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Advocating for Our Older Adults

Posted on June 19, 2019 | by Deborah Gauvreau
Advocating for Our Older Adults

Margaret Lynn Duggar, CEO of the Florida Council on Aging (FCOA) presented to a packed house at the Friendship Centers. Erin McLeod, CEO of Friendship Centers and membership chair of FCOA kicked off the meeting.

Attendees were eager to hear Ms. Duggar’s comments about important aging topics, including the Older American’s Act, prescription drugs, volunteerism, home health workers, home-delivered meals, Medicare and Medicaid changes, social isolation, and the 2019 legislative session where there are still significant challenges for Florida's population of older adults due to an ineffective federal funding allocation in a growing population.

FCOA’s website recaps the 2019 Legislative Session: A very long and challenging 2019 Legislative budget process has finally come to an end with some hard-fought victories—namely ensuring the continuation of base funding for Florida’s Aging Network Flagship Programs, including Community Care for the Elderly (CCE), Home Care for the Elderly (HCE), Alzheimer’s Respite Care (ADI) and Local Service Programs (LSP). With a major focus on funding hurricane recovery expenses in the Florida Panhandle due to last year’s Hurricane Michael taking top priority for appropriations, the FCOA Advocacy Initiative still managed to see increases, albeit modest increases, to the Community Care for the Elderly Program and the Alzheimer’s Respite Care Program. Additionally, several new local funding projects supporting Florida’s seniors were approved.

Ms. Duggar shared some good news too. Falls have decreased, the management of diabetes and hospice care are both good in the state, and nationally, the immunization rates have improved for flu, pneumonia, and shingles.

Catch a glimpse of Margaret Lynn Duggar presenting viewpoints regarding employer considerations when hiring older workers. The clip also includes samples of Florida businesses that are engaging older citizens and why aging issues are a concern for all Floridians [total time: 3:25].

You are encouraged to explore and share the robust section of resources on the FCOA website, including an Elder Helpline, the Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, Long-Distance Caregiver Safety Tips, Medicare resources, and dozens of other aging resources. 


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