April 4, 2022 | Monthly News & Updates
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Senior Companion program receives $100K in funding

"Osceola County is home to more than 50,000 residents ages 65 and older, and these numbers are growing rapidly, making our Senior Companion Program an essential resource that focuses on the well-being of our senior population," said Wendy...

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New St. Cloud Community Action Site Now Open
Our new St. Cloud Community Action Site is now open! Food Pantry and Community Actions Services will be available.

We will be open for donations Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Food Pantry Thursday from 9:30 - 11:30am

Volunteers Welcomed!
Our 2021 Annual Report is Now Available
Check out our newest annual report for 2021!

Discover what we've been able to accomplish and the tremendous impact we've spread throughout Osceola County.

None of this would be possible without the help of our donors, partners, and all the members of our wonderful community. We simply can't thank you enough for your continued support. We look forward to making 2022 yet another fantastic year!

CLICK HERE to download report
Congratulations to the 2022 "Woman Warrior" Award Winners
In honor of Women's History Month, Osceola County recognized five women for their positive contributions to the community.

Among those recognized was our very own Wilda Belisle! For 24 years Wilda has steered the Osceola Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program to make it into a successful and nationally recognized program. We celebrate her with our community for her 25 years of commitment that no senior will go hungry. Congratulations Wilda, we love you!
Weatherization Services Available in Osceola & Orange Counties
The Osceola Council on Aging’s Weatherization Program helps low-income seniors and families in Osceola and Orange Counties to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient by performing energy efficiency checks, and repair or replacement of insulation, doors, windows, water heaters, heating units, air conditioning and more, as allowed by program guidelines. This service is FREE to qualifying low-income households.
Household Size - Max Monthly income
1 - $2,831
2 - $3,815
3 - $4,798
4 - $5,781
5 - $5,411
** Must provide: FLA. ID (Adults), All Household SS Card(s), Birth Certificates of minors, All Proof of Household Income, Proof of Home Ownership, Last 2 Electric Bills and Proof of Disability (if applicable).

If you're feeling forgetful, it could be due to a lack of sleep or a number of other reasons, including genetics, level of physical activity and lifestyle and environmental factors. However, there's no doubt that diet also plays a role in brain health.
The best menu for supporting memory and brain function encourages good blood flow to the brain — much like what you'd eat to nourish and protect your heart. Research is finding the Mediterranean Diet may help keep aging brains sharp, and a growing body of evidence links foods such as those in the Mediterranean diet with better cognitive function, memory and alertness.

Eat your veggies
You're not likely to forget this message. Getting adequate vegetables, especially cruciferous ones including broccoli, cabbage and dark leafy greens, may help improve memory. Try a kale salad or substitute collard greens for a tortilla in your next sandwich wrap. Broccoli stir-fry also is an excellent option for lunch or dinner.

Be sweet on berries and cherries
Berries — especially dark ones such as blackberries and blueberries, as wells as cherries — are a source of anthocyanins and other flavonoids that may support memory function. Enjoy a handful of berries or pitted cherries for a snack, mixed into cereal or baked into an antioxidant-rich dessert. You can reap these benefits from fresh, frozen or dried berries and cherries

Get adequate omega-3 fatty acids
Essential for good brain health, omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, in particular, may help improve memory. Seafood, algae and fatty fish — including salmon, bluefin tuna, sardines and herring — are some of the best sources of the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA. Substitute fish for other meats once or twice a week to get a healthy dose. Grill, bake or broil fish for ultimate flavor and nutrition. Try salmon tacos with red cabbage slaw, snack on sardines or enjoy seared tuna on salad greens for dinner. If you don't eat fish, discuss other food options or supplementation with your doctor or registered dietitian nutritionist. You can get DHA omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, seaweed or microalgae supplements.

Work in walnuts
Well known for a positive impact on heart health, walnuts also may improve cognitive function. Snack on a handful of walnuts to satisfy midday hunger, add them to oatmeal or a salad for crunch or mix them into a vegetable stir-fry for extra protein.

While there's no guarantee that these foods will help you remember where you put your keys tomorrow, over time they can support lifelong good health.
April Calendar Dates:

  • April 1st - April Fools' Day
  • April 15th - Good Friday
  • April 17th - Easter
  • April 22nd - Earth Day

*Due to COVID-19 all regularly scheduled meetings are being held virtually by Zoom. For more information on meetings contact Janice Casler at [email protected]

Thursday, April 21st: Finance Committee - 12:00pm

Wednesday, April 27th: Executive Committee - 3:00pm / Board of Directors - 3:30pm
Thank you to all of our donors. We are not able to get a photo of every donor but we thank you all the same.

We are so fortunate to have had so many of you reach out to us asking how you can help and what you can do to ensure our community is well cared for. As an essential business we provide meals and other services to members of the community in need. Your donations are more critical now than ever to ensure they continue to receive these services during this unprecedented time.

Our greatest needs are contributions, both monetary and grocery items, for our community food pantry. We are trying to keep up with the new demand and increasing needs to feed the community. Leveraging your monetary donations allows us to stretch your dollars to serve even more individuals.

Thank You!