SoFIA is launching SoFIA Fellows, a new program that will harness the power of an older workforce to help nonprofit organizations of South Florida achieve their missions while also providing older adults with an expanded social network, an increased sense of purpose, and updated workforce skills.
“For some older adults, retirement isn’t the answer while others may not be in a position to retire or even be able to find a job due to age discrimination,” said Peter Kaldes, President and CEO of the South Florida Institute on Aging. “Through SoFIA Fellows, they can continue to make a contribution to our community, ensure important civic engagement and sharpen workforce skills that contribute to economic security.”
The innovative program offers a 10-week training session followed by placement in an unpaid internship with area non-profits. SOFIA Fellows will enjoy ongoing networking opportunities and inclusion in an alumni job bank.
Instructors and community leaders will provide training on the fundamentals of nonprofits such as fundraising, board development and human resources as well as contemporary approaches to leadership, management and intergenerational workplaces.
The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) is proud to announce that it been awarded $97,585 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) Expanded Effect Quality of Life Grants cycle to support SofiaCare. Seven Grants were awarded nationally totaling $663,946. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Since the program’s inception, 3,153 grants totaling over $26 million have been awarded. Funding for this new pilot program of expansion grants was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL grant #90PRRC0002-01-01).
Do you know someone who is feeling a little lonely? Ever wonder how technology can help? Now's your chance. SoFIA has partnered with Intuition Robotics to bring digital companions to Florida for the first time. Sign up here to try out ElliQ, a digital companion for free. Read more about it here from the Sun Sentinel. And watch the video about ElliQ here:
Thank you Dateline Health's Dr. Fred Lippman for hosting SoFIA CEO Peter Kaldes and Senior Director, Kathy Leone. Watch here to learn all about SoFIA's efforts:
We think so. That is why we're expanding our technology courses to include as many older adult students as possible. If you know of someone who might need some help with technology, click here for more information. Also, thanks to South Florida Hospital News for publishing our CEO's view on this important topic. You can read more about it here.
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The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) will host the Aging in South Florida Symposium presented by AARP on Friday, June 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Huizenga College of Business at Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Avenue in Davie. The event, which is sponsored by AARP will take a closer look at the challenges for our aging population while presenting helpful resources and solutions to help people thrive as they age.
“Florida is now one of four states to earn AARP’s age-friendly designation, which makes it imperative that we live up to that standard and address the many social and economic concerns older adults in our communities face,” said Peter Kaldes, President and CEO of the South Florida Institute on Aging. “There are many people that can benefit from this symposium from business and governmental leaders to caregivers, educators and anyone who is concerned about an aging friend, relative or their own future.”
The symposium will cover a broad spectrum of hot-topic aging issues focused around four pillars: aging with purpose, caregiving, the economics of aging and LGBT senior advocacy.
SoFIA's mission is to improve economic and social insights and services to empower people as they age. We're grateful for Chris Farrell who wrote this recent piece about SoFIA's proposed incubator to launch businesses serving the oldest Americans, mostly by creating high-tech products for them. Entrepreneurs of all ages with a product or service for the aging market will be welcome, including those 50-plus with a startup idea. Read the article here. Let us know what you think of the idea here.
Our LGBT seniors deserve equal legal protections to age with dignity – they have no time to waste, writes Peter Kaldes, president and CEO of the South Florida Institute on Aging in this piece published in the Sun Sentinel and featured below:
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.”