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Take Advantage of Special Senior Shopping Hours

Depending on who you ask, I may or may not be a senior citizen. I recall joining AARP at the ripe old age of 37. (The organization must have needed to up their memberships!) And I was last carded for a purchase at age 43. (Even with my good genes, that cashier REALLY needed to get her eyes checked.) Let’s just say I’ve now reached the age where I can now move into a retirement community.

The age of a senior citizen varies according to different sources. For example, according to Medicare, a senior is defined as 65 years old or older. However, Social Security benefits are eligible for seniors starting at 62, even though the Social Security Office reports that 67 is the age of retirement.

The Florida Stay-at-Home Order did not initially specify the minimum age of seniors, but it did require them to self isolate. Nevertheless, seniors need food too.

Governor DeSantis did later clarify that senior citizens were defined as “65 and older” – contrary to existing Florida law which defines a senior citizen as “60 years of age and older.” DeSantis also later explained that seniors may leave their homes when necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. That may come as quite a relief to those such persons that need may or may not need to eat. For more information on the clarified answers, visit the Forbes website.

The following local businesses do offer early morning shopping hours to provide seniors the opportunity to limit their exposure to crowds and get their much-needed staples.

And even though I personally married a bonafide senior citizen, I do make him stay home as much as possible to keep well and truly safe.

BJ’s                                          Daily                                        8 – 9 a.m.

Costco                                   Tuesday & Thursday         9 – 10 a.m.

Dollar General                   Daily                                        First hour of business

The Fresh Market             Monday – Friday               8 – 9 a.m.

Publix                                    Tuesday & Wednesday    7 – 8 a.m.

Staples                                   Monday – Friday               9 – 10 a.m.

Target                                     Wednesday                         8 – 9 a.m.

Walgreens                            Tuesday                                 8 – 9 a.m.

Walmart                                Tuesday                                First hour of business

Whole Foods                       Daily                                      8 – 9 a.m.

Winn-Dixie                           Monday – Friday             8 – 9 a.m.

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