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

Council on Aging to manage St. Cloud Pantry
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Osceola County has more than 20 food pantries, spanning from Poinciana to the St. Cloud region of Osceola County. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw an increase in nonprofit agencies and churches offering pantries in our community, including Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Solid Rock Church of God, the Calvary Assembly of God, Church and Community Assistance Program (CCAP), the Salvation Army of Osceola County and the Hope Partnership program who distributed food to the community.

Additionally, the Osceola Council on Aging (OCOA) also hosts a community pantry located on our main campus at 704 Generation Point… READ MORE

OCOA offers energy-saving weatherization program
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Whether it be our Central Florida hurricane season, the extensive rainy summer months or simply when temperatures outside rise or drop below normal, the Osceola Council on Aging (OCOA) wants to make sure residents of our community are safe and secure in their homes. To support that process, the OCOA, along with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, hosts a Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) for residences owned and occupied by low-income families, the disabled, Veterans, and the elderly residing in both Osceola and Orange… READ MORE

Council serves Osceola’s Hispanic community in many ways
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

We are at the midpoint of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated across our nation Sept. 15- Oct. 15. With millions of Latinos living in the U.S., and Osceola County having nearly 207,000 residents of Hispanic and/or Latino descent, representing 56 percent of our population, we felt it important to highlight our interest in National Hispanic Heritage Month.

With the Osceola Council on Aging (OCOA) the largest social services organization within our community, it stands to reason much of our client… READ MORE


Happy 50th Anniversary to the Osceola Council on Aging
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Happy 50th Anniversary to the Osceola Council on Aging (OCOA). I am thrilled to be at the helm of this amazing organization during such a memorable anniversary. We have had much success over the decades so it would be difficult to call attention to all our programs, so I want to highlight those which have achieved the greatest impact for residents of the Osceola County community. Our focus is to provide exemplary services enabling independence and self-sufficiency for seniors and disabled adults, though our organization could not have accomplished these successes without such… READ MORE


August is National Immunization Awareness Month
Wednesday, August 5, 2021

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 everyone, from… READ MORE

Food assistance programs provide to Osceola County
Thursday, July 7, 2021

The Osceola Council on Aging (OCOA) has been providing food assistance programs to the Osceola community for more than 50 years. As our community has grown in population, the need for expanded nutritional assistance services has followed that same trend. In 1971, the Council began delivering meals to homebound seniors as part of our basic food assistance outreach services; in 1975 our organization became a designated Meals on Wheels (MOW) provider. Additionally, we began offering congregate meal services through our Dining Club while implementing a local Food Pantry. Presently, the OCOA supports more than 2,000 Osceola households, annually, with expansive nutritional assistance… READ MORE

Osceola Council on Aging going strong 50 years later; Mercedes fundraiser begins this summer
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Entering its 50th year, the Osceola Council on Aging (OCOA) is the largest social services organization in Osceola County providing an expansive array of social programs to meet the many needs of area residents.

Though our name implies services for just the elderly, our scope of support extends to families, disabled adults and the disadvantaged. Our hope is, if we can better support our seniors and/or local families in need, they will manage and cope with future crises and financialREAD MORE

Older Americans, Mental Health Awareness Month
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The month of May is designated as both Older Americans Month and Mental Health Awareness Month.

With these two designations important to the many seniors across our country as well as community residents who depend on the Osceola Council on Aging (OCOA), we felt it important to observe both designations involving agerelated needs and wellness initiatives for the Osceola… READ MORE

April is National Minority Health Month
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM), a nationwide initiative to address the health needs of minorities in the United States, including Hispanics, Asians, African Americans and Native Americans.

The goal of NMHM is to help eliminate the disproportionate strain of premature death and preventable illness and disease in minority populations. The expansive, annual initiative is managed nationally and executed through prevention, early detection, healthcare management and control of… READ MORE

March for Meals to raise awareness of senior hunger set for Saturday, March 13
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

February is National Senior Independence Month
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

How do we move forward from 2020?
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Want a chance to win a Subaru Outback?
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Here’s what to know about the Barney E. Veal Center
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

September is National Preparedness Month
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

April is National Volunteer Month
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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

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

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