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Make Plans Now for the Nassau County Council on Aging Gala

Make Plans Now for the Nassau County Council on Aging GalaFernandina Beach, FL – What 1964 Frank Sinatra song was “the first music ever heard on the Moon” when played on a portable cassette player by Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin after he stepped onto its surface in 1969? If you answered “Fly Me to the Moon,” then you won’t want to miss the Nassau County Council on Aging’s 2015 Gala on Friday, October 2, 2015.

The theme of this year’s event is, as you probably guessed, “Fly Me to the Moon” and the evening promises to enchant guests with celestial surroundings at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation beginning at 6 p.m.

Guests can immortalize their evening at the Paper Moon Photo Booth and then enjoy a superb full-course dinner with wine. Only the Moon and the stars, and those attending the Gala, will know which of the night’s stellar entertainments will be most popular: The incomparable singing of Rick Davis and his playlist of nostalgic songs or the live and silent auctions featuring everything from jewelry to fine art, premier golfing packages to unique gift baskets.

Corporate and individual sponsorships for the Gala are still available. Ranging from the Crescent Moon level at $500 up to the $10,000 Sapphire Moon sponsorship – contributing to the Gala not only affords sponsors numerous promotional opportunities, but assists the NCCOA in providing home-delivered meals, home healthcare, transportation, adult day healthcare and more to Nassau County seniors.

So, mark your calendars now and join us for a memorable night of Moon magic at the Nassau County Council on Aging’s 2015 Gala, Friday, October 2 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Call (904) 261-0701 or visit the Events page of their website at www.nassaucountycoa.org for more information or to make a reservation.

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Caring for the Caregiver at Fernandina Senior Center

Caring for the Caregiver at Fernandina Senior CenterFernandina Beach, FL – Taking care of a loved one is not easy. All too often the caregiver pays a high price and this can lead to all sorts of emotional and sometimes even physical problems. According to Aging Facilitator Barbara Bruce, caring for a loved one can be both a blessing and a burden, because we act out of love and often give 100 percent to our loved one and 0 percent for ourselves.

Bruce will be leading a Strategies for Caring for the Caregiver presentation at Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) on March 19th from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Senior Center.

She invites the public to come experience tried and tested ways to care for themselves as the caregiver. These strategies take little time and provide great benefit to ourselves and the people we love and care for.

The public is invited to register for this free event by calling NCCOA at (904) 261-0701. The Senior Center is located at 1367 South 18th St across from Baptist Medical Center.

In its 41st year of service to senior citizens, Nassau County Council on Aging’s mission is to improve the lives of older adults with a special focus on those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. We accomplish this through our Senior Life Centers, providing vital programs, services and compassionate care designed to improve the health, independence and economic security of Nassau County seniors and their families. We are partially funded by government grants, foundation funding and donations from private individuals.

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Council on Aging Adds Evening Caregiver Support Group

Council on Aging Adds Evening Caregiver Support Group
Fernandina Beach, FL – Nassau County Council on Aging is pleased to announce a monthly evening support group for caregivers. The first meeting of the evening group will be held Tuesday, March 3rd from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Senior Center located at 1367 South 18th St, across from Baptist Medical Center.

Subsequent meetings of the evening group will be held the first Tuesday of each month beginning at 6 p.m. The evening meetings are open to anyone who is a caregiver for someone who is sick, elderly or disabled.

The evening group is in addition to the regular monthly daytime caregiver group that meets every third Thursday of the month from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Senior Center.

As our population ages, more and more people are taking on the role as caregiver. This can lead to increased stress, frustration, anxiety and depression. The key to being an effective caregiver is remembering to take of yourself before taking care of others.

Meetings for both caregiver groups are free of charge.

For more information, call (904) 261-0701. You may also email Dawna Cornelissen at dcornelissen@nassaucountycoa.org or Sue Keith at Skeith@nassaucountycoa.org.

In its 41st year of serving Nassau County Seniors, the Council on Aging is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, the highest level of charitable organization. We cheerfully deliver critical services to Nassau County seniors in five categories including Meals on Wheels, COA Transportation, Home Health Services, and Adult Day Health Care, while operating two Senior Life Centers. We are partially funded by government grants, foundation funding and individual donations.

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Vietman Vet Gets Help with Critical Home Repairs

Vietman Vet Gets Help with Critical Home RepairsFernandina Beach, FL – Partners can make a difference. Late last year, Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) received a request from a Fernandina Beach resident for assistance. Mr. Bob Danker, a Vietnam War veteran, served as a member of a River Gun Boat team. Suffering from ill health, Danker needed assistance on a critical home repairs.

Pictured A volunteer helps paint the eaves of a house belonging to a local Vietnam Veteran. A large team of volunteers gathered at the home which was in disrepair, and worked together to bring the structure back up to code.
PHOTO by Frances Bartelt

NCCOA volunteers, supported by Home Depot’s Grant for Home Repairs for Veterans Outreach, completed the critical repair of his home in late 2014. However, there was much still to accomplish since the home had not been maintained for some time. This is where more local partners got involved.

During a recent tour of NCCOA’s Fernandina Beach Senior Center. C. A. McDonald, a Plant Manager at Rayonier Corporation, asked if two groups he is involved with, could help out. Bart Cormier, a COA volunteer suggested the groups volunteer and help complete the remaining work on Danker’s home.

The Alert Cadets, a father/sons organization, and members from the Redeemer Community Church tackled exterior pressure washing, siding replacement, fixing a leaky roof, demolition material removal, and a complete exterior paint job. Along with the Home Depot grant, Regional Community Church also donated some of the materials for this large home repair project.

Group image of Volunteers

Pictured: Bart Cormier, NCCOA volunteer positioned in the lower right, poses with the entire team of volunteers consisting of members of the Alert Cadets, members from the Redeemer Community Church and others who took time to help out an aging local veteran. The materials for this project were paid for by a Home Depot grant, and the members of the Regional Community Church.
Photo by Frances Bartelt

According to volunteer Bart Cormier, Nassau County is full of neighbors looking to lend a hand.

“There’s no doubt that the hearts of many in Nassau County want to express their love of neighbor for those that need a helping hand. In this case, much good was accomplished and strangers are strangers no more,” he explained.

In a few short weeks, the Danker home has been restored to good order. Thanks to the partnership of NCCOA, Home Depot, Alert Cadets and the Regional Community Church, a significant difference was made in the life of one man and his home. The synergy of this partnership multiplied the individual efforts and lessened the burden for each along the way. The success of this type of informal partnership could be contagious and spread. We hope it does.

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Grief Support Seminar at Council on Aging

Grief Support Seminar at Council on AgingFernandina Beach, FL – Is there an area of your life where you are not feeling fulfilled? Are you struggling with overwhelmingly sad feelings that come with suffering a loss in your life? Are you ready and willing to take action and yet are not sure how?

Come to Nassau County Council on Aging for a free personal development seminar where you can learn ways to create feelings of fulfillment and abundance with tips and strategies overcome those unpleasant emotions. This event will be held at the NCCOA Senior Center located at 1367 S. 18th St. in Fernandina Beach, FL on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 at 2 p.m.

According to Janice Ancrum, NCCOA’s Executive Director, seminars on various topics of importance have a lot of value to the community, “We think a grief seminar is a great idea,” she said.

If you would like to attend, please call 815-748-4676 or email inspeakermode@gmail.com to register for this free event.

Barbara Ellison is a certified personal development trainer, She is certified by Peak Potentials Training, one of the fastest growing business and personal success training companies in North America. Part off their mission is to educate and inspire people to live a life of courage, purpose and joy. Barbara totally shares this mission believing that gender, age, ethnic background should not hinder anyone from living up to their own personal potential. She has studied extensively and has dedicated her life to bringing personal growth and fulfillment to men and women who have suffered loss through death, divorce, career,

In its 41st year of service to senior citizens, Nassau County Council on Aging’s mission is to improve the lives of older adults with a special focus on those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. We accomplish this through our Senior Life Centers, providing vital programs, services and compassionate care designed to improve the health, independence and economic security of Nassau County seniors and their families. We are partially funded by government grants, foundation funding and donations from private individuals.

Pictured: Certified personal development trainer, Barbara Ellison gives her 98 year-old father Malcolm Lunan a hug. She will be teaching a free seminar on overcoming negative feelings on February 23rd at 2 pm at NCCOA’s Senior Center.

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Amelia Musical Playhouse Presents Transitions

Amelia Musical Playhouse Presents TransitionsAmelia Musical Playhouse presents two one-act plays depicting seniors who are coping with transitions in their life, directed by Jan Cote-Merow.

The first half of the production is the scene Last Rights from the 5-act play Hitchhike by Joanna Pucci. It features two characters, the passenger, an 80-year-old man and the driver, of indeterminate age. As the scene progresses it becomes clear that this is more than a normal taxi ride since the driver speaks to the man about events in his life.

The second half is the play We Interrupt, written by local playwright Jane McAdams. About a widow, Lily, who is coping with the recent death of her husband, Joe, the play’s supporting characters include Katie, her teenage granddaughter; her handyman Douglas and his teen nephew; and her friend, Cynthia.

Transitions has number of songs and poems, which have to do with senior issues. Besides a thoughtful evening of drama, half of the ticket proceeds will help Nassau County Council on Aging’s various programs to continue to serve seniors in our community.

In its 41st year of service to senior citizens, Nassau County Council on Aging’s mission is to improve the lives of older adults with a special focus on those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. We accomplish this through our Senior Life Centers, providing vital programs, services and compassionate care designed to improve the health, independence and economic security of Nassau County seniors and their families. Partially funded by government grants, the foundation funding and donations come from private individuals.

Tickets are $15.00 and $10.00 for students.

Please call (904) 277-3455 for additional information, or visit www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com.

Complimentary refreshments will be served during intermission.

Amelia Musical Playhouse is located at 1955 Island Walkway, in Fernandina Beach.

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Council on Aging Receives 10K Grant from Bi-Lo Holdings

Council on Aging Receives 10K Grant from Bi-Lo HoldingsPictured: From L to R: Winn-Dixie Service Area Manager Katelyn Finsness, NCCOA Director Janice Ancrum and Store Director Mark Giddens award a display check to NCCOA. These funds will be used by NCCOA to help offset homebound senior hunger and malnutrition in Nassau County.

Nassau County, FL – Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) is pleased to announce they were selected to receive a ten thousand dollar grant from Bi-Lo Holdings/Winn Dixie Foundation. The mission of the Bi-Lo Holdings/Winn-Dixie Foundation is to help launch or facilitate sustainable programs that alleviate hunger directly or enhance hunger-related education or Health initiatives.

NCCOA received this grant through its Aging Senior Veteran’s Hunger Initiative program which aspires to reduce hunger and malnutrition among seniors, and disabled home-bound veterans in Nassau County through the delivery of nutritionally balanced meals to their homes.

The Aging Senior Veterans Hunger Initiative came about after the organization, Feed our Vets, reported hunger among the nation’s 1.2 million vets over 60 years of age had reached critical levels. While this initiative targets senior veterans, it will NOT exclude eligible non-veteran seniors from being served by NCCOA’s Home Delivered Meals program. Some of these awarded funds will be used for the Senior Veteran’s Hunger Initiative which will free up other funding sources, allowing NCCOA to feed additional homebound seniors.

“We are so thankful to receive this grant from the Bi-Lo Holdings/Winn-Dixie Foundation,” said Janice Ancrum, NCCOA’s Executive Director. “We strive to feed as many homebound seniors as our funding will allow, but sadly, there are those who still go hungry on a regular basis. This grant will definitely help to alleviate this problem,” she added.

In its 40th year serving the needs of Nassau County seniors, The Nassau County Council on Aging is a 501(3)(c) not for profit agency. We cheerfully deliver critical services to Nassau County seniors through five outreach programs: Home Health Services, Transportation Services, Meals on Wheels, and Adult Day Healthcare while operating Two Senior Centers. The COA is partially funded by local and federal grants and donations from local individuals and businesses.

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Council on Aging Hires Grant Writer

Council on Aging Hires Grant WriterSue Keith joins Nassau County Council on Aging as the Grants and Development Officer. She brings more than 14 years of experience to the organization which relies on grants and funding from a variety of sources.
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FERNANDINA BEACH, FL — The Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) has announced the appointment of Sue Keith as Grants & Development Officer. She assumed her responsibilities on Monday, November 3, 2014. Janice Ancrum, NCCOA’s Executive Director is excited about this newly created position for securing the critical funding which helps underwrite the services provided to senior citizens throughout Nassau County.

Sue has been a grant writer and development specialist for more than fourteen years and has experience with diverse funding sources, including government grants, foundation grants, and corporate contributions. She developed a love for serving seniors and their caregivers after spending six years caring for her parents, especially her father who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

“I am honored and grateful to be a part of this incredible team of people,” She said. “I am combining a love of nonprofit development work and also, helping an organization whose mission is dear to my heart – the Nassau County Council on Aging.”

NCCOA’s mission is to improve the lives of older adults with a special focus on those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. This mission is accomplished through local and state grants and financial support from the Nassau County community. NCCOA’s programs include Adult Day Healthcare; Senior Centers in both Fernandina Beach and Hilliard; Transportation Service; Meals on Wheels; and Home Health Services.

“We are so happy to have Sue join us,” said Janice Ancrum, NCCOA Executive Director. “This new position will allow us to conduct up-to-date research on senior initiatives and competitively apply for funding to further our mission and vision.”

“We are especially grateful to Baptist Health’s Social and Responsibility Committee who awarded NCCOA the funding for this grant writer/development position,” she added.

In its 40th year serving the needs of Nassau County seniors, The Nassau County Council on Aging is a 501(3)(c) not for profit agency.. The COA is partially funded by local, state and federal grants and donations from local individuals and businesses.

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Second Annual Senior Expo and Health Fair

Second Annual Senior Expo and Health Fair

Fernandina Beach, FL – The Council on Aging of Nassau County and Baptist Health Hospital have joined forces to present the 2nd annual Senior Expo and Health Fair on Friday, August 15th. This event will bring together more than forty state and local organizations who will present a wide variety of health and wellness information to Nassau County senior citizens.

This expo is free of charge and will be held at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center’s main auditorium. The goal of this event is to educate and enlighten seniors resulting in a longer, healthier life.

The Senior Expo and Health Fair will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. While the information offered is geared for individuals 60 + years of age, the public is invited to attend this free event. Health tests and screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, bone density and glucose levels will also be offered at the expo free of charge. Influenza vaccinations will also be available through Walgreens Pharmacy.

In its 40th year serving the needs of Nassau County seniors, The Council on Aging of Nassau County is a 501(3)(c) not for profit agency. There are five outreach programs currently offered by the COA: Two Senior Centers, In-home Services, Transportation Services, Meals on Wheels, and Adult Day Healthcare. The COA is partially funded by local and federal grants and donations from local individuals and businesses.

For more information, please visit their website: www.coanassau.com.

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Congressman Ander Crenshaw Visits Council on Aging Nassau

Congressman Ander Crenshaw Visits Council on Aging NassauFernandina Beach, FL – Congressman Ander Crenshaw provided a Capitol Hill update on top federal issues and outlined how his office can address seniors’ questions and concerns with the federal government at a briefing, which were hosted by the Nassau County Council on Aging on Monday, July 21.

Nassau County Council on Aging’s Executive Director Janice Ancrum introduced the Congressman to the audience of nearly four dozen seniors who gathered to hear him speak. Crenshaw was joined by spokespeople from the Social Security Administration, Supervisor of Elections and the Fernandina Beach Senior Crimes Division who touched on various topics of interest.

Originally a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Crenshaw is now a member of the Appropriations Committee where he chairs the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee and sits on the prestigious Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and also serves on the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee.

In its 40th year of serving Nassau County Seniors, the Council on Aging is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, the highest level of charitable organization. We cheerfully deliver critical services to Nassau County seniors in five categories including Meals on Wheels, COA Transportation, In-Home Care, and Adult Day Health Care, while operating two Senior Life Centers. We are funded by donations from private individuals and some government grants.

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Council on Aging Fix It Volunteers at Your Service

Searchamelia: Nassau County Council on Aging Fix It Volunteers

COA Volunteers Suggest Calling them long before this occurs

Here on Amelia Island and Nassau County Florida, we all know of the 5 outreach programs offered to the senior community by the Council on Aging. From transportation services and meals on wheels to Adult Day Healthcare, in-home services and 2 senior centers, COA serves the needs of seniors in this county for more than 40 years.

The Fix It Volunteers is a “new” service that assist seniors with repair issues in their homeplace.

One of Nassau County’s many charms is the sense of rustic Florida with all the nature that comes with it. Sometimes the natural world gets a bit too close, however. Homeowners all over Nassau County are all too familiar with raccoons and possums, and the occasional loud bump as tree limbs or heavy branches hit the roof during storms. But what happens when you’re an elderly person, living alone, and a heavy tree branch lands on the roof?   Unfortunately, there are often no immediate symptoms and soon it’s forgotten.  Time and weather may then become the enemy.

Seniors throughout the county have this happen to their homes regularly.  If there’s no damage to the roof, the branch is just a nuisance. However, if the limb or branch rips a shingle or punctures the roof underlayment, this leads to a cascading deterioration of the home.

Bart Cormier, a Council on Aging of Nassau County (COA) Fix it volunteer, says little roof problems will grow into large expensive roof problems over time.
“The cost of replacing a few shingles or even a small segment of a roof pales in comparison to the many thousands it would take to re-roof a home and perform interior restoration.” he says.

“When I get a call to an elderly person’s home where there is a complaint of water leaks from the roof, I hope to make a small roof repair, but too often the problem has festered far too long, and there’s severe water damage manifested in wood rot and interior mold.  That’s when the WHOLE roof needs to be replaced along with an interior restoration!” he explains. “I went to one seniors’ home and the roof was literally rotted all the way through with extensive damage to both the attic area and the interior ceilings due to repeated rain storms and animal infestations,” Cormier explained, “It severely limits our ability to help them”.

The Council on Aging wants to spread the word that if you are a senior who needs help in any number of areas, give them a call (904) 261-0701. The agency has lots of volunteers with different skill-sets who want to help out in a variety of ways.  Most importantly, the COA asks that you become vigilant of things that happen during storms affecting your roof.  Also, be sure to alert your neighbors if you see something they might have missed, such as a large fallen limb.

The COA Fix it volunteers continue to reach out and assist as many seniors as time and budgets allow.  Unfortunately, the scope of the repairs that the COA Fix-it volunteers can do is mostly limited to common handyman skills, as volunteers may have no professional repair skills beyond the basics, limited tools, and general capabilities of typical Do-It-Yourself (DIY) homeowners.

However, they are driven with a willingness to make a difference, and a sincere desire to keep the seniors living in a safe dwelling.
“Your day isn’t close to perfect unless you can help someone that you know cannot pay you back. I really subscribe to that,” Cormier says.

John Denver Tribute Concert for Meals on Wheels for Pets

John Denver Tribute Concert for Meals on Wheels for PetsSaturday November 23, at 7:00 p.m. there will be an amazing John Denver Tribute Concert, featuring Tom Becker ( of New Christy Minstrels fame), to help raise money for Meals on Wheels for Pets.

Tom’s fondness for the music of John Denver had him touring the world with The New Christy Minstrels, a group John Denver had worked with years earlier, where Tom’s original songs became a regular part of the groups performances.

He worked with Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Gregg Allman, among others. Becker’s song, Sailor, was selected as the official Commemorative Song for the Navy Memorial dedication in Washington DC.

Tom assembled a band and put together an inspiring show for both Denver fans and for those who may not be familiar with his music.

“In this time of enviromental concerns, and Americans’ efforst to simplify their lives, it seems that John Denver’s music and message are even more relevant today, yet you rarely hear his music on the radio,” Tom said.

Universal themes, Tom’s original music, and Denver’s songs of family, love and nature create a show with heart, humor and inspiration.

Back Home Again, the concert, will take place Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Tickets are $25.00 and benefit Meals on Wheels for Pets of Nassau County.

Meals on Wheels for Pets of Nassau County works with the Council on Aging to provide pet food for the companions of Meals on Wheels, the program that provides homebound seniors with nutritious meals.

For more information, or to volunteer for this 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, please contact www.mow4petsNassau.com.

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Council on Aging’s Janice Ancrum, Visits Sunrise Rotary

Council on Aging's Janice Ancrum, visits Sunrise RotaryAmelia Island, FL – Janice Ancrum, Executive Director of the Council on Aging was the featured speaker at the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Rotary Club. At age sixteen, Janice worked at a Council on Aging facility as her first summer job. Now, thirty-seven years later, she is the Executive Director of the organization.

Janice explained that 90% of seniors prefer to “age in place”, which makes the services from Council on Aging so valuable. They provide in-home services such as: cleaning, shopping, running errands, transportation to doctor’s visits, and companion visits to the home.

The transportation entity of Council on Aging is the only public transportation system on the island, and staffs twenty-five drivers. This service is funded by the Department of Transportation which helps pay for the staffing, insurance, fuel costs, and maintenance.

Located next to Baptist Medical Center Nassau, the Council on Aging was able to extend their lease for eight more years, while they continue to look for a larger facility.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please contact president, Mark Dennis, at madennis@bellsouth.net or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com. Find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ameliaislandrotary) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/airotary).

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COA Meets Budget Challenges with Resolve

Nassau County FLorida Council on Aging Executive Director Janice Ancrum

Council on Aging Executive Director Janice Ancrum

Faced with a potential loss of non critical services as a result of Federal Funding delays, Nassau County’s Council on Aging managed to meet challenges heads on and with resolve.

For the last 30 years, the Council on Aging of Nassau County (COA) has been serving as the primary means of public transportation for disadvantaged seniors and Medicaid patients who require medical treatment at numerous facilities throughout Nassau County.  This long term transportation service has been one principle mainstay of the COA’s overall mission.

In recent years, the COA has expanded their services to seniors and other citizens in the transportation sector to include COA Transit, which is similar to a public transportation bus system. For a small copay, anyone can ride a COA bus between Fernandina beach, Yulee, Callahan and Hilliard even to downtown Jacksonville.  This “Transit” service is for non-medical, non-emergency destinations only and represents a small percentage of the COA bus ridership which numbers more than a thousand individuals a year.

Another group of seniors regularly ride the COA buses at no cost to and from two local Council on Aging Senior Centers in Fernandina Beach and Hilliard. This service is partially funded by the Department of Elder Affairs.

Due in part to the government sequestration earlier this year and most recently the federal government shutdown, two grants which help partially fund COA’s transportation services have been delayed. These delays have challenges not only at the local COA but COAs throughout the state of Florida.  As a non-profit organization, COA of Nassau County relies on these grants, some of which are matched by funds from the Fernandina Beach city and Nassau County Board of Commissioners to underwrite the various COA services and programs.
The grants were submitted months ago and approved, but the impact of not having them executed on the usual schedule put the COA and Janice Ancrum, the Executive Director, in a potentially difficult position.

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“As a non-profit organization, we are not able to operate outside of our financial boundaries,” Ms. Ancrum explained.
While the Transportation Disadvantaged and the Medicaid Transportation programs were never on the table for possible cutbacks or temporary suspension, one of the areas where some cutbacks could be made with minimal impact was in the area of COA’s Nassau Transit operations.

In order to save the remaining transportation funds until the federal grants are executed, a plan to temporarily suspend scheduled trips to non-medical facilities was proposed.  According to COA’s Operations Manager, this scenario would have impact on 30-50 individuals who participate in the COA Transit program.

A short notice about a possible suspension of some COA Transit trips was issued and distributed to a small group of COA Transit riders.
Earlier this week, Ancrum made a decision based on information she received from State Department of Transportation in Tallahassee. The decision was made to avert the threat of suspending COA Transit service and keep the buses running on schedule.

“Based on the latest information, these grants will most likely be executed in November even though we felt compelled to warn a small group of our riders about a possible suspension of the non-medical, non-emergency bus trips.

It’s important to realize this is potentially a Florida-and Nationwide problem and not a Nassau County COA problem,” Ancrum added.
As the COA approaches its fortieth year of services to the seniors of Nassau County, the original mandate to provide real and compassionate care to the seniors in our county remains intact but under increased pressure.
The Council on Aging is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, the highest level of charitable organization.  We cheerfully deliver critical services to Nassau County seniors in five categories including Meals on Wheels, COA Transportation, In-Home Care, and Adult Day Health Care, while operating two senior recreation centers.  We are funded by donations from private individuals and limited government grants.

Council on Aging Makes Scarecrows

Council on Aging Makes Scarecrows

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Fernandina Beach, FL – The Council on Aging Adult Day HealthCare seniors spent a lovely Amelia Island fall day making scarecrows with Fernandina Beach High School students recently.

Ace Hardware, located in Fernandina Beach, donated the hay for the scarecrow project. The high school students worked hard to create two scarecrows and shared stories with the seniors about scarecrows and Halloween.

They also learned that scarecrows have been in existence in farmer’s fields for more than 3,000 years!

Our new scarecrows proudly stand guard at the Council on Aging Senior Center in Fernandina Beach

The Council on Aging is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, the highest level of charitable organization.

We cheerfully deliver critical services to Nassau County seniors in five categories including Meals on Wheels, COA Transportation, In-Home Care, and Adult Day Health Care, while operating two senior recreation centers.

We are partially funded by government grants and donations from private individuals.

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