Fernandina Beach, Florida
Founded in 1974 by local citizens, the Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose goal is to maintain and enrich the lives of older citizens throughout Nassau County, Florida. NCCOA's programs enable those age 60 and older to live independently at home while also providing opportunities for companionship, and activities geared toward the needs of seniors. NCCOA is a resource for education, information, referral, counseling and general assistance.
NCCOA delivers critical services to Nassau County seniors in five major categories: Meals on Wheels, Home Health Services, NassauTRANSIT Transportation, Adult Day HealthCare and the two Senior Life Centers we operate: the East Nassau Center in Fernandina Beach, Florida and the West Nassau Center in Hilliard, Florida. In 2016, the organization served more than 2,484 members, provided 11,000 hours of respite care for the caregivers of loved ones suffering from dementia, delivered 36,246 meals to local senior citizens, and provided 46,000-plus hours of home health services.
The NCCOA also acts as an advocate for our senior citizens and works tirelessly to educate the community about aging issues and concerns. Our Geriatric Care Manager assists all Nassau County seniors, regardless of income, in navigating the often confusing maze of health care and social service programs.
The NCCOA coordinates available funding and volunteer resources to maximize choices for older adults and persons with disabilities. In addition, the NCCOA provides valuable information and assistance through our Low Vision Support Group, Hearing Loss Support Group and Caregivers Support Group.
As part of a national network of area agencies established under regulations for the Area Agency on Aging, we are funded by federal, state and local grants and from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the United Way, as well as through donations from companies and individuals like you.
"I appreciate what the Council on Aging is doing. My wife passed away about a year ago and I was very lonely without her. People at the Senior Center are very kind, very nice. We have a good time here and it gets my mind off of things." ~Fernandina Beach Senior Life Center Member Leon Garrett~
"The Senior Life Center gives me something to do. You don't know how important that is for people who don't work anymore -- I'd love to still be working. I come for the Bingo and I like to hear the speakers and the musicians." ~Fernandina Beach Senior Life Center Member Dr. James Gildenston.
"My mother loves to go to 'The Club' in the Adult Day HealthCare Program at the Council on Aging. The staff is a good fit for her. They are personable, friendly and compassionate. She is always greeted with a smile and always leaves with one." ~Greg Haddock, caregiver for his mother who suffers from dementia~
"As the daughter and caregiver for my Mama, age 93, with advanced dementia, I am absolutely filled with love for the wonderful care and socialization the Nassau County Council on Aging's team provides in its Adult Day HealthCare program." ~Suzanne McLeod, caregiver for her mother who suffers from dementia~
"Both my husband and I are disabled because of heart problems and diabetes. We live on Social Security and not much else. We don't have a car anymore and it's hard to get to the grocery store. I don't know what we would do if we didn't have the Council on Aging deliver meals to us." ~Linda Wade, Meals on Wheels and Soup Train recipient~
The Nassau County Council on Aging's mission is to enhance the lives of older adults through services and compassionate care designed to improve the health, independence and economic security of Nassau County, Florida seniors and their families.