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Council on Elder Affairs

COEA logoMission:  The Council on Elder Affairs is established to serve as an advocate for the elderly in the City, to the governmental agencies responsible for the various plans and programs designed to help the elderly.  To assist in the implementation of plans and programs selected by regional organizations, as they relate to the City and its elderly.  To designate priorities among programs developed in the City by public, nonprofit and private providers concerning the elderly.

Members:  The Council on Elder Affairs is a countywide body representative of all of the elderly people of Duval County. This Council consists of 19 members, five appointed by the mayor and one appointed by each of the 14 district City Council members. Members must be at least 55 years old and cannot be employed by any government entity or a provider of services to the elderly.

Age-Friendly Jacksonville Initiative:  The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities serves as a catalyst to educate local leaders (both elected officials and engaged residents) and encourage them to implement the types of changes that make communities more livable for people of all ages, especially older adults.  AFJ.png

The City of Jacksonville Council on Elder Affairs is spearheading the Age-Friendly Jacksonville Initiative.  As our population continues to age, we now have more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 17.  On February 23, 2021, Mayor Lenny Curry proclaimed Jacksonville an Age-Friendly City.  On April 19, 2022, AARP officially enrolled the City of Jacksonville into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities (NAFSC), and we are 45th community in Florida!  Jacksonville is a prime example of a community that recognizes the importance of being an age-friendly city and by joining the AARP's network of Age-Friendly Communities, Jacksonville will continue to pave the way for our senior population to thrive as they age.  COEA will conduct a community needs assessment, focus groups, listening sessions and host a press release including older residents in all stages of the age-friendly planning and implementation process in 2024.

For more information on Age-Friendly Livable States and Communities:
AARP.org/livable and/or AARP.org/livable-scribe
Point of contact for information on the Age Friendly Jacksonville Initiative:  Carrence Bass cbass@coj.net by phone: 904-255-5413.

Meeting Schedule:  The Council On Elder Affairs meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday at 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at City Hall, 117 W. Duval Street, 1st Flr, Lynwood Roberts Room, Jacksonville, FL  32202 . Requests for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should be made to the Disabled Services Division two to three business-days prior to the meeting at (904) 255-5466 or email karat@coj.net. The public is encouraged to attend. Please contact the office prior to the day of the meeting to confirm time and location as changes can occur from time to time.

The following dates are the Council on Elder Affairs scheduled General Council meetings for the 2024 year:
  • No Meeting
  • February 28, 2024 - NO GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING  (Annual Training and Strategic Planning for Meeting for members)
  • March 27, 2024
  • April 24, 2024
  • May 22, 2024
  • June 26, 2024
  • July 24, 2024
  • August 28, 2024 
  • September 25, 2024
  • October - No Meeting
  • November - No Meeting
  • December Annual Training/Planning Workshop - TBD
Advocacy work by COEA is accomplished through committees:  ALL MEETINGS ARE POSTPONED UNTIL AFTER 1ST GENERAL COUNCIL MEETINGS OF THE YEAR. The following dates are the Council on Elder Affairs committee meetings.  Meetings are held monthly 10:00 am – 11:00 am.  Dates, times, and sub-groupings are subject to change based on Chair/Council, Initiatives, and City priorities.  Meetings are held at City Hall, St. James Building, 117 W. Duval Street, Conference Room C, 3RD Floor, Jacksonville, FL  32202.  Please contact the office at cbass@coj.net prior to the day of the meeting to confirm time and location of committee meetings as cancellations and changes can occur from time to time.  

 
2024 Neighborhoods and Transportation Health and Wellness Legislation and Public Safety Resources and Technology Age-Friendly General Council
  1st Wednesday 2nd Wednesday 3rd Wednesday 2nd Tuesday 3rd Tuesday 4th Wednesday
February 2/7 2/14 2/21 2/14 2/21 2/28
March 3/6 3/13 3/20 3/14 3/21 3/27
April 4/3 4/10 4/17 4/11 4/18 4/24
May 5/1 5/8 5/15 5/9 5/16 5/22
June 6/5 6/12 6/19 6/13 6/20 6/26
July 7/3 7/10 7/17 7/11 7/18 7/24
August 8/7 8/14 8/21 8/8 8/15 8/28
September 9/4 9/11 9/20 9/18 9/19 9/25
October 10/2 10/9 10/18 10/10 10/16 10/23
November No Meeting No Meeting No Meeting No Meeting
December No Meeting No Meeting No Meeting No Meeting No Meeting No Meeting
 

Council Members:

Name Category
Pending Appointment CC-District 1, Council Member Ken Amaro
Pending Appointment CC-District 2, Council Member Mike Gay
Vacant CC-District 3, Council Member Will Lahnen
Rueben Stephens  - Chair   CC-District 4, Council Member Kevin Carrico
Vacant CC-District 5, Council Member Joe Carlucci
Vacant CC-District 6, Council Member Michael Boylan
Vacant CC-District 7, Council Member Jimmy Peluso
Vacant CC-District 8, Council Member Reggie Gaffney, Jr
Pending Appointment CC-District 9, Council Member Tyrona Clark-Murray
Marsha Jackson CC-District 10, Council Member Ju'Coby Pittman
Vacant CC-District 11, Council Member Raul Arias
Vacant CC-District 12, Council Member Randy White
Vacant CC-District 13, Council Member Rory Diamond
Pending Appointment CC-District 14 Council Member Rahman Johnson
Dr. Cynthia Griffin At-Large 1 - Mayoral Appointee
Robin Lang At-Large 2 - Mayoral Appointee
Ingrid Montgomery At-Large 3 - Mayoral Appointee
Pending Appointment At-Large 4 - Mayoral Appointee
Willie Lyons At-Large 5 - Mayoral Appointee

Contact Staff:

Name Position Phone Email
Carrence Bass Executive Director (904) 255-5413 cbass@coj.net
 

Carrence Bass, Executive Director

(904) 255-5413
cbass@coj.net
City Hall at St. James
117 West Duval St., Suite 215
Jacksonville, FL 32202

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