May is Older Americans Month, and this year's national theme is Make Your Mark, so Elder Care Community Council of Franklin County (ECCC) is highlighting the contributions that older adults are making on their communities.


Across the nation, elders are using their time and experience to make a significant difference in the lives of others. If you know of a senior who has made a lasting impact on your life, send us a message at ecccfranklin@gmail.com and we will honor and thank them while recognizing their impact. ECCC is so grateful for the support of many generous community members and groups providing items for our COVID-19 response efforts. The numbers for our daily lunch program keep increasing based on the need in our community. ECCC is a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for seniors. We couldn't do it without you!


According to the Washington Post, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that grocery prices rose by 2.6 percent overall in April, their biggest one-month jump since Feb. 1974. As the coronavirus crisis disrupted supply chains and shoppers stocked up on essentials, prices for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs increased by 4.3 percent in April. Prices for fruits and vegetables increased by 1.5 percent, while those of cereals and bakery products rose by 2.9 percent.


The increase in food prices increased food insecurity as more than 20 million people lost their jobs as the pandemic forced businesses nationwide to shut down under stay-at-home orders. The cost of many other goods fell, driving down the U.S. consumer price index by 0.8 percent in April, the biggest monthly decline since 2008.


The Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) is delivering over 375 therapeutic robotic pets to socially isolated seniors and adults living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (ADRD). The interactive pets help combat social isolation and depression among older individuals and people living with ADRD by improving overall mood and quality of life. Family caregivers may experience a reduction in stress, and caregivers benefit when companion pets allow increased engagement with the older adult and their environment.


If you know of an elderly or disabled person who would be comforted by a free Robotic Pet (dog or cat), or who would like an MP3 Player, go to www.Elderaffairs.org for more information. The website states it is for those living with dementia, but they report it has been open to other elderly and disabled persons during the pandemic. Owning a pet can offer a variety of health benefits, and eliminate feelings of loneliness. These robotic pets are not the real deal, but research has shown they improve the mental health and well-being of those who are shut in and unable to care for a live pet.


ECCC’s mailing address is: PO Box 335, Eastpoint, FL 32328. You can reach us at 850-370-0116 or ecccfranklin@gmail.com. Let us know if you or someone you know could benefit from our daily pick-up lunch from Holy Family Senior Center in Apalachicola, friendly check in calls or other unmet needs during this time of staying at home. Support from the community is what assists ECCC to take care of those who once took care of us. Be well and take good care!