The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA), a non-profit dedicated to helping South Florida’s aging community thrive, recently hosted the second annual SoFIA Celebrates presented by BB&T at the W Fort Lauderdale. The evening was an opportunity to reflect on the year’s successes, honor community leaders who are making a difference in the lives of older adults and unveil new partnerships.
“This past year was a momentous one for SoFIA, beginning with the announcement of our name change and a new mission focused strategically on socioeconomic concerns for seniors,” said SoFIA President and CEO Peter Kaldes, Esq. “We unveiled a wildly successful older adult technology training program called Senior Planet and we are planning a new partnership with SAGE later this year, which will focus on the unique needs of LGBTQ elders. The outcomes of our collaborative discussions on caregiving and aging issues also are leading us to develop more robust programing for older adults. We are proud of the strides made this year and excited about SoFIA’s future course.”
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We're delighted to share highlights from SoFIA Celebrates, which honored leaders and volunteers who help empower people to thrive as they age. Couldn't make it? Watch the video and checkout the program below:
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (December 3, 2018) – The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) will host the Second Annual SoFIA Celebrates presented by BB&T on Friday, February 8 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
“So much has happened in the past year since we announced our new mission,” said SoFIA President and CEO Peter Kaldes, Esq. “SoFIA’s think and act tank has drawn national attention and we delivered programs that directly impact the social and economic needs of area seniors. SoFIA Celebrates will turn the spotlight on others in the community who are doing so much to help empower people as they age.”
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (November 3, 2018) – The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) has announced a $75,000 grant from The Jim Moran Foundation which will support the non-profit organization’s caregiving and respite initiatives.
“Through the generous support of The Jim Moran Foundation, we are tackling the epidemic of loneliness that impacts the well-being and security of so many of our seniors,” said SoFIA President and CEO Peter Kaldes, Esq. “Just recently one of our senior companions was helping a woman with her mail and discovered an eviction notice. We were able to find the legal help to save the woman’s home. This donation will have a direct and meaningful impact on the lives of hundreds of local seniors.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (October 19, 2018) – The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA), a non-profit which creates planning and development strategies to deliver socio-economic support programs for South Florida seniors, has named Debbie Savage to its board of directors. Savage is founder and president of Responsive Home Care, a private duty home care agency exclusively serving Broward County.
“Debbie’s long-time commitment to the local community and her extensive experience advocating for quality senior care will greatly enrich SoFIA’s mission,” said SoFIA President and CEO Peter Kaldes, Esq. “Caregiving is a focal point at SoFIA, with five thriving senior caregiving programs currently in place. Debbie’s knowledge and skill sets will help strengthen and expand the caregiving and senior services we provide.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (October 17, 2018) – The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) is training Palm Beach seniors in how to use technology as the non-profit that has been serving Broward County seniors for more than 50 years delivers services within the county for the first time.
“It will take a regional approach to undertake the social research, advocate for the public policy and provide the programing that will help South Florida’s seniors thrive in a rapidly changing world,” said SoFIA President and CEO Peter Kaldes, Esq. “We are pleased to offer the award-winning Senior Planet program that trains seniors to use technology to improve and enhance their social and civic engagement as our first services to Palm Beach County seniors.”
The CW's Inside South Florida recently featured SoFIA and how it is innovating the services provided to seniors. Check out the video and article here.
WLRN featured SoFIA seniors as they confront housing and transportation struggles:
For Dorothy Gay, there was never any question that Broward was where she would retire. She was born in Pompano Beach and has spent her entire life here. But now that she's retired, it's not easy for the 77-year-old. She struggles to get by. "You know how you think you going to save a little here and a little there, but you didn't?" she said.
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