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Council on Aging Partners with Awaken City Church

for Make a Difference Day

On the 26th anniversary of “Make a Difference Day”, Council on Aging will partner with Awaken City Church to help community seniors in St Johns County. This national day of community service connects people with opportunities to serve, increases the strength of communities, and promotes civic engagement.
Through “Make a Difference Day”, Council on Aging and Awaken City Church are joining hundreds of other organizations around the country that are engaging their community in service.
“One of the greatest things we can do is to help those in need,” said Pastor Billy Almaguer, of Awaken City Church. “With the aftermath of Hurricane Irma many of the elderly citizens in our community still need assistance. On October 28th, we get to mobilize as a community of volunteers and Make a Difference.”
Awaken City Church will make a difference by providing volunteers who will lay paver bricks to make the Council on Aging Memorial Garden wheelchair accessible, painting, yard work, and other tasks. By coming together to address a need caused by Hurricane Irma, these organizations are building a stronger, more vibrant community. This will lead to a higher quality of life for not only seniors, but all of St Johns County residents.

Council on Aging Hosts Christmas on the River

Join us on Sunday, November 19th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. when the Council on Aging (COA) hosts “Christmas on the River.”

This year’s theme will be “A Worldwide Journey of Wine Tasting & Gift Giving from the Heart.” This event is a delightful kickoff to the holiday season that includes a festival of wreaths and other decorations, wine tastings and fair trade items from Amistad, delicious food, and seasonal music.

All proceeds benefit Care Connection services. Care Connection is our crisis mitigation for seniors with emergency needs for which there is no other funding source. This year, because of Hurricane Irma, we anticipate a greater need than ever before to help displaced elders who are trying to return to their homes after flooding.

“It is absolutely crucial that we are able to provide these essential in-home services to our seniors,” Becky Yanni, Executive Director, said. “I can’t think of a better way to bring the community together around the holiday season to support such a worthy cause!”

Council on Aging is in search of donations of Christmas wreaths and small trees. These decorations should be made with silk or dried materials and delivered to COA on or before November 3rd.

Sponsorships are also available and include numerous recognition opportunities.

Sponsorship Levels

$60 to be an Auction Sponsor
$250 to be a Ruby Sponsor, includes 2 event tickets
$500 to be an Emerald Sponsor, includes 4 event tickets
$1,000 to be a Diamond Sponsor includes 8 event tickets

Tickets are available for purchase starting October 1st for $45 each. For more information or to become a sponsor, please contact Cindy Walker, Development Program Associate at (904) 209-3687 or cjwalker@stjohnscoa.com

A Celebration of Our Seniors Concert!

The Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre present a Celebration of Our Seniors Concert Event!

Malt Shoppe Memories, an internationally recognized Doo Wop group will perform on Sunday, November 12th at 2:30 on the Canan Law Attorneys Front Porch Stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre !

This event is free and open to the public! Bring a folding chair.

Discover your perfect “fit.”

Attend a FREE CarFit Checkup!

 
This CarFit event will be held at THE PLAYERS Community Senior Center on Thursday, October 19th  from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
CarFit is a FREE, interactive and educational program that teaches participants how to make their personal vehicle “fit” them to increase safety and mobility when they hit the road.
Review 12 key areas of your fit to your car such as adequate space from the steering wheel, proper seat belt use, and properly adjusted head restraints. Learn how to use and adjust your safety devices.
Each checkup takes about 20 minutes- this is not a driving test or mechanical inspection.
To schedule your 20-minute appointment, please call (904) 280-3233. Appointment spaces are limited, so don’t wait!
For more information, visit www.car-fit.org
CarFit is an educational program developed by AAA, AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

COA Staff Works at Emergency Operations Center & Transport Evacuees

Meals On Wheels Uninterrupted

Last week, our kitchen staff and administration worked tirelessly to help provide meals for the Emergency Operations Center officials and staff during and after HurIt’sane Irma. It’s our understanding that some people ended up spending the night at the EOC!
The COA bus drivers and paratransit staff worked to transport people without transportation and those with special needs to shelters before the storm, to life-saving kidney dialysis treatments, and then back home again after the storm.
Meals on Wheels meals were provided through Tuesday before the storm and after the storm meal service was uninterrupted.
Our Council On Aging is quite the operation on a “normal” day and even more so during a crisis. We are so proud of our dedicated and exemplary staff.

A world of possibilities awaits you at the Council On Aging!

Enjoy this editorial from The St Augustine Record!

Click on the link

http://staugustine.com/opinion/2017-09-07/punch-your-ticket-possibility-coa-express

 

 

Florida Council on Aging

Service to Senior Award Presented to SJSO

Congratulations to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office for receiving the Service to Seniors by an Organization Award at the 2017 Florida Conference on Aging in Orlando on Tuesday! Executive Director Becky Yanni from the COA nominated SJSO for their service and the award was sponsored by FPL.

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office (SJSO) Community Affairs Unit is committed to serving the community and works closely with St. Johns County residents through various initiatives and programs. The Safe-Trak and the Community and Advocacy Resources for the Elderly (C.A.R.E.) programs are two of their initiatives that help support seniors in St. Johns County.

The Safe-Trak program is designed for seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. The program helps to facilitate the purchase, caregiver training and on-going maintenance of a radio frequency tracking device to assist in the recovery of the participant should they become lost. SJSO Deputies and other personnel are trained and certified to track through educational and practical components.

The C.A.R.E. program provides several key services to our elderly population. Two SJSO staff members coordinate referrals for need-based services and facilitate connectivity with seniors and foster a more open dialogue between law enforcement and other social services. These staff members along with trained volunteers provide weekly or bi-weekly in-home visitation for elderly individuals who have no local family or who live alone. Staff members respond to reports of elder abuse and exploitation, often preventing further harm to the individual. The Community Affairs Unit also provides crime prevention presentations at senior centers and senior facilities throughout the community.

The Sheriff’s Office is an active member of SPIN, the local senior services networking group, and has been instrumental in helping to organize initiatives that offer medical alert systems and home lock boxes for seniors living alone and at risk for falls.

Sheriff’s Office staff time devoted to these programs is over 2,000 hours and volunteer hours total more than 1000 hours each year.

Sgt Ramona Davis, Sheriff Shoar , Sgt Jim Priester, Mary Alice Colson

Sgt Jim Priester, Becky Yanni, Sgt Ramona Davis, Susan Ponder Stansel, Sheriff Shoar, Dave Lynn, Mary Alice Colson, Cmdr Chuck Mulligan

Susan Ponder Stansel, Sgt Ramona Davis, Sgt Jim Priester, Mary Alice Colson, Sheriff Shoar, Dave Lynn

Have a Delicious Meal & Help Support Council on Aging!

The Columbia Restaurant has again chosen COA as one of the charitable organizations to benefit from its 20th Annual Columbia Restaurant Community Program.

We are asking our community to “Dine Out” for either lunch or dinner during the month of September and earn money for the Council on Aging.

Simply dine at the Columbia Restaurant – afterward, you will receive a “ballot” with your meal check. Mark the Council on Aging as your charity of choice and a portion of your bill will be donated to COA.

Please invite your friends from work, church, or post it on your community’s bulletin board. Help us spread the word: Remember …for the month of September, CHOOSE COLUMBIA AND COA.

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of the elders in St. Johns County!

 

 

Great Times with Retired NFL Football QB Matt Robinson!

Fun at The Players Community Center on July 20th!

It’s Never Too Late!

Congratulations to Roosevelt McCray for successfully passing the 2nd level of the Laubach reading method with his tutor Dr. Mike from Learn To Read of St Johns County, Inc! Tutoring is offered at the COA Council On Aging’s Coastal Community Center.

We are all very proud of your accomplishment, Roosevelt! Keep up the great work!

Retired NFL Quarterback Matt Robinson to Speak!

Join us Thursday, July 20th at 11:00 a.m. at The Players Senior Center in Ponte Vedra! American In-Home Care’s Matt Robinson, retired NFL quarterback will share his experiences! Matt played for the New York Jets, Denver Broncos, and the Buffalo Bills!

There will be a Q&A with giveaways and AIHC will also have a presentation and film!

The Care Connection Caught in the Act!

Ken Leach, the husband of our volunteer coordinator, Amy Leach was working with another volunteer Don Porter to do a minor home repair for our client. The metal was peeling away from the house allowing rain water to seep inside of the walls. So, Ken & Don repaired the metal to correct the problem!

The Care Connection is a volunteer-based program that is designed to help independent elders meet and manage the more challenging demands of everyday life. Call (904) 209-3648 for more information.

 

 

Grant from Meals on Wheels America Supports Clients with Pets!

The COA Council On Aging has received a $1,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America to support our client pet support program! Funding will be used to provide food, supplies and care for area clients with pets!

Becky Yanni, Executive Director of the St. Johns County Council on Aging said “For home bound elders, pets can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and increase healthy physical activity. Most importantly, pets become a member of the family, providing love and companionship. We are so pleased to be able to offer assistance to our home bound elders to allow them to keep their “family” together.”

This generous award will help our Meals on Wheels program continue to serve over 50 pets currently receiving food on a monthly basis. Combining this financial support with the generous donations received from the St. Johns Veterinary Hospital, MuraBella Animal Hospital, and Bartram Trail Veterinary Hospital will give us the ability to provide a greater amount of food each month to our existing clients as well as insure that we are able to provide pet food to any new Meals on Wheels clients.

For more information, please call us at (904) 209-3632.

 

Powder House Lot Historical Native Plant Garden Gets a New Walkway!

Bob Long believed in giving back to the community. Bob recently passed away at the age of 100 and was an active community volunteer for many years. His spirit of community service was evident this past Monday when many of his children, grandchildren, and even a couple of great grandkids, gathered to work on a project in his honor and memory, in a garden at the Council on Aging (COA) Coastal Community Center, a collaboration of the COA and the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) Sea Oats Chapter. A handicap accessible walkway was built with pavers generously donated by Southern Horticulture and Stone Plus.

Eleven members of the Long family donated time, energy, and a lot of sweat to lay down the pavers. Although they had no prior experience, they quickly became pros, and the result is a fantastic beginning for this effort.

More pavers and volunteers are still needed. If you are interested in helping out, contact Amy Leach, COA Volunteer Coordinator at (904) 209-3686.

Love is in the Air at the COA!

Angelina Giardino, 77 years young, moved here to live with her daughter from Puerto Rico in January of 2016 and joined the community center in February. Nick Fiore, 82 years young, started at the community center in December of 2016.

For Nick, it was love at first sight when he met Angelina. They both had the same circle of friends and would meet at the center for dominoes, Spanish class, and many more of our daily activities.

By February of 2017, love was in the air! Angelina and Nick were the talk of the center. They made their relationship public and were inseparable.

Plans for the wedding are already underway, and the happy couple is looking at late summer or early fall for wedding dates.

We hope that this love story inspires others! Love is possible at any age!

Help the COA When You Use Amazon!

Shop on AmazonSmile and .5% of eligible purchases are donated to the COA! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com.
The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.
Use this link when shopping at Amazon.com to have .5% of your purchase of eligible items donated back to the COA! Click here.

Caregiver 101 classes for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia

If your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia – this course will provide you with a great deal of beneficial knowledge. Learning about the special care needs that are involved with this specialized care helps make the caregiver feel more confident and empowers them to give the best care to their loved one as possible as well as to themselves.

Caregiving can be an isolating experience. Attending classes allows the caregiver to talk to experts in the field as well as provide the opportunity to socialize with others facing similar experiences. Caregiving does not need to be a lonely experience.  Best of all, classes are free and are held one Tuesday afternoon a month at 2 locations: 180 Marine St., St. Augustine 32084 and 1048 A1A N, Ponte Vedra Beach FL, 32082.

For more details, call Paulette Kozlowski RN at the COA at: 904-209-3674 or email her at: pkozlowski@stjohnscoa.com

 

FREE Insurance Workshop!

The Florida Department of Financial Services and State Representative Cyndi Stevenson will be hosting an Insurance – Disaster Workshop at the Saint Johns County Board of County Commission Auditorium next Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

This workshop will offer valuable information on financially preparing for a disaster, ensuring that you have adequate insurance coverage and questions to ask your insurance agent. This is especially beneficial as we are still in recovery from Hurricane Matthew and just began the 2017 Hurricane Season.

Congratulations Bruce Barber!

Congratulations to Council On Aging board member Bruce Barber of the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach for receiving the prestigious Al Watson Memorial “Service Above Self” Award at the 2017 Rotary 6970 All Star Conference in Atlanta, Georgia!
Bruce has many years of exemplary service in Rotary and in our community!
Watch an interview with Bruce here!

AARP Smart Driver Improvement Course

 
The Council on Aging and AARP will be sponsoring a class for mature drivers (55 and over).
A driver improvement course can help senior drivers keep driving knowledge fresh and get the most out of your vehicle, while reducing risk to you, your passengers and others on the road.
AARP driver improvement courses may enable you to receive a discount on insurance premiums.
The class will be held at River House, 179 Marine Street, on Tuesday, June 20, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (30 min lunch break).
Reservations are required, please call 209-3655 to reserve your place. Cost at the door is $20 for AARP members and $25 for Non-AARP members.
You must bring your AARP Membership card to receive the discount. Please call 209-3655 or email tbennett@stjohnscoa.com

 

Please Take This Online Survey from the Florida Department of Health

Led by the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County since 2004, the St. Johns County Health Leadership Council is working to complete its fifth comprehensive Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan which will be published later this year.  Your feedback is important, please complete our survey: How Healthy is St. Johns County?

An important component of the Community Health Assessment process, a community-wide survey will be conducted throughout May and June.  This is an opportunity for St. Johns residents to share their opinions about health and the quality of life in the county.

Your input will continue to help make St. Johns County a healthier place to live, learn, work, and play.  Paper surveys will be offered at numerous locations throughout the county.  A web-based survey is also available online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2DWZ793

St. Johns County has remained the healthiest county in Florida for the last six years, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute’s national 2017 County Health Rankings Report – and we want to keep it that way!  The information collected in this community-wide survey will be used to develop the 2017-2020 Community Health Improvement Plan for St. Johns County which will address opportunities for improvement identified during this community health assessment process.

St. Johns County Health Leadership Council, chaired by Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County and Flagler Hospital, is a collaborative of community partners dedicated to county-wide community health assessment and health improvement planning. The Council’s mission is to promote, protect and improve the health of all people in St. Johns County, Florida.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the survey, please contact Judy Anderson at the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County at 904-209-3250 x 1004. 

 

Older Americans Month

Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular, those who defended our country. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities.

Attention Caregivers!

Online registration is now open for the Caregiver Expo 2017 on Saturday, May 13th at The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.
The free event, now in its sixth year, is a day of pampering, learning and fun for all First Coast caregivers. It includes more than 100 community exhibitors offering information, prizes and valuable services, no-cost health screenings and personal care services such as hair care and massage, free samples from area restaurants, and complimentary on-site respite care on request.
The event is hosted by the Caregiver Coalition of Northeast Florida, a program of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, and is presented by AARP.
For more information and to register, click here.

COA Announces Annual Centenarian Luncheon

The Council on Aging would like to honor our community centenarians and nonagenarians at the Annual Centenarian Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 4th at 12 pm at River House, 179 Marine Street, St. Augustine, Florida 32084.

The Centenarian Luncheon is proudly sponsored by Center State Bank, St. Johns Food Services, and St. Johns County Property Appraiser – Eddie Creamer. Table sponsorships are available for $200.00 and include two seats at your table for the luncheon along with a variety of special recognitions.

If you or someone you want to honor is age 95 or over, please contact us to participate in this very special celebration of our community’s treasured senior citizens.

For information or to RSVP contact Jane Faybik at 904-209-3687 or jfaybik@stjohnscoa.com

 

Matanzas Voices Coming to The River House!

Join us on Tuesday, April 4th at The River House at 6:00 pm for Matanzas Voices, a project of Friends of Matanzas, an educational organization and community nonprofit advocating for the Matanzas River and her communities.

This listening event will feature our first installment of five interviews, which are supported by the Matanzas Riverkeeper, the Florida Humanities Council, and the generosity of local donors. The short presentation will be followed by light refreshments.

This event is free and open to the public!

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The COA Needs Volunteers!

If you’re able to volunteer for any of these positions, please call (904) 209-3686 or e-mail aleach@stjohnscoa.com

SUNSHINE CENTER:
180 Marine Street, St. Augustine, 32084
Volunteer needed Wednesday and Friday from 1-4 pm to assist with activities, games, exercise, art, crafts and music. Donations needed for bingo prizes, small gift items.

CARE CONNECTION:
180 Marine Street, St. Augustine, 32084
Volunteer with pick-up truck needed on “as needed” basis to pick up donations such as wheelchairs, lift chairs, walkers, etc.

INTEGRATIVE MEMORY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM:
180 Marine Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Volunteer musician (especially guitarist) needed to perform at our Ponte Vedra Memory Care Center every other week for memory care participants.

THE PLAYERS COMMUNITY SENIOR CENTER:
175 Landrum Lane, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082
Volunteers needed for activities (set up & participation) and reception.

 

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GET BEHIND THE PLATE! THE COA HOME PLATE PROJECT!
Maintaining optimal health is one critical key to successful aging. And proper nutrition plays an important role in staying healthy. Now you can sponsor home-delivered meals for elders who are making the hospital-to-home transition. According to a survey by Flagler Hospital, help with meals is the #1 request made by the older community upon discharge from a hospital or rehab care facility.  Please call  Emily Quam at (904) 209-3693 to learn more.
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CENTER STATE BANK ANNOUNCES A CHARITY GIVEAWAY!
And it’s sooooo easy! There’s nothing to buy, no money for you to donate, no cash to deposit and no account to open. Simply visit the bank, located at 709 S. Ponce de Leon  Blvd. in St. Augustine anytime between now and February 28th, and cast your vote for your favorite charity of the four listed. The organization with the most votes will receive a $3000. donation from Center State Bank! The three remaining nonprofits will each receive $500. from Center State. Wow! What’s not to like about this one? Thanks, Center State Bank.
COA TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR ED CLARK IS ‘IN THE SPOTLIGHT!”
Ed Clark is passionate about para-transit! And that’s great news for all of us…read all about it by clicking HERE!
THE HASTINGS GROUP!
They just can’t sit still for one minute! The folks at the Hastings Community Center took a field trip – and did some major moves while they were at it! Way to go!!
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ALL BEST WISHES FOR A HEALTH, HAPPINESS … AND AN EXTRA MEASURE OF FUN…THIS YEAR AND EVERY YEAR! MAY 2017 BE YOUR BEST YEAR YET.
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SANTA IS HEADED TO THE SANDBAR
Santa will be stopping by the Sandbar Pub, 7025 A1A South on Wednesday, December 14th from 4-8 pm … and he’ll be looking for YOU! You can probably find him enjoying a delicious fried fish dinner for just $10…or talking with one of our celebrity bartenders about a delicious libation made especially for him! All proceeds from the event go to provide a very merry Christmas for area elders. Please call Jeannie Berger at 461-4671 or Jane Faybik at 209-3687 for details. See you…and Santa…at the Sandbar Pub!
 
IT’S TIME FOR…CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER!
Sunday, November 20th from 5-8 pm at River House, 179 Marine St.  Featuring the Festival of Wreaths and a wine tasting with Vino del Grotto! Please call Jane Faybik at (904) 209-3687 for all the details.
(And click here for a video and sponsor list)
COA EXPANDS ADULT DAY CARE SERVICES
The Council on Aging is thrilled to announce the opening of the Ponte Vedra Adult Day Care Center, located at 1048 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach. (adjacent to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall). The Ponte Vedra Adult Day Care Center joins the Sunshine Center, 179 Marine St. in downtown St. Augustine to offer licensed, adult day care in St. Johns County under the direction of the Council on Aging.
With over 4,000 people in St. Johns County dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, providing professional, compassionate care is a priority and COA has taken the lead in addressing this issue. Please call (904) 209-3674 and ask for information about the Sunshine Center or the Ponte Vedra Adult Day Care Center. We’re COA…we can help!
(Ponte Vedra Memory Care Center, license #9336; The Sunshine Center, license #9081)

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