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Page 6, Jupiter Spotlight
      Commissioner’s Update

      Libraries Enrich Our Lives                           Despite disruptions due to COVID-19, the library   opportunities for community members and organizations to
                                                         system provided continuous service throughout the year   become involved with the library through volunteer efforts
      By County Commissioner                             and transitioned services to meet community needs. There   and partnerships. They have also begun to process passport
      Maria Marino                                       are no longer late fees charged on overdue materials, and   applications as of January this year.
        Andrew Carnegie,                                 enhanced remote access, in-person service and curbside     For the 12th year in a row, the library system has presented
      a n i nd ust ri a l i st  a n d                    pickup have been available to residents. More than 9,500   a balanced budget at the current millage rate of .5491, which
      philanthropist who led the                         people registered for temporary e-cards during March,   they have maintained for 12 years. Reserves of 10 percent
      expansion of the American                          April and May of 2020, and 2.35 million people visited   will be set aside to cover costs associated with emergencies
      steel industry in the late                         the library last year. Palm Beach County’s Library System   and unforeseen events, including disasters. The capital
      19th century, said, “A library                     also garnered Hoopla’s No. 1 library in Florida for users   improvements fund is planning for $12.6 million in anticipated
      outranks any other one thing                       and loans, and No. 5 in the United States.        renovations due to age and use of buildings, and reserves for
      a  community can  do  to                             Resources include the Small Business Reference Center,   future large projects. As the county continues to grow, the
      benefit its people. It is a never                  and access to job information, interviewing tips and resumé   library system will plan for additional expansion projects.
      failing spring in the desert.”                     writing, financial publications, demographics and legal     With so many resources, courses, and activities free for
      According to the American Library Association (ALA),   codes, cases and forms. Consumer health information,   the asking, I encourage you to become a library member.
      libraries in America are cornerstones of the communities they   social services applications and technology training, as   It will enrich your life.
      serve. The ALA states that free access to the books, ideas,   well as an extensive adult education program is available.     If I can be of assistance to you, please let me know by
      resources, and information in America’s libraries is imperative   The library system hosts naturalization ceremonies for   calling (561) 355-2201 or send an email to mmarino@
      for education, employment, enjoyment and self-government.   permanent residents to become U.S. citizens, and provides
        In Palm Beach County, the mission of the library system is
      to connect communities, inspire thought, and enrich lives. This
      special taxing district provides library services to unincorporated   Sunny Skies and Peace of Mind Signal a
      areas of the county and 24 municipalities including the North
      County communities of Juno Beach, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony,
      Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, and Tequesta.   Return to Normalcy at La Posada
        The library system offers in-person and online services at
      17 locations, bookmobile stops, and lends educational kits
      to childcare facilities. Millions of physical items, including      Residents of La Posada,
      books, DVDs, audiobooks, music CDs, and read-aloud story   a Kisco senior living
      times and book discussions are available to library members   community in the heart of
      of all ages. The Summer Reading Program, held virtually   Palm Beach Gardens, are
                                                          enjoying sunny skies and
      this year, helps students maintain their reading progress as   peace of mind as they gather
      they approach the next school year.                 together to fully enjoy all
                                                          that the community offers.
                                                          For many residents, this
        Three Ways To                                     is the first time in the last
                                                          year they’ve felt confident
                                                          removing their masks and
        Help Kids Who                                     getting back into the swing
                                                          of an active lifestyle.
                                                             La Posada offers full-

                                                          service senior living that
        Worry                                             affords an enriched lifestyle. With a unique approach and a
                                                          philosophy centered on giving residents peace of mind, the
                                                          community focuses on providing five-star service in all areas.
                                                          As a resort-style community, residents have access to a variety
        By Jim Forgan, Ph.D.,                             of amenities, including chef-prepared meals, concierge services,
                                                          state-of-the-art wellness programs and so much more.
        School Psychologist                                  “Throughout the pandemic, we adapted our services and
          Is your child a worrier?                        programming so residents could still feel engaged and connected
        Excessive worrying in                             to one another socially,” said Rick Minichino, wellness director
        children might show                               at La Posada. “However, nothing can beat the peace of mind our
        up when he throws up                              residents are experiencing post-vaccination with the ability to
                                                          forego masks. With this return to normalcy, we’re focused on
        every day before school,                          developing new and unique programming to engage our residents
        she has to know your                              and improve their overall health and wellbeing.”
        whereabouts at all times,                                                                         or gathering for a meal, and it’s given all of us an incredible sense
                                                                                                          of hope and eagerness for the days ahead.”
        she can’t sleep in her                                                                               While physical wellness programming has resumed pre-
        own bed, he is afraid of                                                                          COVID initiatives, it’s also the return of events and lifestyle
        a family member dying,                                                                            activities that has residents buzzing. Recently, La Posada hosted
        and she worries so much about what peers think so it                                              its annual Ladies’ Tea, which was the community’s first large
        stifles decision making.                                                                          gathering in celebration of the incredible female residents who
                                                                                                          call the community home. More than 75 of the women who live
          These are real issues and the pandemic has elevated                                             at La Posada gathered together on the community’s terrace for
        anxiety in children. Causes of anxiety include genetics                                           afternoon tea and treats. This special event enabled friends to
        as anxiety often runs in the family tree, past experience                                         gather and celebrate one another, all while enjoying a delicious
        such as being bullied, or temperament. Summer is a                                                meal.
                                                                                                             “We’ve remained focused on ensuring that our residents have
        great time to help your child and teach new coping skills.                                          everything they need to live their lives well and on their own
        One way to help your child is to teach him or her how                                             terms,” said Cadiere. “As we continue to move towards traditional
        to identify triggers. What precipitates the anxiety? Your                                         planning and activities, we’re looking forward to providing new
        child might not want you to leave him and when you go      La Posada’s recent additions to its wellness programming   and engaging opportunities that create a myriad of choices and
        to the store he worries you’ll get in a car accident. Once   include unique activities like cardio drumming and even the social   opportunities for our residents to enjoy, all while making new
        you know the anxiety trigger, teach your child to decide   favorite, cornhole. Such programming allows participants to be   friendships along the way.”
                                                          physically active in ways that are also socially engaging and most
                                                                                                             La Posada features 193 luxurious independent living

        if it is a rational or irrational fear. Thus, you are leaving   importantly, fun. These activities provide a boost in confidence   apartments and 11 independent living cottages, in addition to
        the triggering event that leads to his irrational fear of an   and plenty of physical activity without the need to hit the gym   assisted living apartments, memory care suites, and private rooms
        accident. This takes lots of discussion as well as teaching   or feel like a routine. After a season of social distancing, and in   for short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing. And as a part
        him how to self-calm through breathing.           some cases isolation, it’s this level or programming that assures   of The Art of Living Well  philosophy, residents have ample
          Second, use books or a program. To help a younger   residents there is positive change in the air.   opportunities to strengthen their minds, bodies and spirits at all
                                                             “Since our vaccination clinics, we’ve seen an increase in the

                                                                                                           levels of community life.
        child, you could read What to Do When You Worry Too   number of residents who
        Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety with your   are ready to enjoy their
        child. For a teen you can read The Anxiety and Worry   favorite activities again,”
        Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution by David   said Brad Cadiere,
        Clark. Younger children often benefit from using the   executive director
                                                          of La Posada. “We’re
        Coping Cat program with their parent. You can learn more   absolutely thrilled that
        at                      we can provide our
          Finally, if needed, seek a professional counselor. There   residents with the safety
        are many counselors that use a cognitive behavioral   and security they desire
        therapy approach to treatment. This type of counseling   so that they can enjoy
                                                          all they did before. It’s
        helps your child change negative thoughts into more   been wonderful to see
        positive thoughts. Counseling helps children cope   everyone going to classes
        with and manage anxiety symptoms while gradually
        exposing them to their fears to help them learn skills.   Be our guest for a summertime complimentary lunch and meet some La Posada residents in person to hear how is one good source.              they live life at La Posada.  On July 28 at 11:30 a.m., La Posada will be hosting a Resident Panel Luncheon
          Dr. Forgan tests kids for ADHD/ADD, dyslexia, gifted,   with five-star deliciousness from Chef Guy. Join us for a taste of life at La Posada and see why we earned three
        anxiety, learning disabilities, and processing problems.   Best of Palm Beach County awards three years in a row. Call (561) 277-0660 to RSVP by July 23
        Call (561) 625-4125 or visit                                          so we can save a spot for you!
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