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2-1-1 Brevard

This is to remind readers how they can connect with community resources for themselves, family or friends. We reached out to Belinda Stewart, communications manager for 2-1-1 Brevard, an organization that offers information and referral and crisis intervention 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Here’s what she said: “By dialing 2-1-1, residents can get information from trained specialists about whatever help may be available in the community, whether the issue is domestic violence, money troubles, parenting, caring for an aging relative or anything else. Last year, we made more than 44,000 referrals to almost 425 organizations in Brevard.” So the bottom line, fellow Brevardians, is that you need to remember two phone numbers; six simple digits. “People can call us anytime and we’ll try to connect them with a resource for help, but please: If anyone is in danger, the number to call is 9-1-1,” Stewart said.


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Seniors Helping Seniors Southern Brevard County

Welcome to Seniors Helping Seniors in-home services where we match seniors who need help with seniors who want to help throughout Southern and Central Brevard County, Florida. It’s a unique relationship built between people who understand the ups and downs of life. We work with you to find a senior who can help meet your personal needs, schedule, and personality. We can help out just a little or a lot.

If you live in or near Southern and Central Brevard County we are here for you. Just call today at 321-722-2999 or e-mail

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July 9, 2014 Florida Today

Compassionate Downsizing 4 Seniors

Donna Jones, Carolyn Neale

So many seniors need help transitioning to another lifestyle over the latter part of their lives. We can help them do that by downsizing, moving to independent/ assisted living and aging in place. We help them determine what items to keep and which items to go to family or to be donated.

What were you doing before this?
We were both in banking and finance for a combined 40-plus years, specializing in the senior marketplace.

Why did you go into this venture?

We saw a void in Brevard for this type of service and through research with the National Association of Senior Move Managers. Many seniors on the Space Coast have no family or no family geographically close enough who are willing or able to assist them.

Sell us on your business in two sentences:
Our goal is to preserve memories in meaningful ways while helping the seniors and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of transition to the next phase of their lives. We will do this with compassion, patience and care.





Caregivers kit is a good resource

June 19, 2014

Dear Abby:
Helping a parent or other adult relative handle their finances and health care can be a challenging gift to give.

You want to honor their wishes and respect their boundaries, while at the same time acting in their best interest.

But it can be hard to know where to begin and whom to trust, and you always wonder if you’re forgetting something.

To help your readers carry out this important role, the Federal Citizen Information Center created the free Family Caregivers Kit. It features publications from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that explain how to manage a loved one’s money and protect seniors from scams.

And it also contains publications from the FDA’s Office of Women’s Health to keep track of medications and learn to use them safely. The kit is full of practical tips toe help caregivers.

Abby, thanks for sharing the free Family Caregivers Kit.

— Sarah Crane, Acting Director, Federal Citizen Information


Dear Ms. Crane:

Thank you for offering this important information to my readers.

It is important because accepting this kind of responsibility should not be done without fully understanding what it will entail.

The publications you sent to me — and will send to my readers — provide an illuminating overview of the responsibilities involved.

Readers, this year’s packet is not to be missed, particularly if you have aging relatives or a friend who might need you to handle his/ her affairs, even for a short period of time.

These booklets are free and include the “Managing Someone Else’s Money” series of publications, which cover Power of Attorney and Managing Trusts, Property and Benefits.

They are in an easy-to understand format.

Also included is a pamphlet on using medications wisely. Did you know that 125,000 people die each year because they didn’t take their medication as directed — and many more get sick because they didn’t properly follow the directions on the label?

Another pamphlet shares information on recognizing and avoiding health scams.

But wait! There’s more … You will also receive a copy of the 2014 Consumer Action Handbook, which contains not only information you need to make the best decisions about what you buy and the service providers you use but also a sample complaint letter to help you get results. To order this free kit, go to 

You can also order the kit by calling 888-878-3256 weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, or by writing: Family Caregivers Kit, Pueblo, CO 81009. Every household in the country should have this information on hand “just in case.” So order a kit for yourself and more to share.

— Love, Abby


Article in Florida Today


Florida Today Thursday March 20, 2014

Health section pg 5D


Need helping hand at home? It’s out there

ubsequent to a recent hospital stay, I rehabilitated at Health South Sea Pines Rehabilitation Hospital. I highly recommend hip replacement patients and stroke victims start the rehab process in a licensed facility because they receive more intense treatment.

At my discharge briefing, there were two others preparing to leave for home. One was a retired military man who lived alone but could fend for himself, while the other was a frail woman who could not.

When the discharge planner asked if anyone had a question, the woman said she was concerned about being able to cook.

When the subject of using the Meals on Wheels Program was raised, she was informed about a waiting list because of a lack of drivers. I mentioned using a nonskilled care assistance service such as Seniors Helping Seniors, one of several such providers in Brevard County.

Seniors Helping Seniors will come into your home as often as you want and do things such as cleaning, cooking meals, reminding you to take medications, taking you to doctor appointments and staying with you, among other things. The service is offered in a minimum block of two hours at a cost of $32 to $36, or about $500 a month. Compare that with a monthly cost of $4,000 to $5,000 a month in an assisted living facility.

To contact Seniors Helping Seniors, call 321-722-2999.

Consider a family living in New York that has a relative living locally who is in need of such services. All they need do is call Helping Seniors of Brevard County, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide information and education. They can be contacted at 321-473-7770. You can then talk to a counselor to develop a program to help your family member.

Providers such as Seniors Helping Seniors, a national franchise owned by a woman who worked for Mother Teresa for 10 years, and information and education providers such as Helping Seniors of Brevard are part of the solution.

Joe Steckler is a retired Navy captain and elder advocate in Brevard County. He does a weekly radio show, “Focus on Seniors,” on WMEL-AM (1300) and is president of Helping Seniors of Brevard County Inc.