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Tallahassee agencies deliver goody bags to keep seniors active amid stay at home order

Posted at 6:29 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 18:29:55-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Advantage Aging Solutions and Elder Care Services are partnering to keep seniors in our community mentally and physically active during the coronavirus pandemic.

One of those ways is paints or puzzles to help combat some of the isolation that comes with social distancing.

For seniors, stay at home orders will continue through the rest of Phase One and Phase Two of Governor Ron DeSantis' plans to reopen.

Advantage Aging Solutions executive director Lisa Bretz says while seniors have several opportunities for social interaction online, it's important that they also keep their hands busy.

"The hands-on activities are really important, because we want the hands and want to mind and body working together," said Bretz. "And when we are stagnant we were just not be as productive, and we want people to say sharp, and their thinking to stay sharp, and their observations to stay sharp in their activities of daily living."

With donations from our community, they'll put together and delivering goody bags full of hands on activities for 500 homebound seniors in the Panhandle and Big Bend regions.

You can either drop off activities or make a monetary donation until the end of the month.

In Tallahassee/Leon County, collection boxes will be located at:

  • Area Agency on Aging for North Florida, 2414 Mahan Dr.
  • Elder Care Services, Inc., 2518 West Tennessee St.

To make donations in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla, & Washington counties, or for assistance with bulk donations, please call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337.

Additionally, any Floridians who would prefer to make a monetary contribution allowing the Area Agency on Aging to purchase items for the goody bags can call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337.

For further information on donations and distribution of senior-friendly Goody bags, please call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337.