Meals on Wheels

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 […]

New program helps feed seniors’ pets

New program helps feed seniors’ pets

The Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program delivers hot, nutritious meals to needy seniors throughout Santa Rosa County. But despite regular deliveries, some of the program’s participants were still losing weight and suffering from malnourishment.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

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, […]

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 […]

Jerauld draws attention to services offered by Council on Aging

Jerauld draws attention to services offered by Council on Aging

Margaret Jerauld has been involved with the Council on Aging of West Florida for nearly 20 years. Her time there has been on and off but her effort to interact with seniors and provide them with valuable information has been remarkably consistent. Her goal on Monday morning at the Holley Navarre Senior Center was to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Food-insecurity among Santa Rosa County seniors

Food-insecurity among Santa Rosa County seniors

Food-insecurity, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture, is “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” While some citizens age 65 and over are healthy and independent, a good number of them rely on help from various food programs in order to supply simple, everyday meals. […]