Please call (904) 209-3674 to learn more about the COA Sunshine Center or to schedule a tour!


A lot can happen in a minute. For example: 250 babies are born every minute; lightning strikes the Earth 6,000 times every minute; there are 5 earthquakes every minute and Americans eat 21 thousand slices of pizza every single minute.
(Yep, you read that right!) That’s what the statistics say, anyway.

The statistics also say that, if you add just six seconds to that minute, someone in the United States will develop Alzheimer’s disease. Every time. Every sixty-six seconds. That’s one reason why Council on Aging Executive Director Becky Yanni has made addressing the issues of memory loss, dementia and caregiver support a priority in our community.

Why is adult day care so important when we talk about dementia care? Well, we’re not eating all that pizza alone! The truth is, we all need the company of others to whom we can relate and with whom we feel comfortable. Socialization is crucial to quality of life at any age, no matter our particular issues. Every one of us is of value, each of us has gifts to give, and all of us have a desire to feel useful. A professional, licensed, adult day care center provides all that and more. There are specially designed activities and exercises that focus on stimulation while encouraging a sense of accomplishment; there are field trips and parties and a rhythm and routine that give the participants a feeling of security and comfort.

The COA welcomes all those who are interested in learning more about Adult Day Care for those with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to call us at (904) 209-3674 any Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm. Ask questions, access resources or schedule a visit our adult day care center, The Sunshine Center, located at 180 Marine St. in downtown St. Augustine.

Sixty-six seconds. Just enough time to make a phone call. Because a lot can happen in a minute!
(904) 209-3674



Our center offers adult care with a focus on assisting individuals with memory problems. The Sunshine Center is one of just a handful of centers that are licensed to provide adult day care in St. Johns County. Participants here will enjoy skilled care, nutritious meals, exercises, socialization, and activities all geared toward improving the lives of those dealing with memory loss, brain trauma, Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia.
Contact Paulette Kozlowski at (904) 209-3674 with any questions about memory loss, dementia or adult day care, or for more information about the Sunshine Center.


When someone is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it is a battle involving heartache for both caregiver and the person diagnosed. Sometimes, it can feel like nobody understands, or even cares. Both parties are overwhelmed, lonely, and don’t know where to turn.

This was how the story began for both Kay and Joyce. Kay admitted that the loneliness can bring her to tears sometimes. Joyce said that living alone can be a real challenge. All caregivers agree that there is nothing easy about what they do.

This is where the Council on Aging’s Sunshine Center can help. The Sunshine Center is a safe facility that allows people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to receive a full day of care with an array of cognitive and physical activities. Participants are given lunch, exercise, Bingo (Kay’s favorite!), pet therapy, music therapy, arts & crafts, haircuts and so much more.

“These people are my family, too,” said Kay. “I’m very comfortable here; very happy. It’s easy to make friends with good conversation and a smile.”

Companionship is an extremely vital part of the Sunshine Center. The Center provides the participants with a place to belong, which fights off loneliness, depression, and despair, and in turn improves the quality of life for an older adult. It validates that they are valued, needed, and important.

“I just like being here among friends,” Joyce chimed in. “I’m always ready to sing and play games. Coming here helps my daughter so she can take a break.”

Allowing a caregiver respite care is essential to this situation. More often than not, caregivers still need to work and may have children of their own to care for. This program allows for caregivers to be able to go to work, and be rest assured that their loved ones are safe. It also may allow them to go shopping for a few hours, or even go see a movie. Council on Aging also offers caregiver support groups and other caregiver resources, so they can get the support needed from peers experiencing many of the same issues and concerns.

Again this year, Island Doctors partnered with COA to support Sunshine Center. Island Doctors has several locations in St. Augustine: Moultrie Road, Anastasia Island, and Palencia. They are a reliable and faithful partner of Council on Aging. “Many of our patients participate and enjoy quality programs provided by the COA,” said the team at Island Doctors.

The Sunshine Center is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and is licensed by AHCA #9081.  For more information, please call Council on Aging at 904-209-3700.