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News & Notes from AAASWFL
August 2019

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Managing Chronic Conditions

Millions of older adults live with one or more chronic health conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, asthma and more.

To help older adults with these conditions, AAASWFL is excited to announce that we will be offering the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program across Southwest Florida.  Along with the Florida
Department of Elder Affairs, we have received a grant to offer these workshops in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry and Sarasota Counties.  The program helps people with chronic diseases become more engaged with their health and develop confidence in managing their conditions.

In the coming months, we'll be training volunteers to lead this program-- if you're interested in becoming a volunteer leader, call the Elder Helpline at 866-413-5337 (866-41-ELDER) and ask to speak with Sherry Young.
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Did you know that you can get free, unbiased, one-on-one counseling on your Medicare issues through AAASWFL?

The SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program helps thousands of Southwest Floridians every year! SHINE counselors can help you better understand your benefits, evaluate your many coverage options, find cost-saving programs, and even help you report Medicare fraud and abuse!

Counseling sites can be found on or by calling the Elder Helpline at 866-413-5337 (866-41-ELDER).  The Helpline can also help you if you want to become a SHINE volunteer!

Volunteer Training offered in Sarasota

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Each year, one in four older adults has a serious fall-- and many never fully recover.

If you'd like to help older adults improve their balance and reduce their risk of falling, we want you to take our Matter of Balance volunteer training!

A Matter of Balance is one of several health and wellness workshops we offer across Southwest Florida.  On August 27 & 28, we're offering a volunteer training for A Matter of Balance at Friendship Centers in Sarasota. Training to lead A Matter of Balance workshops is FREE with a commitment to lead classes for AAASWFL.

Want to join us?  Call the Elder Helpline at 866-413-5337 and ask to speak with Sherry Young.
Public Meeting image: August 6th at 10am

You are invited to attend a public meeting at the Area Agency on Aging for SWFL headquarters on August 6 at 10:00 a.m. The AAASWFL headquarters is located at 15201 N. Cleveland Ave, Ste. 1100 in North Fort Myers.

We hope to get your input on health and wellness workshops that we plan to offer using Older Americans Act Title III-D funding.

These workshops include:
  • A Matter of Balance
  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers
  • Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL)
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis (for Falls Prevention)
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance
  • Walk With Ease
Any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this hearing is asked to advise AAASWFL at least five days before the hearing by calling 239-652-6900.

You're Prepared-- But Are Your Pets?

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We all (hopefully) have our emergency plans in place for Hurricane Season.  But do Fluffy and Fido have plans, too?

If you need to evacuate, it's not safe to leave your pets behind.  Plan for evacuation by checking hotel policies, asking friends or relatives if they can host your furry friends, and prepare a list of boarding facilities or animal shelters just in case.

Find more tips for preparing your pets for an emergency on the
State of Florida preparedness website at

Kudos and Thank Yous

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Our AAAASWFL team works hard to help older adults maintain their independence-- and sometimes we like to share the kudos we get.  Here's part of a note we received about Sharleen, one of our long-term care specialists:
"I found her knowledgeable, efficient and moreover proactive. Her work was thorough and she explained all the necessary steps in an easy to understand manner for the lay person such as myself. She has given me back confidence in the Florida Social Services Programs and has been a breath of fresh air after my other previous experiences and dealings. Her professionalism, skills and knowledge of her job gave me the feeling that I was her only client!"
Do you have a story you want to share about AAASWFL?
Email us at

AAASWFL Events Coming Soon!

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Aug 5. - Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program classes begin (Arcadia)
Aug. 6 -  Public Meeting - Older Americans Act programming (North Fort Myers)

Aug. 8 -  AARP Smart Driver Course (North Fort Myers)
Aug. 13 - Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program classes begin (Punta Gorda)

Aug. 19-21 -  Florida Conference on Aging (Orlando)
Aug. 22 - Board of Directors Meeting (North Fort Myers)
Aug. 27-28 -  Volunteer Training- A Matter of Balance (Sarasota)
Sep. 2 - Labor Day (Office/Helpline Closed)

New events are added regularly.  View our full calendar at or like our facebook page to learn about new events.
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