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Silver Socialites kick-off the holiday season with ‘The Rockettes’ at the Kravis Center

December 5, 2013

STUART – The holidays are known for bringing tidings of comfort and joy, but they can also cause deep depression in those suffering from loneliness. Realizing how vulnerable seniors remained to loneliness—and its serious, even reportedly potentially fatal, effects—the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida recently founded the Silver Socialites. The Martin County-based program fosters and fascilitates healthy socialization among seniors with activities that get them out enjoying life and making friends. And that can prove a real lifesaver. At 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, the Silver Socialites will enjoy—courtesy of VNA of Florida—a live performance by the Rockettes. The world-renowned dancers known for their high kicks and couture costumes are a centerpiece in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. VNA of Florida created the Silver Socialites after learning of a study by the National Institute of Aging where researchers discovered that loneliness exposed seniors to an “increased rate of death and functional decline.” The study found that seniors most vulnerable to loneliness faced a 59 percent greater risk of decline and a 45 percent greater risk of death. “The Silver Socialites program is one of the most important prevention measures we offer—plus, it’s just a lot of fun for everyone involved,” said Donald Crow, CEO of the VNA of Florida. “Home healthcare remains our primary mission. But not all aliments are as evident as injuries or illnesses. Isolation, or greatly curtailed socialization, takes a toll on everyone—but especially seniors. And as the studies show, the effects can be devastating.” “We believe in truly taking care of our patients and tending to their every need—and that includes their social health, too,” Crow added. With more than 50 participants, Silver Socialites are unique in that they set their own agenda and plan desired outings by providing insight on their individual preferences including activities, preferred locations and specific events around town. This allows them to create a one-of-a-kind completely customizable calendar for social engagements, which include fishing tournaments, festivals and trips to the theater among other community events. VNA of Florida provides transportation to and from the destinations, striving to accommodate the group’s medical needs and personal preferences aboard the nonprofit’s newly remodeled bus equipped with wheelchair access. About VNA of Florida The Visiting Nurse Association of Florida is a non-profit Medicare certified agency that specializes in providing accessible health care to patients in need. Since its foundation in 1976, VNA of Florida continues to expand its services currently treating more than 2 million people in a region spanning 14 counties. VNA of Florida offers a multitude of home-healthcare services including personal care, therapy visits, skilled nursing, medication management and caregiver assistance. The agency also offers education to the public, as well as medical exams, tests and vaccinations aboard its state-of-the-art 38-foot-long mobile medical clinic, the Florence Nightingale Express. In addition, VNA currently operates a luxurious assisted living community called Grand Oaks in Okeechobee with another opening soon in Jensen Beach. For five years in a row VNA of Florida was recognized as one of the top ranking home care agencies in the country by Homecare Elite and also received honors for ranking in the top 20% of home health agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction according to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Home Health Care Survey. For more information, please call Ike Crumpler at 772-201—9996 or Courtney Zanetti at 772-486-7458.

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