Lee County senior services have been gaining importance over the past decades. Nearly 30 percent of the population of Lee County is over 65 years. In addition, there are thousands of snowbirds that come in late October and start traveling North in spring.
As a consequence residents are relying on a healthy infrastructure that gives seniors of Lee County support, care and security they need for healthy aging.
There are three main areas of Lee County Senior Services that are especially relevant which are activities, care and Support Services.
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1. Activities – Lee County Senior Services
Activities mainly depend on the area of residence. We give you some ideas. We also recommend reading our post on: Retirement Clubs.
Sanibel Recreation Center – (239) 472-0345
3880 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957,
Island Seniors program activities begin in October of each year. The program offers some fun activities including Table Games, Coffee Socials and Page Turners. Another great option on Sanibel is the Sanibel Community House.
Tony Rotino Center – 239-574-0807
5817 Driftwood Pkwy., Cape Coral
“The Tony Rotino Center provides today’s active mature adults with a diverse selection of social, recreational and educational opportunities. Programs are offered throughout the year to provide life enhancing opportunities for the mature adult, including, but not limited to the following:
Exercise Classes for all Fitness Levels:
- Stretch & Tone
- Line Dancing
- Piano Lessons
- Day Trips
- Dominoes & Games
- Movie Matinees
- Family Events
- Duplicate Bridge
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Lake Kennedy Center – 239-574-0575
400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral
Lake Kennedy Center has an emphasis on planning and facilitating activities for active adults age 50+ . As a result one can find a diverse selection of social, recreational and educational opportunities. This includes events in the ballroom, day trips, and a variety of classes and programs including:
- Health and Fitness Classes
- Dance Programs
- Music / Theater Programs
- Educational & Leisure Activities
Lehigh Acres Senior Citizens Center – 239-369-5355
219 Plaza Drive, Lehigh Acres
“The Lehigh Acres Senior Citizens Center, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that was established to provide mature adults with opportunities to be engaged, enriched and empowered. Our programs provide opportunities to meet others, stay active, volunteer, learn and maintain a healthy lifestyle, all in a safe and secure setting.”
2. Care – Lee County Senior Services
Hope Pace Fort Myers
Hope Pace Fort Myers provides health care services to seniors. This includes:
- Primary medical and nursing care
- Medications and medical equipment
- Lab and diagnostic services
- Occupational, physical, and speech therapy
- All necessary prescription drugs
- Home care and personal care aides
- Hospitalization, skilled nursing facility care, and end-of-life care
- Care from medical specialists
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Mental and Behavioral Health Services Lee County Florida
Sanibel/Captiva residents have criticized the lack of mental health services in their community. Some even think that Florida has a mental health epidemic. The best resource to get started is Lee Health.
“Lee Health’s Behavioral Health Center – an outpatient facility — provides friendly and compassionate psychiatric and counseling services along with plenty of other mental health resources. We evaluate your condition, manage your medication, and implement a plan to help you feel better. You will find a trained therapist who is right for you – a caring and attentive person who will connect with you and empower you to tackle your problems.”
Online Therapy is also a great alternative especially since it is accessible from home.
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3. Support Services – Lee County Senior Services
Lifestyle/family office concierge agency. that provides holistic services to wealthy seniors that provides them with all necessary services to age at home. This includes managing travel needs, organizing home maintenance and care, taxes, technology support, organizing social and family events and more.
Fish of SanCap is one of the best Lee County Senior Services. The reason is that FISH is keenly focused on issues pertaining to the senior population on the islands, including isolation and loneliness. Through a variety of programs, it is our goal to be there for islanders as they age to remain healthy, independent, engaged and age in place with dignity.
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FriendShip Center Fort Myers
The Friendship Center FortMyers is a “nonprofit organization serving older adults in four counties in Southwest Florida, Senior Friendship Centers is THE safety net for close to 15,000 seniors, providing programs and services such as caregiving, adult day care, meals, exercise classes, lifelong learning, economic assistance, and socialization.”
Dr. Piper Center Fort Myers
Another great place in Lee County Florida that provides social services is the Dr. Piper Center in Fort Myers. It “seeks to enhance the social and economic wellbeing of those 55 and older individuals who reside in Southwest Florida and make a positive impact in the lives of frail elderly,” The center also has a volunteer senior companion program.
- Senior Companions Program
- Senior Employment Program
- Foster Grandparents Program
- Faith in Action Program
- Christmas Celebration
Transportation Services Lee County
If you need transportation in Lee County check Find A Ride Florida. This website connects you to public transportation and non-profits who can help.
Meals on Wheels Fort Myers
One of the most important Lee County Senior Services is Meals on Wheel Fort Myers. This mobile food service is provided by the Community Cooperative in Fort Myers. “Meals on Wheels volunteers provide daily, nutritious home-delivered meals and a friendly, safety and security check to eligible homebound neighbors who cannot shop or cook for themselves.”
Healthy Life Centers Fort Myers
“If you are looking to improve your health, we are here to help! Get started today with our complimentary Custom Plan which includes a health assessment, two sessions with a Registered Dietitian, one session with a movement expert, and a personalized plan with recommendations in five key areas of your health.” Lee County runs two of these centers. One at the Coconut Point Location and one in Cape Coral.
Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter – 239-403-7008
The Alzheimer’s Association offers educational and supportive events for family caregivers, people with early stage dementia, professionals and the community
Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida – 239-652-6900
“We provide information and resources for seniors and adults with disabilities. We also help their families and caregivers. AAASWFL can connect you with local resources like elder care, adult day care, housing assistance, home care, meals, housekeeping, legal assistance, personal care, and even volunteer opportunities.”
They also have a medicare counseling program, one for elderly abuse and several programs for health and wellness.
Lee County Senior Service -Sheriff’s Office Support – 239-477-1000
14750 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Fort Myers
The Sheriff’s office supports seniors with internet safety, driving safely, when an Alzheimer’s patient is missing and more.