Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.
Take Barbara Hillary, for example. A nurse for 55 years who dreamed of travel, at age 75 Hillary became the first African American woman to set foot on the North Pole. In 2011, at age 79, she set another first when she stepped onto the South Pole. Former president George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving. Actress Betty White, now 95 years old, became the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live in 2010, coincidentally during May—the same month recognized as Older Americans Month (OAM).
Since 1963, OAM has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories, and their contributions. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support, and recognize our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Age Out Loud,” emphasizes the ways older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages.
Aging Matters in Brevard will use OAM 2017 to focus on how older adults in our community are redefining aging—through work or family interests, by taking charge of their health and staying independent for as long as possible, and through their community and advocacy efforts. We can also use this opportunity to learn how we can best support and learn from our community’s older members.
Throughout the month, Aging Matters in Brevard will conduct activities and share information designed to highlight our programs and services for seniors. We encourage you to get involved by reaching out to volunteer for Meals on Wheels, the Sunflower House, Senior TranServe or Vets Driving Vets.
Join us and ACL as we speak up for #OAM17 and #AgeOutLoud this May!
Connect with Aging Matters in Brevard at (321) 639-8770 or via email at info@AgingMattersBrevard.org.
We are thrilled to announce that B.W. “Bernie” and LaVonn Simpkins will be this year’s hosts of the 10th Annual Passport to Wines Around the World.
Proceeds from this signature fundraising event support the Meals on Wheels Program, Seniors at Lunch, In-home Personal Care, the Sunflower House, Caregiver Support and Respite Care, Transportation for Seniors and Veterans, and Volunteer Recruitment; all services that help seniors remain living in their own homes and avoiding long-term care placement.
B.W. “Bernie” and LaVonn Simpkins and Aging Matters in Brevard invite you to help serve seniors in Brevard County by supporting our signature fundraiser on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The event will be held from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Space Coast Convention Center (Holiday Inn, 520 & I-95), 301 Tucker Lane, Cocoa, FL 32926.
The evening promises to be filled with tempting hors d’oeuvres, distinctive wines, enjoyable entertainment, balloon pops, a live auction, and much more! The event will feature a live auction with auctioneer Sheriff Wayne Ivey, culinary creations by The Kitchen, special guest chefs and wine curated by Florida Wine and Spirits. Your support will help our Brevard aging community for years to come.
Thank you again for your support and enthusiasm for helping Brevard seniors.
Live Auction Highlights click here
At this time registration is closed. Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call Jeanne at (321) 806-3767.
Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) Hosts Canned Food Drive, January 16-20, 2017
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a service of Aging Matters in Brevard, volunteers will collect canned foods from January 16-20, 2017 to benefit Central and South Brevard Sharing Centers as well as the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center in Merritt Island to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. Brevard County residents will be joined by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country on this national day of service.
- Martin Andersen Senior Center, Cocoa
- Greater Palm Bay Senior Center, Palm Bay
- Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, Merritt Island
- Aging Matters in Brevard, Cocoa (Closed Monday, January 16)
- Sunflower House, a service of Aging Matters in Brevard, Merritt Island
- Wickham Park Senior Center, Melbourne
- Hospice of St Francis, Titusville
- Suntree YMCA, Melbourne
Most needed items: Peanut Butter, Chili, Soups, Low-sugar Cereals, Canned Tuna, Beans, Canned Fruits, Canned Vegetables, Pasta, and Rice
We are currently in great need of drivers in North Brevard – Titusville, Mims, and Port St. John. Please call (321) 806-3741 to join our team of dedicated volunteers so no senior goes hungry in Brevard County.
Meals on Wheels drivers deliver hot meals, a friendly greeting, and a safety check to homebound seniors over the noon hour Monday-Friday all year round. All you need is a vehicle, insurance, driver’s license and clean background check. Share a route with friends or co-workers. Distribution sites are located throughout Brevard County.