Council on Aging of West Florida

Preparation key for seniors ahead of major storms

Preparation key for seniors ahead of major storms

Major storms such as a hurricane or tropical storm impact people of all ages but can be particularly challenging for the elderly. Having somewhere to go to be safe and ensuring medications and medical supplies are on hand, as well as making sure an emergency plan is in place for any routine treatments, are all […]

Give65 fund drive an extension of Senior Chill Out

Give65 fund drive an extension of Senior Chill Out

Over the last two summers the Council on Aging of West Florida, in connection with the Give65 campaign, has raised more than $20,000 for the Senior Chill Out Program to help purchase air conditioners and fans for the elderly in need in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The goal is to bring in even more […]

Chill Out plays role in helping vulnerable seniors beat the heat

Chill Out plays role in helping vulnerable seniors beat the heat

It’s time to Chill Out. For nearly a decade the Council on Aging of West Florida has hosted a one-day event to collect new air conditioners, fans and money to help benefit senior citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties who live in homes without an option to stay cool.   Read the full article […]

Support groups promote stroke awareness

Support groups promote stroke awareness

Stroke awareness means a great deal to Carolyn Sumrall, who works with the Council on Aging of West Florida. She started a support group at the Holley Navarre Senior Center earlier this year in the hopes of bringing more awareness to the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States. Read the full article in […]

Elder abuse remains big problem in state

Elder abuse remains big problem in state

Elder abuse is a problem in America. In Florida alone last year, there were reports of more than 38,000 cases involving seniors 60 and older, including close to 3,100 (3,076) in the Northwest Region of the state. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Stroke support group starts up at senior center

Stroke support group starts up at senior center

Support is everything. Especially for someone who has suffered a stroke or is a caregiver for a stroke victim. Carolyn Sumrall, with the Council on Aging of West Florida, has opted to start a support group at the Holley-Navarre Senior Center where she is a board member. Her hope is that it makes a difference. […]

Council on Aging steps up to make lives better

Council on Aging steps up to make lives better

For nearly 50 years, the Council on Aging of West Florida has played a role in making lives better for senior citizens in Northwest Florida. Its mission is to serve, support and advocate for the elderly in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and it serves a purpose many don’t believe exists, according to Josh Newby, […]

Eating right makes a difference as you age

Eating right makes a difference as you age

Nutrition for seniors is important. Thanks to a grant from the state, the University of Florida IFAS Extension Office has been able to provide elderly in the county with useful information about shopping smart on a budget and still eating right. Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Florida among states not getting any younger

Florida among states not getting any younger

America isn’t getting any younger and Florida is among the leaders in greying states. In less than 10 years, the percentage of Americans 65 and older living in Florida will stand at 26 percent, up significantly from the current 19 percent, which as of now, is the highest in the country. Read the full article […]

Technology presents benefits and challenges for seniors

Technology presents benefits and challenges for seniors

Technology is constantly evolving and for senior citizens who didn’t grow up with it and maybe didn’t even use it in the workplace, keeping up with it can be a challenge. David Bruns, who  handles media relations for AARP, notes that there is a digital divide. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue […]

Keeping seniors safe from the heat in summer a priority

Keeping seniors safe from the heat in summer a priority

The topic of summer heat and its impact on senior citizens isn’t new. The need to help seniors stay cool on those days of sweltering temperatures and unforgiving humidity is never-ending. “We say it every year, but it seems there are more people to help than ever,” said Josh Newby, the marketing communications director for […]

Raising awareness critical in battle against Alzheimer’s

Raising awareness critical in battle against Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures are stunning enough to drop your jaw. Consider that it’s the sixth leading cause of death in America and the only one among the top 10 without prevention, treatment or a cure. As of now, there are 5.4 million people in the United States suffering from it, including more than […]

Dubay enjoys role as foster grandparent

Dubay enjoys role as foster grandparent

Beverly Dubay started working with at-risk children in school six years ago. She spends about 20 hours a week at Pea Ridge Elementary in Pace as a foster grandparent, one of many who perform that duty in Escambia and Santa Rosa County schools each week. “I enjoy what I do,” Dubay said. “I love the […]

Council on Aging makes holidays brighter for seniors

Council on Aging makes holidays brighter for seniors

The holiday season was made a little brighter for senior citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, thanks to the Christmas for Seniors Initiative. Started in 2009, businesses in the area, as well as community members, donate money and gifts, such as pajamas, heaters, microwave ovens, food, crafts and puzzles. The initiative meets a need […]

New board members named at senior center

New board members named at senior center

Less than an hour after the general meeting ended Friday afternoon at the Holley-Navarre Senior Center, the votes had been tabulated for the board election and the winners announced. Three new members and a secretary were announced by center member Margaret Russell after she and a few others spent time counting votes in a separate […]

Chill Out event helps seniors beat the heat

Chill Out event helps seniors beat the heat

As a volunteer for the Council on Aging of West Florida, Judy Allen knows what it’s like to go into a warm home on an unbearably hot summer afternoon. “I’ve encountered a lot of those situations visiting clients,” Allen said. “But sometimes they don’t feel as warm as I am, so you suffer through it. […]

Meals on Wheels program extends its reach to pets

Meals on Wheels program extends its reach to pets

Josh Newby of the Council on Aging of West Florida can’t say for sure that senior citizens in need have had more issues affording food for their pets in recent years. But he does know one thing. “I would say the recent focus on this issue stems from new research showing the positive effects pets […]

Summer heat can put elderly population at risk

Summer heat can put elderly population at risk

Just as the mercury rises on the thermometer with the arrival of summer, the need to keep the elderly protected during the warmest months of the year goes up as well. In our area, heat-related illnesses and deaths are far more common among seniors than weather-related issues that arise during the winter months. Read the […]

Volunteers make huge impact in lives of seniors

Volunteers make huge impact in lives of seniors

Tricia Dixon has only been the volunteer program manager for the Council on Aging of West Florida for six months and it’s safe to say she has stayed busy. After all, it’s no easy task coordinating more than 300 volunteers who fill a crucial need for senior citizens in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Read […]

Budget cuts may slow down Meals on Wheels

Budget cuts may slow down Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels might not run as smoothly in the future if the proposed federal budget cuts go through. The budget blueprint includes elimination of Community Services Block Grant and Community Development Block Grant programs that provide $70,000 annually to Meals on Wheels in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties through The Council on Aging of […]

Support groups offered for grandparents raising grandchildren

Support groups offered for grandparents raising grandchildren

Grandparents raising grandchildren is more common than people realize. Statistics from the U.S. Census in 2010 show that 4.9 million children under age 18 were being raised solely by their grandparents, a total double the number (2.4 million) in the 2000 census. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Council on Aging brightens lives of others

Council on Aging brightens lives of others

Council on Aging of West Florida Activities Supervisor Margaret Jerauld can say with confidence the distribution of gifts to clients during the Christmas season was a success. Through the efforts of volunteers and the generosity of donors, more than $31,000 worth of gifts were distributed to 791 clients in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. It […]

Sumrall serves up energy with meals

Sumrall serves up energy with meals

Carolyn Sumrall is a familiar face at the Holley Navarre Senior Center. She can be found inside the center most of the week serving up hot meals to senior citizens, who attend the daily lunches to have a good meal and socialize with others. Sumrall is a site manager with the Council on Aging of […]

Older but not forgotten

Older but not forgotten

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. […]

Council on Aging chills out for a good cause

Council on Aging chills out for a good cause

Ann Constance walks out of the Lowe’s store in Gulf Breeze carrying a brand-new air conditioner, which isn’t an uncommon sight during a Florida summer when the outdoor temperature makes it feel as if you are inside a sauna. The difference in this situation on a steamy Friday afternoon in July is the AC unit […]

Foster Grandparent Program needs Navarre volunteers

Foster Grandparent Program needs Navarre volunteers

The Santa Rosa County School Board renewed its agreement Thursday, June 9 to continue allowing seniors in the Foster Grandparent Program to assist in county school classrooms. The agreement through the Council on Aging of West Florida allows low income seniors, age 55 and up, to volunteer as mentors and assistants in schools, Head Start […]