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Looking for the latest news about the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida?  The archive below includes recent news and press releases from AAASWFL.

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Are you looking for a source regarding elder issues in Southwest Florida?  Call AAASWFL for information about Medicare, elder abuse prevention, senior health and wellness, elder care, or disability issues.

Contact Maricela Morado, President & Interim CEO, Director of Programs & Planning:  (866) 413.5337 to request an interview, information, or to be added to our news release email list.

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AREA AGENCY ON AGING FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA’S BOARD APPOINTS NEW CEO

The board of directors of the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) has named Maricela Morado as President and CEO. Morado has been with AAASWFL since 2020 and served as the organization’s Director of Programs and Planning and Interim Director of Client Services. She took on the role of interim CEO in June 2022.

January 31, 2023

BECOME A CERTIFIED COACH TO LEAD “A MATTER OF BALANCE” CLASSES

A Matter of Balance is a proven program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is looking for volunteers to help provide this program.

January 4, 2023

NEW CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM OFFERED TO BY AREA AGENCY ON AGING FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA OVER ZOOM

Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a six-week, evidence-based program, is designed to assist caregivers in improving: self-care behaviors, self-confidence, and community connections. Over the course of six weeks, participants are coached in proactive ways to deal with the difficult emotions that can often accompany caregiving and are connected to a network of individuals to share support and best practices.

December 20, 2022

FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF AREA AGENCIES ON AGING ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH RING TO HELP SENIOR RESIDENTS AGE IN PLACE AND ENHANCE SAFETY

The Florida Association of Area Agencies on Aging announced a new community initiative in collaboration with Ring to help older adults maintain their independence and quality of life as they age. Ring, whose mission is to make neighborhoods safer, is making a monetary contribution and donating over 1,000 Ring and Amazon devices, including 50 Ring Video Doorbells and 50 Echo Show 8’s, to each of the 11 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) throughout Florida.

December 14, 2022

FREE CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM OFFERED BY THE AREA AGENCY ON AGING FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Savvy Caregiver, an evidence-based program developed by curriculum authors at Emory University, is a six-week workshop designed to provide caregivers of people with dementia-related illness with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to manage stress and to execute the caregiving role effectively.

December 9, 2022

IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS WITH FREE TAI CHI CLASSES

Starting in January, the Area Agency on Aging for SWFL (AAASWFL), will offer free Tai Chi classes in Lee County. The program was designed to relieve pain, improve balance, and significantly reduce falls and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an exercise to prevent falls and is supported by arthritis foundations worldwide.

December 8, 2022

EVALUATING YOUR MEDICARE BENEFITS – Free Local Service Helps in Reviewing Your Medicare Plan Options for 2023

Did you know that those with Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year—things like cost, coverage, drug formularies and which providers and pharmacies are in their networks? If you have been waiting to make changes to your Medicare Prescription Drug or Medicare Advantage plan, wait no more! The Open Enrollment Period (OEP) is the time to review and make necessary changes for the upcoming year and from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2022. Lean on SHINE experts for advice.

November 17, 2022

FREE ONLINE CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM

Increase caregiver knowledge and skills with this virtual evidence-based workshop offered by the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida. Savvy Caregiver, an evidence-based program developed by curriculum authors at Emory University, is a six-week workshop designed to provide caregivers of people with dementia-related illness with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to manage stress and to execute the caregiving role effectively.

October 27, 2022

AREA AGENCY ON AGING FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NAMES INTERIM CEO

The board of directors of the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) has named Maricela Morado president and Interim CEO. Morado has been with AAASWFL since 2020. Prior to her new appointment, she served as Director of Programs and Planning and Interim Director of Client Services.

October 10, 2022

HOW TO HELP OLDER ADULTS IN NEED AFTER HURRICANE IAN AND AREA AGENCY ON AGING UPDATES

AAASWFL is now open with limited staff. Assistance is also available over the phone, call the Elder Helpline staff at 866-413-5337(ELDER), Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additionally, AAASWFL can be found at the Disaster Resource Center in Lee County at Lakes Regional Public Library located at 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919. The Disaster Recovery Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week. The Department of Elder Affairs, in conjunction with First Lady DeSantis’ Hope Florida initiative, is doing an “all call” for Hope Hero volunteers that can provide either remote telephone assistance or physical assistance to our most vulnerable seniors in the State’s most affected areas from Hurricane Ian. Currently, this includes Lee County, Charlotte County and Hardee County.

October 6, 2022

STATE OF FLORIDA REMINDS SENIORS TO BE AWARE OF POTENTIAL SCAMS FOLLOWING HURRICANE IAN (From the Department of Elder Affairs)

As Hurricane Ian recovery efforts continue, there are many services offered by the state and our private sector to keep Floridians resilient. During the rebuild process ahead, Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Michelle Branham is reminding the public about common scams that oftentimes target older Floridians following disasters. The Department has published a digital Disaster Resource Guide with detailed tips and resources specifically geared toward older Floridians, which can be found at https://elderaffairs.org/programs-services/disaster-preparedness.

October 3, 2022

AAASWFL UDATES, EMERGENCY RESOURCES, AND HOW TO HELP

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL), the state’s designated Aging and Disability Resource Center for Southwest Florida, remains closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Our Elder Helpline, 866-413-5337 or 866-41-ELDER, is being operated by a neighboring Area Agency on Aging during regular hours of operation, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our clients are important to us, especially during this time of need. Voicemail messages will be returned in the order they are received.

To request well-being checks for family members and friends in Lee County, please call 239-477-1000.

The American Red Cross can assist in helping you connect with loved ones at 1-800-733-2767.

You can also visit https://missing.fl.gov/es to report missing individuals.

If you wish to help financially, visit https://aaaswfl.org/how-to-help/donate/. Your donations will go to AAASWFL’s Agnes Laitinen Unmet Needs Fund. This fund assists older adults and adults with disabilities in crisis when no other resources are available.

October 2, 2022

AREA AGENCY ON AGING FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA REMAINS CLOSED

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida’s offices will remain closed on Thursday and Friday, September 29 and 30. Our Elder Helpline will continue to be available during regular office hours Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 866-413-5337 or 866-41-ELDER.

September 29, 2022

HURRICANE IAN EMERGENCY RESOURCES AND AREA AGENGY ON AGING FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA UPDATE

As Florida’s west coast prepares for the impact of Hurricane Ian, Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) wants to ensure that older adults and adults with disabilities in Southwest Florida are connected to needed resources. Our Elder Helpline will continue to be available during regular office hours Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 866-413-5337 or 866-41-ELDER. Our office space will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 27 and 28, in anticipation of the upcoming storm…

September 27, 2022

BECOME A CERTIFIED ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) is seeking dedicated individuals to become certified Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program instructors and volunteers to lead workshops. Certification courses are led by the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) and take place online. The cost of certification is covered by AAASWFL with a volunteer commitment to lead Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program workshops on behalf of AAASWFL.

August 12, 2022

TAI CHI FOR ARTHRITIS VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTORS NEEDED TO HELP OLDER ADULTS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

The Area Agency on Aging for SWFL (AAASWFL) is seeking dedicated individuals to become certified Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructors and volunteer to lead workshops in their local community. Certification courses are led by Tai Chi for Health Institute master trainers and are offered virtually throughout the year. The cost of certification is entirely covered by AAASWFL with a volunteer commitment to lead Tai Chi for Arthritis workshops on behalf of the Area Agency on Aging for SWFL.

June 14, 2022

ELDER ABUSE: IT’S MORE THAN SCAMS – FREE WORKSHOP ON JUNE 15

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse effects one in 10 adults over the age of 60, yet only one in 24 cases are reported to authorities. It’s estimated that up to five million older Americans are abused every year totaling a loss of at least $36.6 billion. AAASWFL will be co-hosting a free virtual workshop on Wednesday, June 15, sharing tips on how to report elder abuse and how to protect you and your loved ones.

May 17, 2022

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: RAISE AWARENESS, GET THE FACTS ON ELDER ABUSE!

Elder abuse is the abuse of adults age 60 and older, and approximately one in ten Americans have experienced some form of abuse. Elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and financial abuse.  Join the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida for a free Virtual Seminar to raise awareness about Elder Abuse. The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) virtual event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15.

May 16, 2022

LEARN TO MANAGE YOUR CHRONIC CONDITION – LIVING HEALTHY WORKSHOPS TO BEGIN IN VENICE

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is offering a FREE workshop for older adults and adults with disabilities who are living with one or more ongoing health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, pain, cancer, high cholesterol, depression, asthma, heart disease, or high blood pressure. New workshops dates are available to residents in Venice, Florida.

April 7, 2022

BECOME A CERTIFIED COACH TO HELP EMPOWER CAREGIVERS IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY

You could change someone’s life! The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is seeking individuals who have an interest in empowering and supporting their community. The agency is recruiting new class leaders in Charlotte County for our “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” workshops – a free program designed to help caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a friend or relative.

April 5, 2022

FITNESS PROGRAM FOR PEOPLE WITH ARTHRITIS PAIN

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) is offering a free fitness program to older adults living with arthritis pain or joint stiffness. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is designed to reduce pain and stiffness, restore or maintain joint range of motion, improve balance and coordination, decrease fatigue, increase endurance, and improve overall perceived health status.

March 14, 2022

LIVING HEALTHY WORKSHOPS FOR SENIORS BEGIN IN APRIL

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is offering FREE virtual workshops for older adults and adults with disabilities who are living with one or more ongoing health conditions, like diabetes, arthritis, pain, cancer, high cholesterol, depression, asthma, heart disease, or high blood pressure.

March 8, 2022

BETTER HEALTH WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE OVER THE PHONE – LEARN TO MANAGE YOUR CHRONIC CONDITION TODAY

According to the National Council on Aging, 80% of adults 65 and older have at least one chronic condition. A chronic condition does not have to define you, take control of your life with the Better Health with Chronic Conditions program.

February 24, 2022

CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM OFFERED IN MARCH

Increase caregiver knowledge and skills with this six-week virtual evidence-based workshop offered by the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida.

February 21, 2022

STAY ACTIVE THIS NEW YEAR WITH A FREE EXERCISE PROGRAM

Register to attend the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
with the Area Agency on Aging for SWFL. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is an evidence-based program designed for adults age 60 and over to reduce arthritis pain and stiffness, build muscle around joints, increase energy, and prevent other health problems.

January 14, 2022

COMMIT TO LIVING HEALTHY THIS NEW YEAR! JOIN A FREE WORKSHOP TO MANAGE YOUR CHRONIC CONDITION

Learning how to self-manage your chronic condition allows you to live life to the fullest, to improve quality of life, and to reduce symptoms. The Chronic Disease Self- Management Program is an evidence-based program designed to help older adults and adults with disabilities to make a step-by-step plan for improving their health and their lives.

January 5, 2022

AAASWFL IS OFFERING FREE TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION TO LEAD “LIVING HEALTHY” WORKSHOPS

The Area Agency on Aging for SWFL is seeking individuals who are interested in leading “Living Healthy” workshops – a program to help people manage their chronic conditions. Training and certification are provided at no cost with a commitment to lead Living Healthy workshops for the AAASWFL.

December 6, 2022

FREE LOCAL SERVICE HELPS SENIORS REVIEW MEDICARE PLAN OPTIONS FOR 2022

Specially-trained SHINE counselors help educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to understand their health care options so they can make the best decisions for their individual needs.

November 11, 2021

LEARN TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH – VIRTUAL WORKSHOP TO MANAGE CHRONIC CONDITIONS BEGINS IN OCTOBER

Four out of every five adults over the age of 60 have at least one chronic disease. Fortunately, free programs are available locally for people with chronic illnesses to take charge of their health.

September 22, 2021

PROCLAMATION FROM THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS: FALLS PREVENTION AWARENESS WEEK IN FLORIDA

Governor Ron DeSantis extends his support to all observing September 20-24, 2021, as Falls Prevention Awareness Week in Florida.

September 20, 2021

LEARN TO MANAGE YOUR CONCERNS ABOUT FALLS – NINE-WEEK WORKSHOP BEGINS IN OCTOBER

A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.

September 15, 2021

INCREASE HEALTH AND WELLNESS WITH A FREE TAI CHI WORKSHOP FOR OLDER ADULTS IN LEE COUNTY

Recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention program was designed to relieve pain, improve balance, and significantly reduce falls.

September 15, 2021

VIRTUAL INJURY PREVENTION LIVE WEBINAR ON SEPTEMBER 22 AT 11AM

The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. One thing that’s still the same? Falling is NOT a normal part of aging.

September 1, 2021

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO LEAD SENIOR HEALTH & WELLNESS WORKSHOPS

Area Agency on Aging seeks volunteer instructors to lead Low Impact Exercise and Self-Management Program classes in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, and Sarasota counties.

August 12, 2021

LEARN TO MANAGE YOUR CHRONIC CONDITION

A FREE six-week online workshop is available for those living in Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades, Desoto, and Sarasota counties. If you are a senior with a chronic condition, you are not alone.

August 12, 2021

ELDER ABUSE: IT’S MORE THAN SCAMS – FREE WORKSHOP FOR WEAAD

June 15 is recognized nationally as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse is a silent problem that often robs older adults of their dignity and security. It is projected that by 2050, there will be roughly 320 million victims of elder abuse.

June 8, 2021

AREA AGENCY ON AGING FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA PROVIDING ONLINE SOCIAL EVENTS FOR OLDER ADULTS IN JUNE

Summer Magic – Join AAASWFL as we invite older adults and their families to keep it cool this summer as we take the party inside with celebrity magician and mentalist Paul Draper and special guests Broadway star Eryn LeCroy and comedian Gabe Abelson.

June 7, 2021

OLDER AMERICANS MONTH – COMMUNITIES OF STRENGTH

This year, the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida will celebrate Older Americans Month by encouraging community members to share their experiences. Together, we can find strength—and create a stronger future. Here are some ways to share and connect.

May 1, 2021

AREA AGENCY ON AGING FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA PROVIDING ONLINE SOCIAL EVENTS FOR OLDER ADULTS

Egg-cited for Some Magic? with Celebrity Magician and Mentalist Paul Draper

April 7, 2021

AREA AGENCY ON AGING FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA OFFERS ONLINE SOCIAL EVENTS FOR OLDER ADULTS AND THEIR FAMILIES

The Magic of New Beginnings with Celebrity Magician Paul Draper

January 7, 2021

AREA AGENCY ON AGING FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, INC. OFFERS
RESOURCES TO SUPPORT SENIORS’ MENTAL HEALTH THIS HOLIDAY SEASON In Partnership with Department of Elder Affairs, Together Apart: Holidays at Heart Aims to Limit Loneliness for Seniors
While many older adults choose to stay safer at home and isolate themselves to prevent exposure to the coronavirus, Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida, Inc. (AAASWFL), in partnership with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA), are ensuring that no senior feels alone during the holiday season.

November 19, 2020

Is Your Medicare Plan Changing? Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period Ends December 7 – SHINE counselors are available to help review and compare plans
Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period will end on December 7 – The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida’s SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) counselors are here to help!

November 17, 2020

Area Agency on Aging for SW Florida Celebrates Grand Opening of New Headquarters in Fort Myers
AAASWFL recently celebrated the grand opening of its new headquarters in Fort Myers located at 2830 Winkler Avenue.

November 5, 2020

Area Agency on Aging for SW Florida Offers Free Training for Health and Wellness Volunteers
Area Agency on Aging for SW Florida seeks volunteer instructors to lead Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

October 15, 2020

Public Service Announcement: Beware of Home Repair Scams After Hurricanes
This busy hurricane season, Florida seniors can protect themselves from becoming victims of home repair fraud by following these important tips.

September 14, 2020

AREA AGENCY ON AGING FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA MOVES TO A NEW LOCATION IN SEPTEMBER
AAASWFL, a nonprofit serving older adults and adults with disabilities, is pleased to announce that beginning September 1, 2020, it will be operating from its new location at 2830 Winkler Avenue, Suite 112, Fort Myers, FL 33916.

September 14, 2020

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