Mission: Dedicating each day to serve, support and advocate for aging adults in escambia and santa rosa counties.
Programs: Home delivered meals - nutritionally balanced meals delivered to homebound individuals monday through friday from 10:30 a. M. To 1:30 p. M.
congregate meals - a neighborhood based program which offers the opportunity for active adults to share their noon meal with others their age and to participate in recreational activities, nutrition education, arts and crafts, and other social activities.
in-home respite - provides the primary caregiver relief for a specified time period from the constant,continued care of a functionally impaired older person in the home environment.
Having been a board member for Council on Aging for several years, I've seen firsthand what an integral role the organization plays as an advocate and protector of senior citizens. The staff has a genuine concern for the constituents, going way outside what is considered "their job." A few of COA's crucial programs include operating an adult day center, The Retreat, that offers respite to caregivers of elderly family members; the Foster Grandparent Program which matches senior mentors to children; and Meals on Wheels, a program that gives in-home meal assistance. Without Council on Aging, I believe that many senior citizens would simply fall through the cracks, and I would hold the organization up as a model program to other communities.