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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SoFIA is proud to announce that our inaugural Senior Planet classes ended with nearly 20 new graduates. WLRN featured one such graduate in this story about how our innovative tech classes are doing more than teaching people how to use Facebook. Continue reading here.
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (August 1, 2018) – The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA), a non-profit dedicated to helping South Florida’s aging community thrive, has announced the following new officers for its board of directors: Chair Lynn Brewer; Vice Chair Todd Radosevich; Secretary Ed French; and Treasurer Jim Walker.
“It is an honor to have such distinguished business and community leaders on our board who will lend invaluable management and oversight experience to SoFIA’s operations and evolution,” said SoFIA President and CEO Peter Kaldes, Esq. “The combined talent these individuals bring in the areas of sales and marketing, accounting, community lending finance and revenue management is an asset to our organization.”
SoFIA hosted its second annual Caregiver Symposium presented by Sunshine Health and NSU on Friday, June 22nd, 2018 at Nova Southeastern University. The day consisted of a variety of panels, discussions and presentations focusing on areas from well-being, to caregiver policy, to healthcare. A host of panelists and speakers participated coming from the government, advocacy organizations, and health fields. Below are some of the highlights and videos of the event for those who were not able to attend.
Catherine Avgiris is chair of the policy council of the South Florida Institute on Aging. As a former EVP and CFO of Comcast Cable, she knows how beneficial an IT help desk is. But not everyone has access to those resources, which is why in this Sun Sentinel opinion she supports SoFIA's Senior Planet technology training program:
"A 2015 study by the Pew Research Center found that slightly more than one in four internet users who
are 65 or older feel very confident when using computers, smartphones or other electronic devices to do the things they need to do online.
The rest are at risk of living in a digital desert by no fault of their own. The pace of basic technology is so rapid that they can’t keep up with the evolving technological changes underway in our society. Everyday online tasks that are a breeze for younger generations, like booking an Uber, banking online, uploading résumés or searching for affordable housing are confusing for the elderly. This divide creates a troubling paradigm of social and economic isolation for older Americans."
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By Peter Kaldes, SoFIA CEO
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 National Population Projections, by 2035, older adults will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. Here in South Florida, it is estimated that nearly one in four people will be at least 65 years old by 2040.
As we age, we are living longer: the Social Security Administration projects that men and women reaching 65 this year, can live until the respective ages of 84 and 86. One out of every four will live past 90 and one in 10 will celebrate a 95th birthday.
The aging population will affect health care in the increasingly important role of caregiver. In a paper entitled “What is the Physician’s Responsibility to a Patient’s Family Caregiver?” published with his co-author Mark J. Yaffe, M.D., in the May 2014 issue of AMA Journal of Ethics, Dr. David Barnard noted five systemic factors contributing to the increase in adult family caregivers, which I have paraphrased below:
1. The shift toward outpatient care and deinstitutionalization;
2. Economic pressures for early hospital discharge;
3. Reliance on hospitalists who are less likely to be familiar with the home situation to which they will discharge a patient;
4. The patchwork of fragmented social programs for home care;
5. The low-pay, high-turnover nature of home health care which diminishes the likelihood of a stable home health care workforce.
To which I would add a sixth factor: the projected shortage of home health care aides and personal care aides in a field which will need to add 1.2 million workers between 2016 and 2026, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
CBS4's Rick Folbaum sat down with SoFIA CEO on upcoming Caregiver Symposium and discussed the changing needs of seniors: