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  • Aging Matters in Brevard Hosts CarFit Vehicle Checks and Supply Drive Drop off Point for Homeless Vets

    COCOA, FL – Senior TranServe, a program of Aging Matters in Brevard, in partnership with Volunteers in Motion (Space Coast Area Transit) will conduct a CarFit Event from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Wednesday, September 11 at Martin Andersen Senior Center, 1025 Florida Ave., Rockledge, FL 32955.

    CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles fit them. A team of trained technicians work with each participant to ensure that the vehicle is fitted for maximum comfort and safety.  The check takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

    Interested drivers may join in on the day of the event without an appointment; however, appointments may be scheduled by calling (321) 806-3729. All participants receive a gift bag with information on community resources available to them.

    During the event, and until 3:00 PM, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Aging Matters in Brevard will be collecting supplies for homeless veterans. Items being collected include: towels, wash cloths, socks, underwear, t-shirts, hygiene items, canned goods, backpacks, bike patch kits, bike locks, tents, and tarps. Items will be distributed at the upcoming Stand Down.

    One of their primary programs, Senior TranServe, provides transportation to over 200 non-driving seniors and Vets Driving Vets provides transportation to low-income, non-driving veterans of all ages.

    For additional information, please call (321) 806-3729.

    Aging Matters in Brevard Hosts Guest Speaker, Brevard County Sherriff Wayne Ivey

    Sheriff Wayne Ivey - Brevard County

    Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey

    COCOA, FL – The Sunflower House, a service of Aging Matters in Brevard, will host guest speaker, Brevard County Sherriff Wayne Ivey. Sherriff Ivey will present “Self Defense Through Mental Preparedness.” His topic will help you think ahead and be mindful of what to watch for so you do not become a victim of a violent attack.

    Sheriff Ivey has been a Law Enforcement Officer for over three decades. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.

    Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. He firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.

    • 1:00 PM
    • SUNFLOWER HOUSE  (located in the Merritt Square Mall near JCPenney)

    For questions or further information, please call 321-452-4341. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons needing special accommodations to participate in this presentation should contact Connie Jones at 321-806-3716 at least 7 days prior to the meeting.


    Help Us Get Wheels for Meals!

    Help Us Get Wheels for Meals!

    No doubt you have heard of Meals on Wheels, the meal delivery service provided by Aging Matters in Brevard.  What you may not have heard is that that we are in desperate need of a new box truck to deliver meals prepared at the Brevard Community Kitchen to centers where they are picked up by volunteers that deliver them to eligible homebound seniors.

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    Aging Matters in Brevard Appoints Vice President of Mission Advancement

    Jeanne Hakkila-Wills 2013 - croppedAging Matters in Brevard announced that Jeanne Hakkila-Wills was appointed Vice President of Mission Advancement, a key member of the leadership team. Her role will impact strategic decisions affecting the non-profit organization, which offers a wide variety of services to seniors.

    She comes with a broad background having spent eight years in Advancement Services at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy where she was instrumental in the design and implementation of their network and in raising capital to expand the program’s second campus.

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    February 10 USA Today Article: Meals On Wheels

    Spending cuts could derail Meals on Wheels

    ‘Program feeds homebound and disabled seniors, the USA’s ‘hidden hungry.’

    MELBOURNE, Fla. – While delivering food here every week, Meals On Wheels volunteer Charles Kuhn says he helps serve as “the eyes and ears” of eight struggling households in two mobile home parks.

    Meals On Wheels

    One man on his delivery route can no longer walk. Another is nearly deaf. And another seems “lost” after his wife moved into an assisted-living facility,” Kuhn said.“I’ve had situations where I’ve had to pick people off the floor,” said Kuhn, a retired Palm Shores financial officer who has delivered food the past six years.

    These homebound and disabled seniors behind closed doors are “the hidden hungry” across the USA, says Larry Tomayko, interim chief executive officer of the Meals On Wheels Association of America. (MOWAA). Now, Tomayko fears that his senior-nutrition organization is at risk.

    If congressional domestic-spending cuts take effect March 1, MOWAA faces an estimated 5.1% reduction in Older Americans Act funding, said Erika Kelly, assistant vice president for policy and legislation.

    “That would translate into an estimated 19 million fewer meals, and approximately 200,000 seniors would lose the congregate or home-delivered meals they depend on for an entire year,” Kelly said.

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