Better Living for Seniors

BLS has numerous opportunities for smaller group interaction with its committees.  Members are encouraged to "shop around" and find the best fit for your time and talents.  The following committees are part of BLS:

  • Senior Resource 
  • Professional Development (one subcommittee: Professionals in Transition)
  • Membership
  • Communications
  • Falls Prevention
  • Elder Advocacy (two subcommittees: Mental Health & LGBT Elder Initiative)

Please scroll down to read about all of the committees.


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:

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.


Frank Pascoe


Cheri McKee


The BLS Professional Development (PRO DEV) Committee supports Educational events that provide growth and development opportunities to BLS members, students and the general public.  Monies raised from these events support a scholarship fund for nursing students at St Pete College and BLS initiatives.  We host the May BLS Consortium and it is  held each year at Mease Manor in Dunedin.  When not working on fund raising our newest goal is to network among ourselves to better understand how we each interact in our careers with seniors and what makes a good referral for each other.  We will continue to evolve as new members join this committee.  Visitors and those new to BLS are invited to attend our meetings to see if we are a good fit.  We are in search of members with enthusiasm, new ideas and those who want to contribute and get involved.

We meet the 4th Tuesday of every month at the AAAPP office:  9549 Koger Blvd, The Gadsden Bldg. Suite 100
 St Petersburg from 9:00 am – 10:00 (check the monthly calendar for any changes)

Chairperson                                                                    Vice-Chairperson
Pat Smoot                                                                       Tina Costa                                
727 656-5657                                                                 813 334-3472


BLS Professionals in Transition (PIT): This group offers support and assistance with job

search information for professionals in employment transition. This is not a committee. Members
are requested to refer individuals in transition or under-employed professionals to Ginny. Any
information regarding job openings is also appreciated.

Ginny Moore BLS Board Member, Director, Professionals in Transition (PIT)  or 727-644-7472


This committee oversees all activities that relate to the growth of the membership of the organization.

Responsibilities include:

- 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.

See Monthly Calendar for meeting date/time.

Candy Goodwin

Jay Marshall


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.


Trisha Randall



Dale Griffen






 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.



Carole Ware-McKenzie




Denise Seaman



There are two subcommittees under this new BLS Committee:  LGBT Elder Initiative and Mental Health.  Below is information on each.

LGBT Elder Initiative subcommittee

The subcommittee’s mission statement is:

“The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Elder Initiative builds bridges between 

the Elder Services market and the LGBT elder community 

in order to advocate, inform and educate on behalf of LGBT elders.”

All BLS members are invited to attend.  Guests/non-members are encouraged to visit our committee, as they are deciding about BLS membership.

Each month an educational topic will be presented as the focus of the meeting. Time for introductions, brainstorming and community announcements will be included.

Meetings are held monthly at the Area Agency on Aging offices.  Starting November, meetings will be the first Thursday of the month at 9:00 AM.

See monthly calendar for specific meeting date/times.

Joseph FX Smith, Chair


Helen King, Vice-Chair

727-570-9696 ext. 210



Mental Health subcommittee

The Mental Health subcommittee has been formed to advocate, educate and reduce the stigma of mental illness for all of our seniors who suffer from Mental Health issues. 


Our goal is to bring Mental Health issues for seniors out to the fore front using openness, compassion and understanding. We strive to break the silence and to put an end to the shame, guilt and stigma so commonly associated with Mental Health Issues for seniors and their families.

All BLS members are invited to attend.  Guests/non-members are encouraged to visit our committee, as they are deciding about BLS membership.

Each meeting will begin with introductions, networking & welcoming.

The committee members will help determine the committee’s focus and agenda for the future.


Meetings are held at the offices of Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc., 9549 Koger Blvd N #100, Saint Petersburg

at 10:00am on the 1st Friday of each month starting October 2, 2015.

See monthly calendar for specific meeting date/times.

Shelly Ballard, Chair or (both emails go to the same in-box)

727-417-6107 cell

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