For more than 50 years the Council on Aging of West Florida’s Senior Companions program has had a positive impact on the lives of the elderly in the area.
Healthy adults at least 55 years old are matched up with older adults who need assistance with simple tasks such as shopping, light housekeeping and cooking. A total of 50 senior companions are currently involved in the federally funded program but there is still a big need for companions in Gulf Breeze and Navarre.
“We’d love to expand and have more (senior companions) in Santa Rosa County,” said Robin Stephens, who is the director of the program. “We’ve had several people from Navarre and Gulf Breeze who have called in but we don’t have the people there that can do it.”
The majority of the companions help others in Escambia County – only three of the companions work in either Milton or Pace – and getting involved doesn’t require much effort.
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