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AgeWise Jan_Feb 2020 Print

President's Message


Happy New Year, dear FCOA Members!  As we enter a new year and new decade, I thought you may be interested in trends that continue to impact our country.  “Aging in the United States”, Population Reference Bureau’s Population Bulletin focuses on recent demographic shifts and trends among adults ages 65 and older.  

The Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are reshaping America’s older population and is unprecedented in U.S. history.  The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060.

Older adults are working longer.  By 2018, 24% of men and 16% of women ages 65 and older were in the labor force.  By 2026, it is projected that 26% of men and 18% of women ages 65 and older will be working. 

Education levels are increasing.  In 1965, 5% of people ages 65 and older had completed a bachelor’s degree.  By 2018, this percentage had risen to 29%.

The average U.S. life expectancy increased from 68 years in 1950 to 78.6 years in 2017, in large part due to the reduction in mortality at older ages. 

There are some challenging trends to be aware of as well.  Obesity rates among adults ages 60 and older have been increasing, and are at 41%.

More older adults are divorced compared with previous generations.  Divorced women ages 65 and older increased from 3% in 1980 to 14% in 2018, and for men, increased from 4% to 11% during the same time period.

Twenty six percent of women ages 65 to 74 lived alone in 2018; 39% among women ages 75 to 84 and 55% among women ages 85 and older. 

The baby boomer generation is expected to fuel more than a 50% increase in the number of Americans ages 65 and older requiring nursing home care, to 1.9 million in 2030 compared to 1.2 million in 2017.  Demand for elder care will also be driven by a steep rise in the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is expected to double by 2050 to 13.8 million, from 5.8 million today.

Your FCOA membership allows us to continue to work with policy makers to insure that the needs of older Floridians are recognized and addressed.  Thanks to your support, FCOA played a major role with advocacy, resulting in a $36.9 million increase to home and community based programs since beginning this work in 2008/09.  

The 2020 Legislative Session is in full swing, and FCOA will work tirelessly to educate and advocate for additional funding necessary to reduce wait lists for critical programs that support the most frail older Floridians.

- Christine Cauffield, PhD

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Census 2020 - Florida Counts

The United States Census is completed every ten years to track demographic changes over time. It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

Approximately one third (33.2%) of Florida’s general revenues come from federal aid ($25.5 billion). Without an accurate Census, Florida residents could be denied the full funding they deserve and need – and elected officials won’t be able to make informed decisions for their constituents for more than a decade on a range of issues.  More than $600 billion annually in federal assistance to states, localities, and families is distributed based on census data, yet historically, the census has missed disproportionate numbers of people of color, young children and the rural and urban poor, leading to inequality in political power and in access to public funding and private investment for these communities.

Why is the Census important? 

  • The information collected is used to determine the number of congressional representatives each state gets. Economists estimate that about 900 people PER DAY are moving to Florida.  Experts believe that Florida could gain 2 additional congressional representatives, while other states that are losing overall population might see a reduction in their congressional representation.
  • The Census helps determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flows to the state and communities each year. These dollars make up a large portion of the state budget and go to programs that assist underserved communities, including older adults.  These programs include, but are not limited to, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicare Part B, Section 8 Housing Vouchers, National School Lunch Program, Health Center Programs, and Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP). 
  • Most Older Americans Act (OAA) programs are allotted funding based on a population-based formula factor. Accurately counting older adults impacts OAA funding to programs in Florida.
  • The Census informs many federal spending formulas. George Washington University looked at 55 large programs and found that Florida in 2016 received more than $44 billion in allocations guided at least partially by Census data.
  • Businesses use population data to decide where to build and invest.
  • Local governments use the information to promote economic development and to determine where additional infrastructure needs to be built to support residents. This includes roads, schools, social service programs, transportation systems and locations for first responders. 
  • Many 911 emergency systems are based on maps developed for the last census. Census information helps health providers predict the spread of diseases through communities and when disasters hit, the census tells rescuers how many people will need their help.
  • It can help with genealogy research. Although individual records are held confidential for 72 years, you can request a certificate from past censuses that can be used to establish your age, residence or relationship — information that could qualify you for a pension, establish citizenship or obtain an inheritance.


Rural and Remote Locations

Census Bureau employees take extraordinary measures to reach homes that can be difficult to access in rural and remote areas.  Some rural households do not have a typical mailing addresses but use post office boxes in town or nearby towns. The Census Bureau does not mail to P.O. boxes. Instead, census takers will deliver paper questionnaires to each home in such areas, along with information about options to respond by phone or online, and confirm/record the physical location of the home. In-person follow-ups are also made if no response is received. 

For a small percentage of addresses, in very remote areas, the census takers will attempt to count people in person at the same time that others are being encouraged to self-respond.  This avoids the additional cost of having to revisit these areas during the non-response follow-up period.

People living on Indian reservations, in many instances, have only P.O. boxes or no specific address. That’s why many tribes have asked the Census Bureau to send census takers in person to help American Indians respond to the census.

For the first time, everyone can respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail. However, the lack of internet and broadband connectivity poses challenges for much of rural America.  With this in mind, most people in rural America will receive invitations to respond to the census in the mail.

Military Service Members and Families

For cities and states across the country, active duty military, veterans and their families are an important part of the community whether they are living on a military base, in town, deployed or stationed overseas. Military families may not realize just how important they are when it comes to the 2020 Census and how it may impact on their communities’ funding and impact service members, veterans and their families use while they live in a community.

In mid-March, all households in the United States, including those of service members will receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census. The online option to respond could be particularly popular with enlisted active duty military members, more than half of whom are younger than 25 years old, according to Department of Defense (DOD).

Most military households are responsible for responding to the 2020 Census on their own if they are living in the United States. People will be counted where they live and sleep most of the time as of April 1, 2020.   If living in a military barracks in the United States on April 1, 2020, a military point of contact, sworn to protect your privacy, will distribute individual questionnaires, collect them when complete and return them to the Census Bureau. The same procedure applies if you are on a military vessel with a homeport in the United States.  If deployed or on a military vessel with a homeport outside the United States on Census Day, the DOD will provide the Census Bureau administrative data for you and family living with you overseas as of April 1.


To count incarcerated people, census takers visit prisons and distribute forms or collect the necessary data from administrators. Regardless of how the forms are filled out, the Census assigns incarcerated people to the address of the prison. To ensure consistency, the Bureau has developed the "usual residence rule."   This rule means that people will be counted where they "eat and sleep most of the time." For example, people on business trips on Census Day will still be counted at home. For most people the rule is obvious, but its application is more complex for others. And for some groups -- like incarcerated people, who live in a place temporarily and involuntarily -- it deviates from any other standard for residence.

Hurricane Michael and the Census

In the places where Hurricane Michael hit hardest last year, officials worry that the 2020 U.S. Census may record their population as unusually low, skewing federal funding and political representation for up to a decade.  Cities and counties in the storm’s path have had lingering population loss, which will not be remedied by the time the Census counts begin.  In a recent article, Mark McQueen, city manager of Panama City, stated that his area lost up to 25 percent of its population, or about 9,000 residents. 

Leaders in the impacted region hope people will return within the next decade, when homes are rebuilt and businesses are reopened. But Census counts do not reflect intentions, they reflect where people are living on April 1st. 

It is critically important that areas impacted by the hurricane increase educational efforts to help people understand the importance of the Census to the recovery of the region. 

The Census Bureau plans to hand-deliver questionnaires to as many as 3,800 housing units around Mexico Beach, where many homes are now just vacant lots.   People who are still living in travel trailers and makeshift housing will pose an added challenge for Census takers, who typically depend on established address lists. 

After Hurricane Michael, many prisoners, were relocated from facilities damaged by the storm.  For some of the rural areas impacted, the prison population can account for a major chunk of the local population.  The impact on Jackson County, population 48,000, will mean that the 1,200 people who were moved from a damaged federal correctional institution will be counted in the prisons they are currently residing in on April 1. 

Federal funding and even political representation that is lost in the Panhandle will go elsewhere. Every displaced resident ended up in some city, or state, where they will be counted instead.  Communities can, within the next decade, ask for a special census, but local governments would bear that cost.  This could pose an extreme burden as these areas are still dealing with storm expenses.  

In conclusion, responses to the 2020 Census are safe and secure. Federal law bars the Census Bureau from releasing personal census data to law enforcement, immigration agencies or other government agencies.  Encourage Floridians to be counted so we not only get the funding appropriate to our population, but be able to use this information to plan Florida’s future.


United States Census 2020—

Florida Nonprofit Alliance Census Resource Page—

CENSUS IS STILL HIRING IN FL—Visit the Census Website to Apply

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FCOA Celebrates 65 Year Anniversary

FCOA Celebrating 65 Great Years! 


Anniversaries are a wonderful time to reflect back on how the members of the Florida Council on Aging have made a difference in the lives of older adults. 


Join us as we take a look at our history!  The FCOA Facebook Page will feature a new audio segment and/or video every couple of weeks from the FCOA Board of Trustees and FCOA members discussing their first experience with the Florida Council on Aging and how being part of FCOA has helped them in their careers.  Do you want to share your own ‘What FCOA Means to Me’  video?  Use your phone and record a segment 10-40 seconds and send it to [email protected].




The History of the Florida Council on Aging

Interest in aging was primarily a commercial concern in Florida up until the mid-twentieth century. Initially, the goal of stimulating tourism and bringing retirees to the state was more important than actually dealing with the well-being and welfare of the aged. However, the tide began to change in 1951, when Florida Governor Fuller Warren created a Retirement Committee, which lasted for two years. This was followed by the establishment of the Improvement Commission's Research Division, which later became the Florida Development Commission's Retirement Division.

The Gerontological Society, a national organization developed in the 1940's, consisted of scientists who were interested in the aging process. A few of the Florida members of this society would later take the lead in founding the Florida Council on Aging. 

The Florida Conference on Social Welfare appointed a State Committee on Gerontology in 1951 and the first statewide meeting took place May 7, 1952 in Tampa. The first official motion at this meeting was made by Walter Keyes and seconded by Sidney Entman: "That this Statewide committee on Gerontology adopt as its major objective the sponsorship and encouragement for the State of Florida to establish a State Board, Commission or Authority on Aging, which would be charged with the responsibility to organize, assemble, study and promote leadership and services in the field of gerontology for the best benefit for the people of Florida." Walter Keyes was appointed by the executive committee of the conference to carry out the recommendations of the steering committee to establish a new organization.

FCOA The First Decade

1955 - 1965

The Statewide Gerontology Committee met on March 25, 1955 in St. Petersburg. This committee was charged with preparing a proposed charter and planning an organizational meeting in Miami, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Conference on Social Welfare. The organizational meeting took place in Miami on May 13 and "Florida Council on Aging" was selected as its name. By-laws were adopted and trustees were elected for a 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year term. Sidney Entman was elected president, Samuel Gertman, vice president, Irving Webber, secretary-treasurer, and trustees from several areas of Florida were elected as well.

The objectives of the Florida Council on Aging were established as follows: to create a common meeting ground for all those interested in aging; to create better communication among professional groups; to focus public interest in the welfare and well-being of the aged; to promote and encourage the scientific study of aging; to take action, including legislative recommendations that would achieve the aims of the Council; to cooperate with existing local and national groups; and to stimulate the formation of new groups throughout the state. 

FCOA's first conference was held in Tallahassee October 16 - 17, 1955, with Governor LeRoy Collins greeting over 200 delegates attending. Dr. John Allen of the University of South Florida gave the keynote address. Sessions were held covering different areas of concern in aging. The FCOA Conference stimulated interest and resulted in many delegates returning to their local communities wanting to get something done. The Florida Council on Aging also offered leadership and speakers to local councils. 

It was during this period that a great deal of interest was generated into developing grass roots interest and a modus operandi for local affiliations. FCOA appointed a legislative committee to review legislation affecting the aged as well as to make recommendations. Dr. Carter Osterbind was authorized to prepare a facts book on aging. The first issue of AgeWise, FCOA's newsletter, was published in January, 1959.

FCOA became involved in the first Governor's Conference, which took place in Tallahassee in 1960. The Council participated in the planning and execution of the Conference and continued to do so for future Governor's Conferences as well.

FCOA also helped plan for Florida's part in the first White House Conference on Aging, which took place in January 1961. Each state was requested to examine the problems of aging and report their findings at the conference (many members of FCOA were appointed delegates). FCOA participated and gave leadership in the local and statewide meeting conducted before the national conference in order to prepare Florida's delegates to the Conference. After the Conference, FCOA participated in plans for the dissemination of the recommendations that came out of the Conference. The findings of this Conference set the guidelines for development of better programs for the aged throughout the country.

In 1963, FCOA withdrew from the Gerontological Society (due to a difference in the stress and emphasis of the two groups) and affiliated itself with the National Council on Aging.

The February 14, 1964 FCOA annual meeting, held in Gainesville, proved to be momentous due to FCOA achieving one of its major goals. A Commission on Aging had been approved by the legislature and three FCOA past presidents were appointed to the Commission. A joint meeting of both boards was held to work out non-conflicting roles for each organization.

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Thank you Sunshine Health for sponsoring the Florida Conference on Aging 2020.

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PHOTO: Karen Deigl, FCOA Trustee, CEO, Senior Resource Association (left); Representative MaryLynn Magar (center); and Karen Ripper, CEO, Kane

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Calendar of Events

FCOA welcomes

Dr. Laurence Solberg as our guest speaker at the FCOA Networking event.  In addition to an overview of innovative projects happening at the VA, Dr. Solberg will speak on the topic of ‘What is the Age-friendly healthcare system and how can it help older adults?’  

Dr. Solberg’s current position is as Adjunct Research Associate Professor at the University of Florida College of Nursing and he is also affiliated with the VA Medical Center.

Special appreciation is extended to Susan Ponder-Stansel, CEO, Community Hospice & Palliative Care, FCOA Past-President, for sponsoring this event and Elder Options for hosting.

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New Members & Member News

Ana Colls, Village of Key Biscayne—Key Biscayne Community Center, Key Biscayne

Regina Davis, Gadsden Senior Services, Inc., Quincy

Danielle Hartman, Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services, Boca Raton

Todd Hofferberth, Village of Key Biscayne—Key Biscayne Community Center, Key Biscayne

Kevin Kenney, Florida Blue, Jacksonville

Andrew Lent, AARP Florida, St. Petersburg

Beth Levine, Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services, Boca Raton

Janet Mills, SHINE, St. Petersburg

Peggy Sherrill, Sarasota Memory Disorder Clinic, Sarasota

Sherry Wilson, City of Deerfield Beach Center for Aging, Deerfield Beach

Congratulations to Bill Wertman who has been appointed CEO of Big Bend Hospice.

Community Aging and Retirement Services (CARES) is the recipient of a parcel of land in Dade City.  The land was donated by Senator Wilton Simpson to build a premier one-stop senior center. 

Mark Baldino has retired from Eldercare Services of Tallahassee and Jocelyne Fliger has been named the new President & CEO. 

Congratulations Eldercare Services of Tallahassee on their 50th anniversary!

Peter Kaldes, has left his position as President and CEO of the South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA), to serve as the CEO for the American Society on Aging.


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the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas (AAAPP) has a job opportunity for a Leadership position as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  This position reports to the Executive Director.

For more information, requirements, and how to apply, please visit

This Leadership position as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas (AAAPP), reports to the Executive Director and requires specific knowledge of nonprofit financial reporting requirements, establishment of internal controls and analysis of financial results.  The CFO will oversee the financial operations of the organization and will provide metrics, tools, guidance and direction to management and Board of Directors on fiscal matters.  Directs the MIS and VA Units of the agency.  The CFO will function as the right hand of the ED providing guidance, support and momentum to the organization as it grows its’ mission to serve additional constituents.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervises and manages the accounting and data processing, and MIS activities of the agency.
  • Develops and monitors budgets.
  • Develops financial business plans and forecasts.
  • Prepares financials reports
  • Represents agency to financial partners, including financial institutions, auditors, public officials, etc.
  • Staff liaison for the finance committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for the administration and oversight of the Grants and Contracts Compliance function of the Agency to ensure adherence to the statutory regulations and funder-imposed restrictions; maintains current knowledge of statutory modifications and changes as well as federal/state legislation and assures timely compliance with same.
  • Responsible for administration and oversight of various contracts to alleviate risk to current and future funding opportunities.
  • Responsible for fiscal monitoring of all service providers in accordance with applicable monitoring requirements.
  • Maintain proper internal controls set forth in generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Participate in conferences, workshops, and similar activities relevant to assigned function area of responsibility.
  • Complies w/all security & confidentiality regulations.
  • Participates in emergency preparedness activities consistent with Dept of Elder Affairs and agency COOP/disaster plans.
  • Any other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities)

  • Undergraduate degree in accounting or finance CPA and/or MBA strongly preferred.
  • 10+ years experience as CFO or equivalent in a nonprofit organization with a budget of at least $23 million
  • 10+ years accounting experience in the management of financial, IT and administrative function of a mid to large-sized organization, a non-profit, including significant knowledge of fund and grant accounting, compliance and reporting.
  • Knowledge and experience in budgeting, monitoring and reporting on federal, state, local grants & contracts.
  • Understanding of complex funding, nonprofit accounting and compliance.
  • Working knowledge of AOA programs; knowledge of cost principles and procedures for grants and contracts with the federal government for non-profit organizations (OMB circulars A-87, A-110, A-112, and A-133).
  • Demonstrable prior experience generating prospective financial tools useful in growing a nonprofit’s mission.
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office expertise required.
  • Ability to work with multiple deadlines and projects simultaneously.
  • Superior written and communication skills.
  • Proven ability and willingness to be a working leader and team player.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with all staff, including Leadership Team, Board of Directors, external partners, community agencies and vendors.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, team management and interpersonal skillsFunctional knowledge of business administration and strategic planning.
  • Functional knowledge of IT and Telecommunications systems.
  • Must pass Level II criminal background screening through the Department of Elder Affairs.


No phone calls. –DF/SF WP--EOE

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Excellent Benefits;  Job Type : Full-time

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Grant and Funding Opportunities

The Conagra Brands Foundation invites U.S. based nonprofit organizations to submit one online letter of intent (LOI) annually. The LOI must strategically align with our core areas of focus which include: food access, nutrition education, cooking skills, healthy and active lifestyles and select urban agricultural programs that have a clear community focus and provide entrepreneurial skills to help individuals participate in the farm-to-fork economy. Nonprofit organizations based in the USA are eligible to submit one online Letter of Intent (LOI) between December 1 and March 1.

Environmental Influences on Aging: Effects of Extreme Weather and Disaster Events on Aging Processes (PAR-19-249, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, application deadlines March 9, 2020; July 7, 2020; November 9, 2020; and March 8, 2021).  Together with the companion FOA (PAR-19-250) that focuses on how extreme weather and disaster events impact older adults, these FOAs will help to explicate the behavioral, biological, epigenetic, genetic, neurological and socioecological processes that affect the aging process. The ultimate goal is to improve the health and well-being of older adults via increased knowledge about extreme weather and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research. This program was developed to address the current concerns about an adequate funding base for postdoctoral fellows (MD, MD/PhD and PhD) who specifically direct their research towards basic aging mechanisms and/or translational findings that have direct benefits to human aging. Postdoctoral fellows at all levels of training are eligible. Up to ten one-year fellowships of $60,000 will be awarded in 2020.

The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time.  Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly.

These micro-grants, $1,000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.  Deadline: Open

Community Care Corps Request for Proposals: Innovative Local Models to Provide Non-Medical Assistance to Older Americans, Persons with Disabilities, and Family CaregiversApplications due April 3, 2020, 5:00 PM ET.  Through February 21, you may submit an optional Notice of Intent to Apply. Community Care Corps seeks proposals for innovative local models in which volunteers assist family caregivers or directly help older adults or adults with disabilities with non-medical assistance in order to maintain their independence.

Florida Humanities awards grants – known as Community Project Grants – to nonprofit organizations and public institutions across Florida whose projects strengthen vibrant communities and cultures, promote civic engagement, spark thoughtful community dialogue, and reflect on the human experience across the Sunshine State.

Applicants can request up to $5,000 for proposed projects, which should involve a humanities scholar(s), attract diverse audiences, bring the public together for discussion and exchange, and be free and open to the public (or not cost prohibitive).

Humanities-rich projects should be bold, innovative, and potentially transformative to local communities. Typical projects supported by Community Project Grants include, but are not limited to: interpretive exhibitions, outdoor heritage signage, community conversations, panel discussions following a performance or film screening, and oral history projects.

Grants are awarded to nonprofits organizations, local municipalities, and cultural, civic, and educational entities.

Community Care Corps will award competitive grants between $30,000 and $250,000 to establish, enhance, or grow volunteer programs. View the full RFP


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