Endorsed by both the Tallahassee City Commission
and the Leon County Board of Commissioners in 2001, the Positive
Aging Community Project—previously known as Elder Ready Community
Project–works to create an environment for seniors, caregivers and
families that encourages independence and the opportunity to age in
place–with dignity, security and purpose.
Local Governments Work Together for Seniors
Commissioner Bill Proctor joins Mayor John Marks
and Kim Lindsay, with the Department of Elder Affairs Communities
for a Lifetime initiative, in recognition of the achievements
Tallahassee-Leon County has made towards the Positive Aging
Community Project. The focus of this project is to create an
environment for seniors, caregivers and families that encourages
independence and the ability to age in place – with dignity,
security, and purpose. The recognition ceremony was held May 19,
2006 at the Tallahassee Senior Center.
Resources and senior-relevant information printed in Active
Living magazine in the Tallahassee Democrat.
Senior Outreach program established in four rural communities.
Senior Services satellite programming at Smith-Williams Community
Inventories available for distribution on many topics of interest
to seniors on Resource Cards.
Increased availability of caregiver services offered in
partnership with Alzheimer’s Project of Tallahassee.
Networking Expos and Luncheons connecting senior services and
professionals in specific areas of interest, i.e. faith leaders,
caregivers, first responders.
Broader variety of and increased number of partnerships, i.e.
life long learning, recreation.
Inventory of senior-friendly amenities available in faith-based
Partnership with the Council of Neighborhoods Association (CONA)
Tallahassee-Leon County Community Demographics and Trends
Tallahassee was listed as one of six retirement “hotspots” by
Consumer Reports Money Advisor within the next 10 years.
In Leon County, the number of people age 65 and older will
increase from 19,891 in 2000 to 43,024 in 2025, representing a 116%
increase. (University of Florida, Bureau of Economic and Business
According to the 2000 Census, 8.3% of Leon County's population was
age 65 or older. By 2030, it is projected that 16.3 % of Leon County
residents will be older than 65.
29% of people in T-LC are already seniors, baby boomers or
caregivers (age 45 and older).
Between 2005 and 2030, the overall population of Leon County may
grow by 1.4 percent annually, while the population age 65 to 79 will
grow by 6.5 percent a year. The population of those older than 80
will grow at a rate of 5.9 percent a year.
90% of T-LC seniors are well and independent with no mobility or
self-care limitations, making the Senior Center and its satellite
sites vital services in helping individuals stay well and connected
to their community.
…Creating a Community for a Lifetime
PAC Leadership Team
Ken Brummel-Smith, M.D.
Jacquelyn Lloyd, M.D.
Positive Aging Community Purpose
Beginning in February 2005 the Positive Aging Community (PAC)
leadership team reviewed the work completed since 2001 and
prioritized areas they feel are most important. The top three
priorities of the team are transportation, medical services and
To meet the challenge of making our community senior-friendly and
boomer-ready, the PAC team enlists the partnerships of area
professionals in their fields of expertise and identifies ways to
fill gaps of service to seniors. They must determine what can be
accomplished with existing resources, what needs new and/or
additional resources, what is short-term and what is long-term, and
who can help.
Through the work that has been done, awareness of senior issues
has been raised, especially to people and professionals beyond the
aging network. But there is much more work to be accomplished.
Making a community senior-friendly enhances all other programs and
services. Ultimately, the project should be positioned to play a
major role in influencing government and business decisions in
regard to issues which impact senior services and quality of life.
Some Goals and Objectives
Educating seniors, caregivers and their families about available
senior-friendly services and activities in the community.
Producing senior resource guides on essential and quality of life
programs available in the community.
Reporting to the City and County Commissions the gaps in services
that create barriers to independence.
Increasing awareness in City and County departments to consider
senior-friendliness in future plans and retrofitting existing
Recognizing neighborhood associations for their efforts to become
more senior-friendly by working with the Council of Neighborhoods
Encouraging and educating faith-based organizations to help keep
their senior members involved in their congregations.
Training businesses to be more accessible and affordable to senior
customers, and more available to older workers.
Playing a major role in influencing government decisions in regard
to senior issues in our community.
A partnership between Tallahassee Senior Citizens Foundation and
Alzheimer’s Project of Tallahassee
The Alzheimer’s Project of Tallahassee (APT) is a non-profit
organization that coordinates trained volunteers who go to the homes
of Alzheimer’s patients and stay with them. This allows their
caregivers some time outside the home to run errands, attend
doctor’s appointments, connect with friends, exercise, or simply
rest. Known as respite care, APT’s services are free of charge.
Located at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1700 North
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
Through a partnership with the Tallahassee Senior Citizens
Foundation, APT works cooperatively with Senior Services to provide
additional respite, volunteer services and outreach for caregivers
in the Tallahassee-Leon County community. Under this agreement, the
following services and benefits result from this partnership.
Increased in-home and support group respite services for
Priority Respite Care for Senior Services participants.
Additional caregiver and volunteer training, management and
Increased access to counseling services, case assessment and case
management for caregivers and Alzheimer’s victims.
Linking caregivers and Alzheimer’s victims with “Project
Lifesaver,” offered by Alzheimer’s Project of Tallahassee in
partnership with Leon County Sheriff’s Office.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Respite care available at no cost.
Call the Senior Center for a current schedule.
For all caregivers, caring for someone with a chronic illness, such
as dementia, heart disease, Parkinson's or stroke can be stressful
physically, emotionally and financially. Powerful Tools for
Caregivers is an educational program designed to provide caregivers
with the tools you need to take care of yourself while you're caring
for someone else. The program consists of six weekly 2 1/2 hour
sessions. Call 891-4003 for more information, to pre-register or to
arrange for respite care.
Support Group for Caregivers
At Alzheimer’s Project of Tallahassee
2nd Monday, 6-7:30 p.m., dinner provided; respite room available
1st, 3rd and 4th Tuesday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., lunch provided; respite
This is an informal gathering where participants laugh, cry, share
experiences, ideas and practical advice. The group leader has a
Master’s degree in counseling and psychology, and is specially
trained to work with Alzheimer’s patients and their families.
Respite care for the Alzheimer’s patient is offered during the
Support Group, free of charge, with 24-hour advanced notice.