Updated: May 27, 2020
Thank you so much for your patience and for your support for St. Johns County seniors as we navigate the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation together.
With everyone's health and well-being as our top priority, we have decided that we must extend our recent COA closures until the situation improves and we feel it is safe to resume. activities All COA senior centers in St. Johns County (Coastal Community Center, River House, Hastings, Trout Creek and THE PLAYERS Community Senior Centers in Ponte Vedra), all Integrative Memory Enhancement Program (IMEP) classes, and the Sunshine Center adult day care facility will remain closed until at least July 3rd.
While these services will be closed, Meals on Wheels will continue to be delivered to our participants, and our caseworkers and members of our staff will continue to be available by phone and via email. Should you or a senior you know need our assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at 904-209-3700 Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and via our website at www.coasjc.org.
COA has implemented new virtual programs which are free and available to the public to support senior members of the community and caregivers. A growing library of River House Presents video courses in a range of subjects are available for viewing online on COA’s YouTube channel and via Zoom. COA is also offering online support groups for caregivers, as well as a dedicated support group for grandparents and other guardians caring for grandchildren. In addition, COA’s Sunshine Center is now offering a new activity program via Zoom for those dealing with dementia, as well as their caregivers.
In addition, the Sunshine public buses and Paratransit buses will continue to operate with additional safety measures recommended by the CDC to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Lastly, we know you depend on us for information, social connection and access to other resources and social supports. During this temporary closure, should you or someone you know need to chat, have questions or be seeking resources - we encourage you to reach out to us. We are here for you.
We will remain in touch via our weekly e-newsletter and through our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/coasjc/ and our Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/councilonagingsjc/. If you know someone who wishes to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter, please direct them to sign up at the following link: http://bit.ly/SignUpCOA.
We encourage everyone to follow healthy practices and make informed decisions about your health and on behalf of your loved ones. The St Johns County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Citizens Information Hotline is active and available between 8am-6pm 7 days a week. St Johns County residents may call the hotline at 904-824-5550 for information regarding facility closures, program cancellations, and current St Johns County COVID-19 guidelines. Residents are also encouraged to visit their website at https://www.sjcemergencymanagement.com/.
If you would like to help St. Johns County seniors during this unprecedented crisis, COA is most in need of monetary donations to help keep our seniors and caregivers get the in-home care they need. Your gift will assure that vulnerable elders receive the critical support they need today.
We invite you to please make donations at the following link: http://bit.ly/DonatetoCOA.
Thank you in advance for your generous support!
We look forward to seeing you soon when this crisis passes! Until then, stay connected, stay well and take care of yourself and those you love.
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“There are as many ways to age as there are people who are aging. It’s an individual process.”
Becky Yanni, COA Executive Director
The Council on Aging
One thing that might surprise you about the COA is that we are not here to tell you how to age. Because you can – and will - do that without any help from any of us. And, we’re not here to tell you what is best for you. Because you can decide that for yourself much better than we can. In fact, we’re not here to TELL you how to do anything at all! We are here for one simple reason and that is: to help.
If you are caring for your parents, concerned about your health, feeling a little lonely or looking for something fun to do, COA can help. If you need assistance with meals or some information about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or adult day services, COA can help. Or maybe you’re looking for a place where your skills and talents can be put to good use? Guess what? COA can help!
Another fact that might surprise you is that the Council on Aging is not just for ‘old people!’ We have activities, services, programs and opportunities for children, parents, families, friends and neighbors. We’re fun and informative, creative and supportive, and possibly a lot more comprehensive than you might think. And while we – like you – are always willing to evolve, change and adapt, one thing is constant – we’re here for you. No matter who you are. So come on by and take a look. Because whatever it is you’re looking for, we can help. We’re here for you – we’re your COA!
Our COA main office is located at the Coastal Community Center, 180 Marine St., in downtown St. Augustine and there are additional community senior activity centers conveniently located throughout St. Johns County.
The Council on Aging would like to thank photographers David Macri, Elise Moloney and Kathy Cinney for contributing the images on this website._______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Click the images below to watch the videos and learn more about Meals On Wheels and its impact on both participants and volunteers.
"To provide the opportunity for every person in St. Johns County to enjoy wellness, longevity and quality of life choices within a strong, healthy community."
To lead and advocate for the dignity, independence, health and community involvement of older St. Johns County residents.