News for Northeast Florida Seniors

Older Americans Month: It’s Never too Late to Learn, Jacksonville couple in 80s get UNF honorary degrees after decade of classes

May is Older Americans Month! This year’s theme is “Engage at Every Age.” The focus is on never being too old (or young) to participate in activities that promote healthy physical, mental and emotional well-being. It’s all about being active in your community. When you are active and engaged in your community or with those around you, it helps make a difference. Your engagement shouldn’t just add value to your life, but to those around you as well.

What better way to kick off Older Americans Month than to share this amazing feature from Jacksonville.com of a local couple in their 80’s receiving honorary degrees from the University of North Florida! Congratulations to husband and wife, Mimi and Marty Kaufman on receiving their honorary degrees on Friday, April 27 after 10 years of auditing classes at UNF. It’s never too late to go after your goals in life.

Click here to read their featured story on Jacksonville.com | Click here to learn more about Older Americans Month 

Victory! Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Substantial Increases for Aging Programs

The latest legislative update from The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging ( N4a)

For the full update click here

Seeking Advisory Council Members!

Calling all leaders and community advocates! Serve with ElderSource and help us put our mission into action.

ElderSource is seeking strong community leaders, who can voice the needs and concerns of seniors in their community. We’re looking for people who are great advocates and have a heart of passion for people. Potential Advisory Council members should be forward thinking and looking to be active in making an impact on the seniors and caregivers that we serve. Serving on the Advisory Council helps ElderSource further our mission in effectively serving more seniors and caregivers in our seven county service area. Help make an impact for your community. If you or anyone you know is interested please contact Linda Levin at  Linda.levin@myeldersource.org for more information.

Celebrating All Women

In honor of Women’s History Month, we wanted to celebrate ALL women, including you.

Listening. Understanding. Taking Action

Our 2017 Impact Report is here!

Take a look at what’s inside…

We’ve had an awesome year!  We welcome you to take a peek at what we’ve done to help seniors, caregivers and adults with disabilities as we took our time to listen, understand and take action to better serve our clients in 2017.

ElderSource 2017 Impact Report

 

Seeking Advisory Council Member in Flagler County

We are currently seeking volunteer members for our Advisory Council, specifically seniors who reside in Flagler County.

Duties for an Advisory Council member are:

  • Reporting on the needs of elderly and emerging issues in their respective counties;
  • Reviewing and comment on the agency’s Area Plan;
  • Studying legislative issues and advocate on behalf of the elderly;
  • Assisting in promoting the mission, programs and activities of the agency;
  • Educating the public about the needs and the contributions of the elderly.

Members serve as voices for the counties in which they live. Advisory Council members are comprised primarily of individuals over the age of 60 who inform the ElderSource Board and Management of the needs of elders in their community and help with advocating on their behalf.

“Our Advisory Council members are an important asset to our organization,” said Linda Levin, Executive Director of ElderSource. “They are an active voice we need to hear in order for us to stay in touch on the senior issues affecting the communities in which they live.”

Meetings are held the third Thursday of every other month from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the ElderSource offices located 10688 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, Fl. Advisory Council members are reimbursed for their mileage to and from the meeting.

For more information about how to become an ElderSource Advisory Council member, please call 904.391.6600 or email linda.levin@myeldersource.org.

For information on any of the ElderSource Boards, please call 904.391.6600 or email info@myeldersource.org. We’d love to hear from you and how you can be part of our growing organization!

In The News: Coalition to Stop Senior Hunger

Our Coalition to Stop Senior Hunger has been hard at work in the community helping to meet the needs of seniors. Our program has been featured in the news recently about its recent accomplishments. Take a look at the following links:

n4a Innovation Spotlight

Too Many Seniors Suffer from Hunger – Jacksonville.com

A Community Partnership: Helping Seniors Impacted by Recent Fire at Jacksonville Townhouse Apartments

ElderSource, along with other senior related agencies, had an opportunity to come together to help seniors impacted by the fire of the Jacksonville Townhouse Apartments. Through our Senior to Senior fund ( provided by an endowment from J.Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver through the Community Foundation of NE FL and supplemented by the Jim Moran Fun), we were able to provide 78 seniors and adults with disabilities with $200 Wal-Mart gift cards each.

The Seniors also received assistance from other agencies:

  • Aging True- provided meals
  • City of Jacksonville Senior Services – provided transportation to Wal-Mart for impacted seniors
  • Independent Living Resource Center –  provided durable medical equipment lost in the fire ( walkers, bed pans etc.)
  • Salvation Army – provided meals
  • Red Cross- provided coordination of services to find temporary shelter
  • Housing Manager- provided meals
  • Jacksonville Fire Department Fire Marshall – general support
  • Public Health- Dr. Kelly Wells-  general support
  • Paramedics/EMT – general support

We are so glad to be a part of this partnership to help the seniors impacted by the fire. We send a special thank you to the other partnering agencies.

Looking Back — A Few Reflections from 2017

The great Maya Angelou once said, “You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been.” As the year comes to an end, this is the perfect time to reflect on important moments and accomplishments for the agency in 2017:

Disaster Recovery

After Hurricane Irma, it was no question that our office was willing to step up to help meet the needs of seniors affected by the storm. Many of our staff members were on site at Disaster Recovery Centers in most of the counties that we serve. They were able to help seniors receive support, resources and information to supplement what was already being provided by state and regional agencies. Utilizing financial backing from the First Coast Relief Fund, ElderSource staff working at the DRCs and those answering our Helpline, were able to help seniors pay for basic, but critical necessities —- a place to stay, grocery vouchers and more. Our employees were dedicated, going above and beyond their job duties to ensure seniors were getting what they needed to recover during this critical time, and they continue to provide assistance and relief.

A Night with the Stars

Now in its 4th year, A Night with the Stars proved to be another glittering night filled with food, fun and dancing. Octogenarian, Ken Tannenbaum, was highlighted as this year’s honoree for the Delores Barr Weaver Elder Advocate Award, which is given to an individual who exemplifies leadership and excellence in the senior community. All donations made that evening went toward helping seniors in unexpected financial crisis. We appreciate everyone who was able to attend and give in helping us to further the mission of ElderSource.

 

ElderSource Institute

This year ElderSource Institute trained over 1,000 participants in five different topics related to aging: Age Sensitivity, LGBT Elder Cultural Competency Training, Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention, Disability Sensitivity and Inclusion and Missing Pieces ( end of life planning). ElderSource collaborated with FSCJ and facilitated a series of trainings with their nursing students. In addition, ElderSource Institute expanded its online training opportunities and now offers five different virtual trainings for educational opportunities on a national level. They were also recently awarded a grant from the Grace H. Osborn Endowment at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. With this funding ElderSource Institute will deliver Healthy Eating Workshops to older adults throughout Duval County. They will also be able to provide over 2,500 nutritious, prepackaged, nonperishable meals to older adults who participate in the Healthy Eating Program.

Thank you to everyone who has helped support us throughout the year. We appreciate you believing in our mission to serve more seniors, caregivers and adults with disabilities.

Look for the 2017 Impact Report coming soon!

Medicare Open Enrollment: It’s Not Too Late!

Medicare Open Enrollment ends December 7, 2017 but it’s not too late to enroll and get assistance! Our SHINE program is here to offer free and unbiased information so that you can make the best decision about your healthcare needs. Please call our helpline today at 1-888-242-4464 and ask to speak with a SHINE Counselor for your FREE appointment.

Click here for more information on our SHINE program 

We serve seven counties! Find your county’s counseling sites

 

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Jacksonville, FL 32257

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