St. Augustine Woman's Journal - Educational Resource to the Women of St. Johns County Since 2009

By Susan Johnson
Communications Coordinator Council on Aging 

Got a Minute?


February 1, 2017 | View PDF

A lot can happen in a minute. For example: 250 babies are born every minute; lightning strikes the Earth 6,000 times every minute; there are 5 earthquakes every minute and Americans eat 21 thousand slices of pizza every single minute. (Yep, you read that right!) That's what the statistics say, anyway.

The statistics also say that, if you add just six seconds to that minute, someone in the United States will develop Alzheimer's disease. Every time. Every sixty-six seconds. That's one reason why Council on Aging Executive Director Becky Yanni has made addressing the issues of memory loss, dementia and caregiver support a priority in our community.

Why is adult day care so important when we talk about dementia care? Well, we're not eating all that pizza alone! The truth is, we all need the company of others to whom we can relate and with whom we feel comfortable. Socialization is crucial to quality of life at any age, no matter our particular issues. Every one of us is of value, each of us has gifts to give, and all of us have a desire to feel useful. A professional, licensed, adult day care center provides all that and more. There are specially designed activities and exercises that focus on stimulation while encouraging a sense of accomplishment; there are field trips and parties and a rhythm and routine that give the participants a feeling of security and comfort.

The COA welcomes all those who are interested in learning more about Adult Day Care for those with memory loss, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias to call us at (904) 209-3674 any Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm. Ask questions, access resources or schedule a visit to one of our adult day care centers. The Sunshine Center, located at 180 Marine St. in downtown St. Augustine or the Ponte Vedra Adult Day Care Center, located at 1048 A1A North in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Sixty-six seconds. Just enough time to make a phone call. Because a lot can happen in a minute!

(904) 209-3674

Susan Johnson is the Communications Coordinator for the Council on Aging, 180 Marine St., the host of "The Joe and Susan Show" Thursday mornings at 8am on 102.1 FM WFOY, and the editor of gus! magazine, a publication of the COA, and the St. Augustine Record. She can be reached by phone at (904) 209-3700 or by e-mail to [email protected]


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