What We Do:
Need Help? Call 321-437-7770. Our Senior Information Helpline has served 1800+ cases to date. More than a referral, Helping Seniors takes problems through solution.
We provide education and encouragement va our comprehensive media outreach providing information and education to promote quality of life for seniors.
Senior Advocacy – Our Senior Advocacy Council, composed of community volunteers and team members, tracks topics of interest to the nearly 50% of Brevard County 50+ population.
Why We Help:
Helping Seniors of Brevard
To inform. To educate. To connect.
Who We Are:
It’s inevitable, we are all going to become one of the largest demographic segments in America today…a senior citizen. In Brevard County alone, seniors account for 1 in 4 people. That number is growing daily and this shift makes it clearly evident how important and necessary charting the right path will be. Our aging community is faced with many seniors that cannot afford healthcare and insurance while providing for basic living needs. As rising costs inhibit people from saving money for future contingencies, we must adapt to ensure a continuum of care and ability to age with dignity. Priorities change, so also must programs and funding mechanisms.
Joe Steckler, after serving as a Naval Officer for 30 years with his last assignment being the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Naval Retirement Home, went on to work 20 years in Brevard’s elder care system. During that time, he worked to found and develop the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation. He also created many programs to help people including the first Americorps Project Elderserve, State of Florida RELIEF Program, Robert Wood Johnson Interfaith Respite Coalition, three dementia care centers and a $2 million endowment.
Joe, now for 12 years, has been using his experience by forming the nonprofit organization entitled Helping Seniors of Brevard County, Inc. in 2011. He opened the organization’s first office, in Rockledge, bringing on board an information specialist for case management and a marketing professional and, today, that has grown into a 5,600 sq ft Senior Resource Center that is being established in 2023. Since then, Kerry Fink, who has served as Marketing & Media Director since Joe established our non-profit, has stepped up into the role of Executive Director, and brought on board Nancy Deardorff to staff as Operations Director – who brings 33 years Registered Nurse experience and following her services from the inception of the non-profit (and before, at Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation) as a Board Member. Helping Seniors of Brevard has recruited top-notch subject matter expert Board members, received a grant of donated office space, developed a large senior database and website, and secured national and local financial support. In addition, extensive media efforts have been developed including newspaper columns, magazine publications, weekly radio programs, and already nearly 300 TV shows you can view on cable or online on demand.
Unlike other agencies helping seniors, Helping Seniors of Brevard’s vision reaches further to ensure all Seniors in Brevard County are connected with valuable information that is important and specifically tailored to provide individual benefits. With this connectivity, it will help stamp out the fear and confusion that aging oftentimes brings with it.
We invite you to explore this website for information on our outbound media programs, and our Senior Advocacy efforts, as well as connecting with us on Social Media – be it Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram. And, we invite you to get involved – as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, we depend on the assistance of friends and business partners who do care about our area seniors. Thank you, for your interest in Helping Seniors of Brevard.