Sunday, April 1, 2012
Under the new county ordinance, gas stations are required to provide assistance to disabled customers upon request.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
From Hillsborough County Government Online: Disabled drivers officially get some assistance at the pump in Hillsborough County, as the County Gas Ordinance goes live on Sunday, April 1. While County Ordinance 11-23, Gas Pumping Assistance for Persons with Disabilities, went into effect on January 1, 2012, enforcement was delayed 90 days to allow gas station owners the time necessary to comply as appropriate. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires gas stations, including those offering self-service, to provide equal access for their customers with disabilities. For self-service gas stations, the ADA requires gas stations to provide refueling assistance upon the request of a customer with a disability if there is more than one …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
There are steps we can take to help ensure healthy vision later in life.
According to Prevent Blindness America, the risk of severe eye problems increases significantly with age. Vision impairment is common for most people over 65. Robin Quigg is a certified ophthalmic technician with The Eye Institute of West Florida who spoke at the Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center. She encouraged seniors to get a "comprehensive dilated eye exam every year." Quigg addressed the leading causes of blindness in seniors: Here is some of what she shared regarding each of these diseases: • Cataracts - "Most people in their 60s have some degree of cataracts, although they might not realize it," Quigg said. She explained cataracts just come with age. A cataract is a clouding of the eye lens that affects vision. Common symptoms are…
Monday, August 29, 2011
Taking breaks and attending to their own needs can help these dedicated men and women stay at their most effective.
Caregivers are heroes — they care for our community’s most vulnerable. They care for our youngest and eldest generations, provide care and support to the sick and dying, and assist those with substance abuse or mental health disorders and developmental or physical disabilities. These are the family members, friends, professionals, paraprofessionals and volunteers there for us during the most difficult and trying times of our lives. Although caregivers are heroes, they are not superheroes. They are prone to sickness, depression, sleep deprivation and neglecting other physical, emotional and spiritual needs for themselves. They give of themselves but too often forget to give back to themselves to stay physically and mentally healthy. Self …