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From the CEO

Spring is near, and here at AFSPA things are moving full speed into the new season.  With the upcoming Virtual Annual Member Meeting and AFSPA in Action spring newsletter, there is much to look forward to over the next few weeks. If you haven’t yet, there is still time to RSVP to the annual meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

I also want to take a moment to reflect on the past year. March marks one year since widespread, social distancing measures began across the United States and other parts of the world. Despite the challenges, AFSPA has remained committed to serving our members in the best ways possible. Your health and wellbeing are our top priority. Below are tips and information to help keep you healthy this March.

What One Year of COVID-19 Means for Kids and Young Adults

It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on people’s mental health over the past year. For kids and teens, missed life events, breaks in continuity of learning and changes in routine can have long-term consequences on their mental health. It is important to recognize and address stress and anxiety in kids across all age groups as a first step to help them cope. Our COVID-19 Updates page lists some helpful resources for seeing our young ones through the uncertain times.

Additionally, our partners at Trestle Tree are developing a series of podcasts geared directly at tweens and teens to help them deal with the isolation caused by the pandemic.  Look for the first one to be available mid-March.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, pop culture or their friends. This year’s health observance week takes place March 22-28 and will offer virtual content for participants to access at their own convenience. For more info, click here.

National Nutrition Month

Increased anxiety and time at home can lead to lots of mindless snacking. Learn how to make more informed food choices during National Nutrition Month! The campaign is held every March and promotes healthful eating and physical activity habits. FSBP members can also get started on their healthy eating journey with the Mediterranean Wellness Program. The interactive, online program includes access to a registered dietician.

Tax Season Updates and Changes

For many reasons, 2020 and 2021 have presented constant changes in tax laws and in how to interact with the IRS and state tax agencies. Our new blog post features tips from John Ermer, Certified Public Accountant at AFSPA’s tax firm partner, Beers, Hamerman, Cohen & Burger, PC, on navigating these changes. Read more here. We’d also like to notify you that Forms 1095-B were mailed out Thursday, February 25. Members should be receiving them in the coming days.

I wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy spring. Thank you for your continued trust and for allowing AFSPA to serve you.

To Your Health,

Paula S. Jakub, RHU
Executive Director, Senior Living Foundation

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