SENIOR RESOURCE COMMITTEE
The Senior Resource Committee works to actively promote The Helpline and its resources to caregivers, elders and aging network professionals. There are two ways you can help us do that. The first way is to encourage eligible companies to register with The Helpline through the online guide so they can be used as referrals for callers who need their service. The second way is to sponsor refrigerator magnets that will feature not only your company name, but The Helpline number in bold font. These magnets are affordable, will be processed in quantities of 1,000 and handed out at health fairs, marketing visits, networking events, etc. Please call Cheri McKee at 727-683-1422 to order magnets today. To register your business for The Helpline follow this link: http://www.agingcarefl.org/how-to-be-listed-in-the-helpline-database/
As a special project, The Senior Resource Committee assists with The Elves for Elders Program. The purpose of Elves is to provide gifts for those who might otherwise be forgotten during the holidays. Elves connect gift givers with seniors who are less fortunate wards of the court or case managed. Trees are placed in local retail and business offices with tags on them for each senior. Members of the community are able to take a tag and fill a bag with the desires of the elder. Senior Resource Committee members are asked to assist with placing a tree in a specified location, identifying additional locations, working with the locations’ staff to retrieve filled bags and to help sort and
complete the bags at The Sunshine Center prior to pick up by the guardians/case workers.
The Senior Resource Committee meets on the 3rd Thursday of every other month (even months) at the AAA, usually at 3:00p.m.
See Monthly Calendar for meeting date/time.Chairperson
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
1) Host the Annual Quarterly Breakfast Consortium, May 9, 2014, Mease Dunedin
2) Present 1 Continuing Education Event (CEU) event for members and non members in
coordination with SPC College
3) Award 2- $1000 SPC RN student nursing scholarships with proceeds from educational event in
addition to an award to AAA and the Victim Assistance Program
Two sub-groups (not committees) that extend additional educational benefits to members:
BLS Professionals in Transition (PIT):This is a support group & job search info for professionals
in job transition. This is not a committee. Members are requested to refer individuals in
transition and share job openings with Ginny.
Chair Sub-group, Professionals in Transition (PIT)
See Monthly Calendar for meeting dates/times.
This committee oversees all activities that relate to the growth of the membership of the organization.
- Assisting with the administration and tracking of membership and payment of dues;
- Handling registration and collection of donations and non-member/guest fees at BLS events;
- Welcoming new members through the Ambassadors Program;
- Coordinating New Member receptions;
- Reporting changes in the industry in the BUGLE;
- Selecting and interviewing members for the Member Spotlight in the BUGLE; and
- Assisting with the annual Member of the Year Awards.
The Ambassador program and New Member receptions are designed to welcome new members into the organization. Ambassadors are available to answer questions and provide helpful information to making the most of membership for new members.
The Communications Committee is responsible for the creation and production of The BUGLE Newsletter, a publication of BLS. This committee is also responsible for the content and maintenance of this website. All Social Media efforts for BLS, including photos of major events, also falls under Communications. Additionally we maintain the Events Calendar and e-mail blasting of events. Our meetings are the last Wednesday of each month at 10:30am in The Go! Agency offices located at 1301 Seminole Blvd, Suite 128, Largo FL 33770.
If you are interested in any of our Communication Committee efforts we would welcome you to attend our monthly meetings.
See Monthly Calendar for meeting date/time.
FALLS PREVENTION COMMITTEE
The Falls Prevention Coalition (Committee) is part of The Falls Free Coalition, organized by the National Council on Aging’s Center for Healthy Aging. This is a collection of national organizations and state coalitions working to reduce the growing number of falls and fall-related injuries among older adults.
Our committee attempts to address the four fall risk factors identified by the National Council on Aging:
1. Physical Mobility – We promote and participate in "A Matter of Balance" with presentations and educational materials provided by members. We offer free health screenings to identify multiple causes of balance issues, and promote other exercise programs like Tai Chi.
MMMedications Management – We offer free individual and panel presentations at multiple venues throughout the community, providing access to medical professionals and service providers.
Ho Home Safety – We educate the public on safe homes and disseminate the Falls Free brochures, offering free in-home assessments by professionals and service providers.
Env Environmental Safety – We seek members who can affect change in our community regarding public safety and include them in community events.
Additionally, we further educate and empower seniors through our Senior Advisory Council. Here, we invite their participation through shared concerns and suggestions for educating their peers.
Our intergenerational Senior Cell Phone Safety Project brings cell phones (donated, collected and cleaned by students) to seniors who live alone, and have no cell phone or medical alert device. This project supports the Area Agency on Aging's Senior Victim Advocate Safety Cell Phone Project. A
See Monthly Calendar for meeting dates/times.