Josh Newby

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]