Join us for a special Tale Tellers “Gift of Stories” event followed by lunch on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at River House in St. Augustine. The Tale Tellers will share stories and songs of the holiday season.
Advance registration for lunch is required by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2022. To register for the luncheon, please call Teresa Harris or Kristy Locklear of River House at (904) 209-3655.
There is no cost for lunch for those who are
60 years of age or older. For those who are 59 years of age or younger,
the cost for the lunch is $8.00 payable at the event.
Our luncheon menu will include Pot Roast,
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Vegetable Medley, and Apple Pie.
River House is located at 179 Marine St., St.
Council on Aging Tropical Storm and Veterans Day Closures– November 9, 10 & 11, 2022
Council on Aging (COA) has announced that all COA senior centers and facilities, including River House, Sunshine Center, COA headquarters, and scheduled IMEP programs, will be closed on Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 10, 2022 due to expected tropical storm conditions, and on Friday, November 11, 2022, in observance of Veterans Day.
Tasters Wanted on Fridays – Be Our Lunch Guest at COA’s Coastal Community Center and Share Your Feedback!
Our COA Nutrition Staff are trying some new recipes in October, November, and December, and we need help deciding which recipes excite the most taste buds.
If you are 60 years or older, you are invited to enjoy lunch at 11:30 a.m. in our Coastal Community Center (located at 180 Marine Street, St. Augustine, across from River House). Please arrive fifteen minutes before lunch begins. There is no cost for this lunch, but only 25 seats are available each Friday, and advance registration is required. Once 25 seats have been filled, a “Sold Out” icon will appear. More dates will be opened for registration when menus become available. To register, visit the Coastal Community Center pagehere.
St. Johns County Council on Aging has announced that Sunshine Bus will resume normal service and schedule on Saturday, October 1, 2022. Service is suspended Friday, September 30, 2022, due to conditions related to tropical storm Ian.
Bus updates, please visit www.sunshinebus.net or call customer
service at 904-209-3716.
Council on Aging Announces Hurricane-Related Closures – September 28 – 30, 2022
St. Johns County Council on Aging (COA) has announced that all COA facilities and senior centers will be closed Wednesday through Friday, September 28 – 30, 2022, in response to the expected weather impact of Hurricane Ian. This includes all COA senior centers, the Sunshine Center adult day care center, the Ponte Vedra Memory Care Center, and COA’s administrative offices.
Meals on Wheels for the remainder of the week will be delivered to scheduled recipients on Wednesday, September 28. Wednesday will be the last delivery day this week for Meals on Wheels.
Sunshine Bus and Paratransit transportation services will continue through Wednesday, weather permitting. For Sunshine Bus updates, please visit www.sunshinebus.net.
For more information on Council on Aging services, visit www.coasjc.org or call 904-209-3700.
Announces Cathy Brown Memorial and Celebration of Life at River House, Thursday,
October 6, 2022
Council on Aging, along with her family, invite members of the public to attend a memorial and celebration of the life of Cathy Brown on Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at COA’s River House. River House is located at 179 Marine Street in St. Augustine, Florida. In lieu of flowers, her family has requested that donations be made to Council on Aging, or a charity of your choice. If you would like to send a message of condolence or share a memory of Cathy with her family, please call 904-977-5288 where you can record a message for them.
served as Executive Director of Council on Aging for fourteen years from 1999
to 2013. Her impact on the mission of Council on Aging and the community of St.
Johns County cannot be overstated. Her creative spirit, out-of-the box
thinking, and boundless energy created a synergy that transformed the small
agency into a force for change and good. Cathy’s vision resulted in a thriving
agency with five senior centers, including the beautiful River House on the
Matanzas River, a nationally recognized public transportation system known as
the Sunshine Bus, the Sunshine Center, an adult day care center, and IMEP™,
COA’s innovative memory disorder early intervention program.
for excellence, her commitment to good, and her gift of motivation inspired
all… staff, volunteers, participants, and board members… from the first day she
walked into COA until the day she retired in 2013 and beyond. Her presence and
her joy are ever-present.
“Cathy was an incredible visionary
and tireless advocate for seniors and caregivers in St. Johns
County,” said Becky Yanni, executive director of COA. “COA
meant so much to Cathy – and Cathy means so much to COA. Her legacy will live
on improving the lives of our community’s elders and caregivers in
information on COA’s programs and services for seniors and caregivers in St.
Johns County, visit their website at www.coasjc.org.
Restaurant’s Community Harvest to Benefit Council on Aging and Local Charities
St. Augustine, FL, September 1, 2022 – Eat well
and do good in support of local nonprofits including Council on Aging during
the entire month of September during the 25th Annual Columbia Restaurant
Community Harvest program. All of the 1905 Family of Restaurants are
participating this year, including the Columbia Restaurant location at 98 St.
George Street in downtown St. Augustine.
Through its month-long Community Harvest program, now in its 25th year,
the company donates 5 percent of all diners’ checks to charities selected by
the guests. Over the last 24 years, this program has provided more than $3
million to nonprofit organizations throughout Florida.
During the month of September, simply
choose an organization from a ballot that is provided with the check. The restaurant will calculate the 5 percent
and provide the charity with gift certificates that can be used at any of the
restaurants for up to 12 months. There
is no additional cost to the guest.
Local nonprofit Council on Aging (COA) has
been serving seniors and caregivers in St. Johns County since 1973. COA offers
a comprehensive range of programs and services that support older adults in
maintaining their independence and enjoying their best lives at every age. Among
the many programs COA offers are home-delivered Meals on Wheels, independent
living services, prescription assistance, IMEP™, their Integrative Memory
Enhancement Program, adult day care, caregiver support, and community senior
and lifelong learning centers throughout St. Johns County.
The original Columbia Restaurant was
founded in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro
Hernandez, Sr., and is Florida’s oldest restaurant. All of the restaurants are
owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation members of the founding family,
except for the Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport, which
is operated in partnership with HMSHost.
“We started this program as a way to help many
of the worthy non-profit groups that are so important to our communities,” said
4th generation family member and president Richard Gonzmart. “I can’t believe
how much it has grown in 25 years. We’re excited this year to extend the
ballots and gift certificates to all our restaurant concepts, which should
provide a real increase in our donations to the charities.”
The Council on Aging pays tribute to the life and legacy of Cathy Brown, who served as Executive Director from 1999 – 2013. Cathy’s impact on the mission of Council on Aging and the community of St. Johns County cannot be overstated. Her creative spirit, out-of- the box thinking, and boundless energy created a synergy that transformed the small agency into a force for change and good. Cathy’s vision resulted in a thriving agency with five senior centers, including the beautiful River House on the Matanzas River, a nationally recognized public transportation system known as the Sunshine Bus, an adult day care center, the Sunshine Center, and IMEP, an innovative memory disorder early intervention program.
Cathy’s passion for excellence, her commitment to good, and her gift of motivation inspired us all… staff, volunteers, participants and board members… from the first day she walked into the COA until the day she retired in 2013 and beyond. We feel her presence and her joy every day.
Thank you, Cathy, for making St. Johns County a better place, not only for our seniors, but for all of us. And rest knowing that your legacy will continue in and through the many people you have touched.
We love you. We miss you. We will never forget you.
Council on Aging, along with her family, invite members of the public to attend a memorial and celebration of the life of Cathy Brown on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at COA’s River House. The memorial and celebration will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m at River House, 179 Marine Street, St. Augustine, Florida.
When I retired, it was such a huge accomplishment. The promised freedom to do what I want, when I want, was a definite plus! However, once the retirement party was over, I quickly realized just how much of a difference my steady stream of income made in my ability to do things like shop, travel, and even eat dinner out. Read below for my article on budgeting tips for seniors who are living on a fixed income, focusing on how they can still enjoy their golden years with a little bit of financial tweaking. – Karen Weeks
Seniors living on a fixed income need to adopt a more frugal lifestyle to ensure their funds don’t run out during their golden years. If you take a microscopic look at your finances, you can find plenty of areas where you can save money. With a sensible and creative approach to money, you can enjoy financial freedom without having to compromise too much on the lifestyle you’ve worked hard to create. Here are some practical tips on how to make it work.
Take Advantage of Your Surroundings
Sometimes, the best things in life are free.
Instead of spending money on cruises and holidays, why not become a tourist in your own town? Invite friends
and family to explore your area, and show them the pristine beaches, hiking
trails, and other marvels on your doorstep. With such scenic surroundings, you
can certainly live the holiday lifestyle. You don’t need to spend money on
travel to explore.
Downsize Your Home
Take a look
at downsizing your
home. If your house can generate a profit upon sale, why not sell and invest in
a lock-and-go property? This way, you can also save costs on home maintenance,
garden services, and other costs involved in owning a large property. To begin
looking into the possibility
calculate your home equity. Begin by finding your home’s current value – or at
least an estimate – and then subtract your mortgage balance. If you’re not in a
position to downsize, consider renting out a part of your home to
Look for Discounts
Whether its activities, transport, or museums, a
multitude of discounts are available for seniors. For regular massages and
haircuts, seek beauty school trainees who charge very little to practice their
skills. Meanwhile, the national parks offer discount
seniors; hotels also offer discounts for seniors.
Sell Household Items
Over the years you may have accumulated a few
valuable items. Have your furniture, antiques, artwork, and jewelry appraised.
You can potentially sell
an antique item or two to generate an extra funnel of cash.
Create a Monthly Budget
Creating a monthly budget can give you an overview
of your finances and allow you to plan
your expenses. Don’t
forget to put some money aside for savings or unforeseen circumstances.
Find Part-Time Work or Start a Business
Chances are, there’s
part-time or seasonal work in your area. One option is to become a tour guide
for seniors and conduct walking tours through hiking trails, museums, local
attractions, and more. Alternatively, consider offering pet services or dog
walking services for seniors who are no longer mobile. This gives you the
chance to make your own schedule and essentially run your own business.
If you decide to start a business, forming an LLC
can be the best option as it offers tax advantages and flexibility. You can use
a formation service to help you file your paperwork and Articles of
Incorporation, or you can do it yourself. Either option saves you the expense
of attorney fees. Since each state has its own rules for starting a business,
check how to start an LLC Florida business. It only takes five
steps, and you can use a formation service if you’re nervous about missing any
important legal documents.
Living Well on a Budget
You can live well on a budget if you make wise
financial choices and take advantage of your surroundings, local discounts, and
job opportunities. By having a plan in place and sticking to it, you can live a
fun, comfortable life well into your senior years.
The St. Johns County Council on Aging works to ensure that Florida seniors can enjoy their lives. We offer resources, programs, and community events to keep seniors connected and active. Visit us online and consider joining us today!
Council on Aging Announces
Island Doctors COA Champions for Elders Golf Tournament – August 29
Council on Aging (COA) invites the community to participate in the Island Doctors Champions for Elders Golf Tournament at Slammer and Squire, World Golf Village, on Monday, August 29,2022. COA has been serving seniors and caregivers in St. Johns County for the past 49 years, and the annual golf tournament, now in its 19th year, is our largest fundraiser of the year. Sponsors are invited to bring a team of four to enjoy a day of golf followed by a celebratory luncheon, or participate as a sponsor off the course and support the important work COA does every day for local seniors and caregivers.
COA provides an extensive array of services for area seniors
including Meals on Wheels, independent living services, case management, memory
enhancement programs, therapeutic adult daycare, transportation, prescription
assistance, and more. The organization also offers opportunities for
socialization, travel, and lifelong learning at their six community centers located
throughout the county. In addition, COA offers programs to support the needs of
local caregivers, providing counseling, education, support groups, and respite
As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, COA relies upon
donations and sponsorships to support this important work.
“The St. Johns County community is exceptional in being
there for our elders and caregivers,” explained COA Executive Director, Becky
Yanni. “We rely upon the generosity and
good will of local businesses and members of the community to make this possible.
Our annual Champions for Elders golf tournament is crucial to our ability to
This year, local medical group Island Doctors is the Title Sponsor
of the event.
“We are very excited to be able to help Council on Aging
serve more seniors and caregivers in St. Johns County,” said Roy H. Hinman, II,
M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Island Doctors MSO. “This event is a fantastic
way to help our community’s elders.”
Caring Partner sponsorships are available with a donation of
$5,500 and include a playing team foursome at the event. Participating team foursome
sponsorships begin with a $2,500 donation. Non-playing event sponsorships are
available starting at $250. All sponsorships include recognition at the event and
online. To sign up online to participate as a sponsor and/or team, please visit
For more information, please contact COA’s Sheri Brideson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-209-3697. The
deadline to register to participate is August 15, 2022.
To learn more about COA’s extensive range of services for seniors and caregivers, browse our website at www.coasjc.org or call to speak with our receptionists at 904-209-3700.
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