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Senior Companion Program Improves Health in Senior July 22, 2016

Nellie Speights has hair as white as snow and an even brighter personality at her age of 78. Her son and primary caregiver, Dr. Isaac Williams, is extremely thankful for the Senior Companion Program at Council on Aging of West Florida. When Ms. Nellie's health started to decline in Georgia with progressions in dementia, Dr. Williams sought to have his mother move to Pensacola, FL to live with him and his wife. Dr. Williams, a pastor, and his wife both working full time quickly realized they needed assistance and someone to help Ms. Nellie with everyday tasks.

"I think the program is very advantageous for my mother in that if she's home alone," said Dr. Williams, "her mind will wonder and that's not good for her. I would love for her to be able to stay in her own home alone as well, but the doctor said she can't do that. By my mother having a senior companion, it keeps her active and independent."

Johnnie Holloway, 75, very much enjoys being a senior companion. Ms. Nellie has also taken quite the liking to Ms. Johnnie. "Both me and Ms. Johnnie are in the same boat," said Ms. Nellie, "We get along so good. She is a sister to me."

The two ladies spend most of their days together going to the grocery store, spending time at the Cobb center, and conversing on the back porch. "Ms. Johnnie and my mother can relate and understand each other," said Dr. Williams, "She takes her to the doctor, takes her to get her medicine, go to the Cobb Center. They can talk about women stuff where I can't relate to her in that area."

Ms. Nellie has also shown an improvement in health since being paired with Ms. Johnnie as her senior companion. "When we brought my mama down to Pensacola about a year and a half ago, she was in pretty bad shape," said Dr. Williams, "The doctor said she looks remarkably well now and I think that's because of the Senior Companion Program and Ms. Johnnie. My mama's medicine used to be all mixed up. Ms. Johnnie insures my mother takes her medicine right and by having someone to help her with this, that keeps my mother looking and feeling good."

The Senior Companion Program has been described as a true blessing for everyone involved in Ms. Nellie's life. "I like that she has someone here while my wife and I are both working full time. I don't have to worry about her leaving the stove on or leaving the door open. You couldn't ask for a better person for my mother than Ms. Johnnie. She is caring, considerate, waits on her head on toe, cook her breakfast...whatever she needs, she is there for my mama. It's a tremendous burden off of me knowing my mama is in a safe place with a safe companion who treats her just like a sister."

Learn more about the Senior Companion Program here: http://bit.ly/2a5J0G3


Disrupting the Aging Process July 18, 2016

Jo Ann Jenkins is the CEO of AARP and has recently released a new book that subverts some common myths about aging -- as well as some seemingly positive perspectives on the issue that may actually be unintentionally damaging.

In Disrupt Aging, Jo Ann Jenkins discusses health, life choices, money, experience and more in a book that's message is as colorful and entertaining as it is enriching and enlightening. The message? Every single year is a gift, so don't try to label as anything other than an opportunity to be who you fully are. It sounds simple, but as anyone who is 15 or 50 knows, putting it into action can be quite challenging. 

Luckily, Coming of Age was able to catch up with Jenkins and discuss some tangible steps we can take to realize our full potential and truly enjoy our golden years. This time of life offers many advantages if we'll just let ourselves lean into them and ignore the harmful connotations associated with aging. 

You speak a lot in your book about embracing age and not trying to rebrand it as "new youth." Why is this beneficial to the aging population? 

Jo Ann: I think a lot of it has to do with the personal value that comes from "owning"your age. I'll give you an example: we're all familiar with catchphrases along the lines of "50 is the new 30" and "60 is the new 40" and so on. I know they're well intended, but I think they've got it all wrong. Fifty is 50, 60 is 60, 70 is 70 and they are -- or can be -- great. As with 20/30/40, it's often what you make of it but it can be easy to lose sight of that. 

What are some advantages that senior citizens and other older members of society have at their disposal in everyday life? 

Jo Ann: Well, I think it varies from person to person and community to community, but one overarching advantage is our sheer growing numbers in society. Right now, there are approximately 100 million people age 50 and up in the U.S. and more than 10,000 people turn 65 every day in the U.S., a phenomenon that's going to keep happening -- every day -- until 2030. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) projects that the U.S. population of people 65 and up will double over the next three decades. Those are staggering numbers and while they present some formidable challenges, I think they hold an equal amount of promise.

Describe the process by which you came to embrace aging. 

Jo Ann: I've never paid much attention to labels, and I think that helped, but my personal experience upon turning 50 (I'm now 58) was kind of a pivotal moment. My husband threw a surprise party for me and it was a wonderful evening spent with lots of good friends, but I was deluged with cards and various well-wishes along the lines of "Over The Hill Now!" and "Next Stop: Old Folks Home" and so on. Obviously, they were all in good fun -- after all, that kind of ribbing is almost a tradition -- but, the funny thing was, I didn't feel all that old. It just got me thinking: what constitutes "old" and how much of it is self-determined? Our approach to aging is needlessly limiting -- it's not how I felt then, and it's not how I feel now...and I think that's true for a lot of people. Over time,that evolved into Disrupt Aging. 

How can we live in a way that shows mindfulness toward our health and wealth while still enjoying our golden years? 

Jo Ann: With longer life expectancy and technological advances opening new doors for self-growth and exploration, it's time to stop letting people say "you're too old for that"and time to change the conversation about aging. Disrupt aging requires us to re-examine our beliefs and attitudes about getting older. The way we are aging is changing for the better and we should be celebrating this. 

How can society improve in their opinions of older people? 

Jo Ann: Perhaps it's the recognition that if you're alive, you're "aging." As such, I suppose we're all "getting older." Expressing negative judgments of people based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation is no longer socially acceptable to most people, but doing the same thing around someone's age often still gets a pass. I think that will change, especially now that we have what amounts to an extended middle age, where you have some additional 20-plus years added to your life and the fastest growing age group is now 85 and up. We need to make sure that we have systems and programs in place support our longer lives. 

What are some tangible ways seniors can continue to value life and discover newness in every day? 

Jo Ann: I'll take it back to "owning" your age. We get a lot of mixed signals about what aging means and how we're supposed to internalize it. At its heart, the Disrupt Aging movement is not about denying aging, or defying aging, it's about owning your age and embracing the opportunities to live your best life -- at every age.

View similar articles online in Council on Aging's quarterly magazine, Coming of Age


Caregivers Have Needs Too June 22, 2016

Caregiving for a loved one is oftentimes a full-time job, especially when resources and financial support are limited. 

In fact, more than 15 million caregivers provided an estimated 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care in 2015 alone. 

Between balancing a day-to-day career and caring for a parent or child, the caregiver can be left exhausted and seeking much needed respite. Just like a loved one, caregivers have an array of needs but they tend to be forgotten due to busy schedules. Ensuring that caregivers receive support emotionally, socially, and physically is imperative to living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Here are just a few ways to do that.

Emotional Needs

Talk to Family and Friends - As a caregiver, you may experience a lot of emotions including anger, guilt, sadness and depression. This is normal. Making time to speak with family or friends about experiences and struggles is key. Just having someone else listen can be therapy in itself. It's also very important to become aware of signs of anxiety or depression. If emotions become overwhelming, you should seek professional help.

Keep a Journal - Some people are introverts, but keeping a journal can help with this. Journals give you the ability to express yourself and look back on progresses made.

Take Time to Relax - Whether this be watching your favorite television show, praying, or reading, taking time to de-stress is key to staying emotionally balanced. 

Seek a Support Group  - Support groups are extremely common nowadays and available in most communities. Getting together with individuals facing similar issues can be refreshing and allows you to hear other perspectives and resolutions to problems. 

Council on Aging of West Florida offers multiple free monthly caregiver support groups at various locations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. View the full list HERE!

Social Needs

Keep a Close Circle - Creating a safe and close-knit circle of friends and family is key to staying sane. Everyone needs time to let loose and enjoy company with others. Try and make time every week or couple of weeks to have a lunch or coffee with a friend. 

Do What You Enjoy - Take up a hobby such as a cooking class or volunteer. Being around others with similar interests is not only good for the soul, but also a great way to meet new friends. 

Don't Isolate Yourself - It can be very easy for caregivers to isolate themselves from their regular day-to-day interests in fear of feeling guilty for leaving their loved one in the care of someone else. You must remember that caregivers are humans too and you have needs just like everyone else. Try and keep as social as possible. Laughter and positive interactions are a great way to get your mind off of current stresses. 

Physical Needs

Eat Right - It can be easy to go through the closest drive-thru for a quick meal  to avoid cooking, but the end result can be extremely damaging on your health. Try to make a meal plan each week and stick to the key food groups of vegetables, fruits, dairy and protein. Your loved one's health is important, but so is your own.

Exercise Regularly - This can be as simple as a 30-minute walk a day and stroll on your lunch break. Getting out in the fresh air and moving will not only improve your physical health, but it will stimulate your brain health as well.

Get the Recommended Eight - According to the National Institutes of Health, adults get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Sleep is important for the function of every human being. Make sure you get ample amount of sleep and put the phone down before bed. It can be easy to become distracted by your phone before bed and before you know it, an hour has come and gone. 

Avoid Alcohol and Drugs - For those experiencing depression or anxiety, substance abuse can be common and an easy escape for overwhelmed caregivers. Instead, manage problems head on. If you find yourself resorting to drugs or alcohol, you should seek professional help.

Taking care of yourself while caregiving for a child or senior can be extremely challenging, but making the time is rewarding and essential in staying happy and healthy. Take a step back to evaluate your emotional, social, and physical needs, and make time for YOU! You deserve it.

For more information on Council on Aging's support groups or programs, give COA a call at (850) 432-1475.


Cool Tips for Beating the Heat June 7, 2016

Summer is almost here and temperatures are beginning to rise. The elderly will be particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses like heat stroke and heat exhaustion. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, older adults, especially those taking medications that impair the bodys ability to regulate temperature, should be aware of the following cool tips for beating the heat:

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device during an extreme heat event.
  • Drink more water than usual and don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Don't use the stove or oven to cook -- it will make you and your house hotter.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you have, or someone you know has, symptoms of heat-related illness like muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting.

Older adults and their caregivers are also encouraged to learn the signs and first aid response for heat-related illnesses. Warning signs may include:

Heat exhaustion symptoms:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Skin cold, pale and clammy
  • Weak pulse
  • Fainting and vomiting

If heat exhaustion symptoms are present:

  • Move to a cooler location.
  • Lie down and loosen your clothing.
  • Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.
  • Sip water.
  • Seek medical attention if you have vomited and it continues.

Heat stroke symptoms:

  • High body temperature (above 103 degrees F)
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness

If heat stroke symptoms are present:

  • Call 911 immediately -- this is a medical emergency.
  • Move the person to a cooler environment.
  • Reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or a bath.
  • Do NOT give fluids.

Council on Aging of West Florida is accepting donations of new fans and 5,000 or 12,000 BTU window air conditioning units to help local seniors beat the heat. Additionally, we welcome monetary donations that will be used for the purchase of additional fans and air conditioning units. 

Please drop off your donations at the Council on Aging office located at 875 Royce Street in Pensacola, or call 850-432-1475 for more information. 

Photo by Michael Spooneybarger, Studer Institute

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Friends Fur-ever: The Benefits of Seniors Owning Pets June 7, 2016

Pets offer their owners many benefits beyond having a cute and cuddly animal with which to snuggle. New research suggests that, especially for senior citizens, dogs and cats can help improve mental stability, create feelings of joy, encourage physical activity and increase overall health.

Coupling seniors with calm, manageable adult dogs and cats has resulted in decreased feelings of loneliness and depression and sharper mental acumen because pets' tendency to live for the present rubs off on their owners. This leads to a healthier emotional life, which often translates to motivation for physical activity and socialization.

"There is a correlation between pet ownership and people feeling hope and joy, particularly for the elderly," said Dr. Lance Coy, a veterinarian at Pine Meadow Vet Clinic. "It gives them something to care for."

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and published research, companion animals reduce the effects of Alzheimer's, and decrease blood pressure levels and cholesterol. Add to that animals' affinity for unconditional love, loyalty and purpose, and you have a completely natural and healthy remedy for the most frequent senior ailments.

Because having a pet requires a decent amount of dedication and commitment, seniors are often advised to pair with adult dogs and animals that are calm and more easily manageable. Pairing senior pets in need of love with senior people in need of accompaniment provides infinite benefits for both.

For older individuals, a companion animal -- ranging from a dog or cat to a fish or even reptilian pet -- provides essential social contact they would not otherwise have. According to Pet Partners in a study of mature adults living alone, 75 percent of males and 67 percent of females said their dog was their only friend.

Coy said that seniors are just as competent at providing for animals' day-to-day needs as any other age group, though he suggests that older citizens research breeds and ages to discover what type of pet will best suit their physical and residential needs.

"Especially if the pets are smaller and more manageable, seniors remember to give their dogs and cats medications and are as compliant with animal care as anyone else," said Coy. "Even if they are unable to bring their pets in for regular check-ups, older men and women find a way to care for their animal, even if a neighbor brings the animal in or a family member helps with its overall care."

Cats are better for apartments and small housing areas with no yard, whereas dogs are better for the man or woman who does not mind a bit of leisurely physical activity each day. There is research to suggest that dog owners spend an average of an hour and a half outside per day with the dog. Since regular exercise and attentiveness to another's needs play such central roles in physical well-being for people of all ages, the benefits of pet ownership cannot be overstated.

Facebook groups like Senior Pets for Senior People help older citizens connect with those looking for a loving home for their elderly pet. The Pets for the Elderly Foundation is also a great charity that pays a portion of the adoption fee when someone 60 years of age or older adopts a companion pet from a participating shelter. One such local shelter is the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, located in Ft. Walton Beach.

Seniors, be they of the two- or four-legged variety, are often in need of love, attention and companionship. Pairing the two leads to a greater quality of life and enhanced health benefits for both.

View similar articles online in Council on Aging's quarterly magazine, Coming of Age


Senior Citizen Identity Theft May 24, 2016

The Facts, Figures and What Senior Citizens Can Do to Prevent It

Identity theft has been the number one complaint received by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), for 12 years, and senior citizens are the number-one targets.

According to the FTC's Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, the mature market (age 50 and older) comprises 37 percent of all identity theft victims, and 49 percent of the same demographic are victims of fraud. In addition, the most common form of reported identity thefts was government document and benefit fraud (55 percent in Florida).

Whitney Ray, press secretary for the Florida Office of the Attorney General, shed some light on the Pensacola area when it comes to identity theft. Ray said that the FTC reports 89.4 complaints per 100,000 residents in the area, and 20 percent of all identity theft-related grievances come from people age 60 and older. According to the Data Book, the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent area had 473.7 general fraud complaints per 100,000 residents, and the area ranks 89th out of the largest metropolitan areas when it comes to identity theft consumer complaints. Florida currently has the highest per capita rate of identity theft complaints in the entire country (192.9 cases for every 100,000 people).

The Identity Theft Assistance Center, which provides free victim assistance and identity management services for customers of their member companies, outlines several warning signs of possible theft on their website. In regard to senior citizens, some of their "red flags" include caregivers appearing to be getting paid too much or too often, vulnerable adults appearing confused about bank account balance and activity and acknowledgement of providing personal and account information to telephone and email solicitors. Ray noted phone and mail fraud as the hazards seniors should protect against most.

ProtectMyID, a division of Experian, outlines a couple of the chief reasons that senior citizens are targeted by identity thieves:

"Criminals find seniors susceptible to these crimes of deception because they believe that the older population has higher cash reserves and are less likely to check their credit reports or financial account statements carefully. This may be due to the fact that they are usually in a financially stable position and are not opening new lines of credit."

Even the smallest strange deviations in account activity can be a sign of identity theft. For example, out-of-sync check numbers and records of several small dollar checks (indicative of possible telemarketing and charity scams) are early warning signals, according to the ITAC.

Of course, there are numerous steps seniors and their family and friends can take to better ensure the safety of their personal and financial particulars. Things like shredding old credit card and financial statements, keeping card and account numbers secure and being wary of offers that require private information are obvious and applicable to everyone. Senior citizens should also take added precautions for their additional concerns like medical care. Lifelock's official website says that Medicare information should never be given out over the phone because Medicare actually does not request information in this manner.

"When in doubt, contact the organization or institution directly, at a number you know to be correct," Ray said.

In fact, medical identity theft is one of the thornier types of identity theft that seniors can face. Aside from unexpected charges and calls from medical debt collectors, medical identity theft victims can be notified that they have reached their benefit limit and denied insurance because their medical records show conditions that they do not have, according to the FTC. Being wary of these warning signs, as well as obtaining copies of medical records and accountings of disclosures, are effective ways to ward off potential threats.

One of the most malicious forms of identity theft specific to senior citizens is the "grandparent scam." This type of trick entails the victim receiving a phone call from someone impersonating a grandchild or close relative. The scammer feigns an emergency situation and insists that the victim wire them money immediately' often swearing them to secrecy or giving phony names of police or other officials in order to add layers to the scam. On their website, the FTC strongly encourages seniors in these situations to remain calm, never wire their money and to ask the caller verification questions that identity thieves would not know.

Seniors can access several resources in their efforts to protect their identities. The Florida Office of the Attorney General provides a free Victim Services Kit at www.myfloridalegal.com, as well as their Fraud Hotline (1-866-966-7226). Various other identity protection tools such as free credit reports, fraud alerts and credit freezes are also available. 

If you think you are a victim of identity theft or fraud, report your case to the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 or www.ftc.gov/complaint.

View similar articles online in Council on Aging's quarterly magazine, Coming of Age


Hurricane Prep May 16, 2016

The Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE) and its partners know that the likelihood that you and your family will recover from a hurricane or other emergency tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today. You should plan to survive on your own for at least three days. Think about the basics for survival - food, water, clean air and any lifesustaining items you require. 

Get a kit: Consider the development of two emergency kits. In one kit put everything you will need to stay where you are and survive for several days. The other kit should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take with you if you have to leave your home. 

Recommended basic emergency supplies include: water one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation; food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and a can opener if kit contains canned food; battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both; flashlight and extra batteries; first aid kit; whistle to signal for help; dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place; moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation; wrench or pliers to turn off utilities; local maps; pet food, extra water and supplies for your pet or service animal. 

Include medications and medical supplies: If you take medicine or use a medical treatment on a daily basis, be sure you have what you need on hand to make it on your own for at least a week. Florida statutes allow for the replacement of prescription medications at any time during a declared local state of emergency. 

Additional items: If you use eyeglasses, hearing aids and hearing aid batteries, wheelchair batteries, or oxygen, be sure you always have extras in your home. 

Include emergency documents: Include copies of important documents in your emergency supply kits such as family records, wills, power of attorney documents, deeds, social security numbers, credit card and bank information, and tax records. Make an emergency plan and write it down. The Florida Division of Emergency Management offers an online tool to help you develop your plan through its website: Courtesy of BRACE Seasonal Hurricane prep www.FLGetAPlan.com. Keep a copy of your plan in your emergency supply kits and a list of important information and contacts in your wallet. 

Develop a family communications plan: Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so plan an out-of-town contact. 

Deciding to stay or go: Depending on the nature of the emergency, the first important decision is whether you stay or go. Monitor television or radio news reports for information or official instructions as they become available. If you're specifically told to evacuate or seek medical treatment, do so immediately. 

Consider your pets: Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals. If you must evacuate, take your pets with you, if possible. If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand very few are pet-friendly and able to accommodate animals in separate space from evacuees. Pre-registration of pets may be required. If you have a medical condition, check with your doctor or the health department about alternative sheltering options. 

Evacuation: There may be conditions in which you will decide to leave, or there may be situations when you may be ordered to leave. Choose several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency. 

Fire Safety: Plan two ways out of every room in case of fire. Secure or remove furniture and objects that may block your path. 

Be Informed: It's important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect our community. 

For more information about specific types of emergencies, visit www.ready.gov, call 1-800-BE-READY, or contact your emergency management office: in Escambia County at (850) 471-6400 or in Santa Rosa County at (850) 983- 5360.

View similar articles online in Council on Aging's quarterly magazine, Coming of Age


Impact Stories: Ross Knight May 4, 2016

Ross Knight and his Senior Companion, David Alexander Jr., both project a kind of peaceful wisdom, an aura that comes from their own individual nature, but also from their compatibility as a pair. Native to Pensacola, Mr. Knight returned to Pensacola with his family and started a non-denominational church. He and his wife had seven children, all of whom have college experience, and his later years Mr. Knight had his own ranch and petting zoo. Reflecting on his varied professions and involvement throughout his life, Mr. Knight emphasizes that he likes "to be active. Sometimes things move a little too slow around here for me. I have always been active my whole life and like to be around energetic people."

His Senior Companion, Mr. Alexander, feels the same. A pastor and counselor by trade, he is affectionately referred to by Mr. Knight as "Bishop Alexander." Though he is approaching his 80th year, he says staying active is important to him because he loves "helping people unable to help themselves. There is something down in me." Mr. Alexander speaks with pride of his college educated children, his Ph.D., and his love of mentoring young people.

It is clear that these two men, both spiritually motivated and with a strong desire to effect change, are kindred spirts. Says Mr. Knight, "we have known each other for years in the community. At first I wasn't sure, because he is older than me, but now I couldn't imagine it without him...he helps me tremendously, and is such a fine gentlemen, active, independent..." Mr. Alexander sits,humble in light of this praise, but beaming. He chimes in, "I've enjoyed [being a Senior Companion]. I like to meet and help people. It's been very good."

Mr. Alexander continues, referring to the Senior Companion program as, "a beautiful program. I'm very proud." Mr. Knight nods his head in agreement. "When you age, you can't do things like you used to, though you want to. Thank God has preserved me up to now."

Mr. Knight concludes, sweetly, with the sentiment, "Bishop Alexander was gone last week, and I missed him! I couldn't hardly wait until he came back."


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