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JLF collects more than 80 boxes of new items for charity during Senior Collection Drive

IMG_3173Just Like Family Home Care, a family-owned home care company servicing seven Southwest Florida counties, collected more than 80 boxes of items for St. Matthews House and Goodlette Arms during the company’s 2nd Annual Senior Collection Drive. Just Like Family Home Care organized the Senior Collection Drive throughout the month of May in recognition of Senior Citizens Month.

“First and foremost, our goal with this collection drive is to raise awareness about seniors in need in Southwest Florida and once again this community exceeded all of my expectations,” says Elisabeth Nassberg, co-owner of Just Like Family Home Care. “People recognized the need we have and I’m so thankful the drive was such a success. We are able to give the St. Matthews House and Goodlette Arms everything they need to get them through a typically very slow time of year.”

Drop off locations were set up at more than 20 businesses throughout Lee and Collier County. New items collected included socks, shampoo, pajamas, games, glasses, sweaters, blankets, stamps, wheelchairs, walkers, medical supplies and personal hygiene items.

The drive was successful due to partnerships with businesses that served as drop off locations: AAA, Abracadabra, Avant Garde, Fitness for Life, Hanger, Exquisite, Saladworks, Arbor Glen, Barrington Terrace, The Carlisle, Lely Palms Retirement Community, Nurse On Call, Terracina Grand, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Barrington Terrace, Citrus Gardens, Life Care of Estero, Senior Home Care, Shell Point, and The Terraces at Bonita Springs.

If your business is interested in being a drop off spot for the 3rd Annual Senior Drive Collection, please contact Just Like Family Home Care directly at 239.431.6661 or visit jlfservices.com.

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Celebrating our Seniors

This May we are celebrating Senior Citizens at Just Like Family Home Care as May is Senior Citizens Month. The history of Senior Citizens Month goes back half of a century.

According to the Administration on Aging, when Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthdays. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing, however. In April of 1963, President John F. Kennedy’s meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens served as a prelude to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month.”

Thanks to President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 designation, what was once called Senior Citizens Month, is now called “Older Americans Month,” and has become a tradition.

Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since JFK has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month ofMay asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the Coun
try through ceremonies, events, fairs and other such activities.

The older population–persons 65 years or older–numbered 39.6 million in 2009 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 12.9% of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. People 65+ represented 12.4% of the population in the year 2000 but are expected to grow to be 19% of the population by 2030. 

At Just Like FamiImagely, we see the growth first hand and we know many of our local Seniors are in need of more than just caregivers. They need everyday toiletries, clothing, cards and more. Join us Wednesday May 14 from 5-7:30 p.m. for a Celebrity Bartender Night at Noodles Italian Cafe & Sushi Bar in Naples to celebrate Senior Citizens Month. A $20 donation at the door will provide you with a drink ticket and food.