WHO WE ARE


COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION:

1/21/2021 UPDATE:

From the Polk County Health Department’s website:

“Update for January 21, 2021: The Florida Department of Health in Polk County continues to work diligently to protect the health of the residents in Polk County against COVID-19. This week, DOH-Polk is working with community vaccination partners including Lakeland Regional Health and BayCare, to assist with COVID-19 vaccinations across the county. “

For more info visit: the Polk County Health Department website HERE  .

1/14/2021 UPDATE:

The Florida Department of Health in Polk County, in partnership with Polk County Board of County Commissioners, launched Polk County’s COVID-19 vaccine registration portal.

To create an account and then submit your personal information for a future vaccine appointment, visit the Florida Department of Health Polk County’s vaccination registration web portal HERE.


The Rath Senior ConNEXTions Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, free service, also known as The Coalition on Aging Transitions and Technology Inc. The mission of the Rath ConNEXTions Center is to “provide seniors 50+ with education, resources, services, advocacy, and leadership, enabling them to age with independence and dignity.”

This mission is realized through Senior Scholars education programs, referrals to agencies providing assistance and resources, and support groups.  Ongoing seminars and meetings provide current information and research related to healthcare, social services, housing, transportation, and mental health.

    

REFERRAL HUB

As you face the multi-faceted challenges of aging, know that help is often just a phone call away.  There are many valuable resources-often free-here in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties.  Let the Rath ConNEXTions Center help direct you to the resources that are right for you.

If you need assistance, call 863-220-7002

OUR BEGINNINGS – ONE MAN’S VISION

This innovative center is the vision of Alfred Rath and the Coalition on Aging Think Tank (CATT), and later changed to the Coalition on Aging Transitions and Technology, Inc.  CATT, a grassroots organization that first proposed a need for coordinated aging services in the community, was started in 1997 and received 501 (3) (c) Non Profit status effective 2011. 

 

Alfred Rath

Dr. Rosemarie S. Lamm directed and determined the needs of the aging population.  As a result of the research conducted, and through the generous support of grants, the Rath Center, once a vision, became a reality in 2003 and currently serves as a model center in Florida.

THE GOAL OF THIS WEBSITE

The goal of our website is to add one more tool to provide seniors, their family/friends, and their caregivers’ additional resources for their care.

Feel free to leave questions or messages at the phone number or email below, and we will be more than happy to help you.

All the best,

Rosemarie S. Lamm, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., Executive Director


COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION:

1/14/2021 UPDATE:

The Florida Department of Health in Polk County, in partnership with Polk County Board of County Commissioners, launched Polk County’s COVID-19 vaccine registration portal.

To create an account and then submit your personal information for a future vaccine appointment, visit the Florida Department of Health Polk County’s vaccination registration web portal HERE.

 

1/10/2021  UPDATE:

GO TO THE POLK COUNTY DEPT OF HEALTH WEBSITE HERE FOR IMPORTANT UPDATED INFORMATION

 

ADDED PHONE NUMBER FOR COVID-19 VACCINATIONS:  (863) 298-7500.

 

1/6/2021  Please see our post on updated Covid-19 Vaccine information HERE.


First Meeting of 2021 – Tuesday, January 12 at 9:00 via Zoom.

 

Topic: Homelessness in Lakeland

  • Mayor Bill Mutz of Lakeland
  • Ben Stevenson, Executive Director of Lakeland Housing Authority
  • Jeff Bagwell, Director of the Keystone Challenge Fund a nonprofit helping low/mid income families find homes

More information can be viewed HERE.


 


LAKELAND CITY OFFICIALS TO HOLD FORUM ON FAIR HOUSING ON 11/17/2020

More information can be viewed HERE (opens in a new tab).


Affordable Housing for Lakeland

Read about ongoing plans for Affordable Housing for Lakeland HERE (opens in a new tab).


Time to Review your Medicare plan!

To arrange to speak to a SHINE (Serving Health and Insurance Needs of Elders) counselor, see our post HERE.

 


SAVE THE DATE

What You Need to Know About 2021 Medicare Open Enrollment

The Rath Center Monthly Meeting via ZOOM

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

9:00 a.m.

If you are not receiving our monthly meeting notice, please contact Andy Crossfield at usandy@aol.com for the appropriate meeting ID and password/ phone number to join the meeting.  Use “Request Zoom password for Rath Center meeting” in the subject line.

 


 


RATH CENTER BOARD MEMBERS

Executive Director

Rosemarie S. Lamm, Ph.D., A.R.N.P.

Executive Board Members

Andy Crossfield, President

Sandie McRory, 1st Vice President

Jean Berken, Secretary

Gail Bagley, Treasurer

Emeritus

Patricia Boyce

Board of Directors

Charlie Burdette

Barbara Cage

Joe Echols

Dr. Fred Gifun

T. L. Johnson

Glenn Jones

Sylvia Leddy

Lanet Owen

Laura Perez

Jean Wright

 

Advisory Board

Kent Bristol

Lisa Buice

Liz Craven

Amy Dubose

Georgiana Goodson

Lynn Grady

Robert Groover

MaryLee Hollis

Dr. Ed Lamm

Armand Rapetti

Stephanie Rapetti

Teresa Reiter

Charlotte Thomas

6 thoughts on “WHO WE ARE”

    • Thank you, you have been added to our email list. You will receive emails for our Zoom General Meetings, and when in-person gatherings are safe again, emails for General Meetings in-person and Senior Scholar class information.

      Joe Echols
      Rath Volunteer

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    • Hello MS Tilley,

      Thank you for leaving a comment. I have added you to our email lists, and you will be provide with updates to our programs and others’ also.
      If you have a specific question or are in need of assistance, you may call 963-220-7702. Our phone is staffed by volunteers, so if you don’t get an answer, please leave a message, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We will be happy to assist you in whatever way we can.

      Best wishes,

      Joe Echols
      Rath Volunteer

      Reply

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