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A GLANCE BACK AND ANTICIPATING TOMORROW

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by EDITH SCHAFFER LEDERBERG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER OF BROWARD COUNTY

In August of 1977, as a recent transplant from Long Island, New York, I accepted a position as Community Coordinator with the Area Agency on Aging of Broward County. As a teacher and public relations consultant, I sensed that the job and its responsibilities would be an interesting challenge! My dedication to seniors also was a major factor in my decision making process.

Over the past 37 years, Broward’s year-round elder population has swelled from 137,000 to close to 382,000! My job became that of Executive Director in 1986. Since then, the challenges associated with the position have augmented tremendously. Today, as I recall the early years, when governmental funding was ample and fl owing, I marvel as the staff ’s abilities to stretch their time and talents toward accomplishing positive results for those in need.

The Board, Advisory Council, and Projects are partners who constantly strive to benefit Senior Browardians. As the “Older Old” population swells into the 90’s and 100’s, history is writing new pages that describe novel methodologies for maintaining older persons in their accustomed environments, thereby avoiding premature nursing home placement.

I invite people to join my personal quest for positive answers to the aging dilemma, for no one can, or should walk the path to success alone. Contributing fi nancially to the Aging and Disability Resource Center is a help, contacting leg islators, on the local, state, and national levels to seek increased appropriations is a bonus; and recognizing that what once was a sandwich generation, now is a double or triple decker menu item, is a leap into the recipe of hope for humanity. •


Senior Information Available
The new 2015 Directory of Community Resources contains over 355 pages of updated information that provides one-stop shopping regarding programs and services for elder residents of Broward County. It is a valuable tool for those seeking data pertinent to aging. The Directory is available for $25 a copy if picked up at the administrative offices of the Aging and Disability Resource Center; 5300 Hiatus Road in Sunrise, FL 33351. Mailing is available for $30 per Directory. Checks should be made payable to: Areawide Council on Aging and sent to the above listed address. The 2015 Aging and Disability Resource Center’s Information of Services Brochure is available. There is no charge for the brochure if it is picked it up at the center. For those who wish the brochure mailed, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the above listed address. For further information, please call 954-745-9567.

 

 

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