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President’s Point

July 1, 2014

I have vivid memories from my youth of Miss Oklahoma and former spokesperson for the Florida Citrus Commission, Anita Bryant, singing songs that encouraged travel to the sunshine state. In fact, Bryant married a Miami-based disc jockey and made south Florida her home. Florida also became home to many from the northeast and garnered the reputation as a haven for the elderly. Unfortunately, that heavy migration has created a demographic problem which has resulted in a burgeoning population of seniors. Today more than 18% of Floridians are over the age of 65 and Florida ranks as one of the worst in the nation in helping seniors live independently and out of nursing homes. 

According to a recent article in the Tampa Bay Times, Florida ranks 43rd overall on five key measurements that include nursing home affordability, quality care and support for family caregivers. This is not new news to us at Elder Care, but because of this study conducted by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation, an independent, non-profit public charity devoted to transforming care for older adults in ways that preserve dignity and encourage independence, it has become new news to many of the boomer generation and to our city/county commissioners and state legislators.

As many of you know, Elder Care Services made a significant attempt to secure funding from the state in 2013/14 and our board and stakeholders feel we are well positioned to continue that charge in 2014/15. This next effort will be much better planned and orchestrated, we are starting early and hope to gain political traction because it’s an election year. We will also need to mobilize support  from the community and, based on past experience, I am confident that together we can and will build a much better future for our seniors, so please stay tuned!

Thank you for your unconditional support of our mission to improve the quality of life for seniors.

With warmest regards,

 

Mark
Contact me @
baldinom@ecsbigbend.org
(850) 245-5930

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