Council’s Corner | Guest Columns

Authored by: Wendy Ford, President/CEO, Osceola Council on Aging

The Osceola Council on Aging and Osceola News-Gazette are collaborating to bring you the “Council’s Corner,” a monthly platform written by key employees of the Council on Aging to share our expansive offering of services and programs supporting low-income residents of Osceola County. Each month, we will educate readers on the council’s latest news, happenings and events, as well as highlighting the many opportunities for local residents to become involved in supporting the most vulnerable residents of our community.


September is National Preparedness Month
Tuesday, September 1 2020

With the recent scare of Hurricane Isaias, most Floridians are at least semi-prepared for Florida’s hurricane season. As we are now in the height of the 2020 hurricane phase, concluding Nov. 30, it is the perfect time to make those final arrangements to prepare for any and all of Mother Nature’s threats.

Accordingly, September is National Preparedness Awareness Month, so the ideal time to prepare for any tropical storms nearing our region.

To summarize, National Preparedness Month (NPM) is part of a governmental effort to strengthen the United States’ preparedness capabilities. Recognized each September, the initiative promotes prevention, protection and recovery efforts for both family and… READ MORE


August is National Immunization Awareness Month
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

With the ongoing media reporting and coverage of all things COVID-19, we are frequently hearing the latest progress reports from the pharmaceutical industry regarding their efforts to create a new vaccine in hopes of bringing an end to the COVID-19 virus.

With August recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month, it makes it an ideal time to speak to your healthcare provider about any vaccinations needed to help keep you and your family safe.

National Immunization Awareness Month is an annual observance held to call attention to the importance of immunizations for… READ MORE

 

 


July is recognized as Purposeful Parenting Awareness Month
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services declares each July as “Purposeful Parenting” Awareness Month.

The original focus for the purposeful parenting recognition was to emphasize the importance of open communication with our youth while supporting and rearing their need for independence.

Though, in recent years, the responsibilities and culture of purposeful parenting have evolved. As with many aspects of our evolving day-to-day culture, parenting roles have also taken on many different levels of caretaking and responsibility. As an example, we often see scenarios of… READ MORE


Council on Aging focused on restoring, stabilizing and strengthening families
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

As families across our country are working to manage the multiple changes in which the recent pandemic has brought to their lives, many are in the process of rebuilding what has been lost.

Some are mourning the loss of a job or loved one. Some are simply finding ways to survive. Whatever you are doing in building your family’s new normal, we hope the adjustment is becoming easier. As our fellow American families are focused on restoring life as they knew it, the Osceola Council on Aging (OCOA) is also focused on restoring, stabilizing, and strengthening families across Osceola County… READ MORE


Raising awareness for Older Americans Month in May
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

As the president and CEO of Osceola County’s largest social services organization, the Osceola Council on Aging, our team is continually focused on how to best serve Osceola’s senior population.

Though with the recent concerns related to COVID-19, specifically, the virus’s negative implications on our elder population, I felt it extremely important to highlight the council’s many healthcare related initiatives for this month’s guest column… READ MORE


April is National Volunteer Month
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

An entire month dedicated to honoring the millions of volunteers who support important needs and causes across this great country. Those amazing people, along with the many special volunteers our team is blessed to work with daily within the scope of the Osceola Council on Aging, and the local community of Osceola at large, we thank you immensely for your philanthropic time and service… READ MORE


March is National Nutrition Month 2020
Thursday, March 5, 2020

March is National Nutrition Month 2020, an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to raise awareness on the importance of nutritionally balanced diets for all ages and cultures; the importance of developing sound eating habits, while companioning physical activity to support overall strength and physical health.This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite.’” READ MORE


February is Heart Month and Eating Disorders Awareness Month
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

February is well known as Heart Month, a national initiative sponsored by the American Heart Association encouraging Americans to join the battle against cardiac disease.

However, February is also known for another important health issue, Eating Disorders Awareness Month, focused on raising awareness of the 20 million women and 10 million men who experience some type of eating disorder… READ MORE


Happy New Year from the Council on Aging!
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy New Year from the Osceola Council on Aging! As we turn our calendars to 2020, and prepare for the year ahead, we have exciting news for Osceola News Gazette readers. The Osceola Council on Aging and Osceola News-Gazette are collaborating to bring you the “Council’s Corner,” a monthly platform written by key employees of the Council on Aging to share our expansive offering of services and programs supporting low-income residents of Osceola County. Each month, we will educate readers on the council’s latest news, happenings and events, as well as highlighting the many opportunities for local residents to become involved in supporting the most vulnerable residents of our community… READ MORE