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.
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.
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
The Rath Senior ConNEXTions Center
118 West Lemon Street
Lakeland, FL 33815
CHALLENGES OF COVID-19 FOR SENIORS
As individuals age, coping strategies are developed. These coping behaviors provide strength for the many challenges facing seniors.
Dr. Rosemarie Lamm, Rath Executive Director, has addressed the challenges of Covid-19 for Seniors in a post that you can view HERE.
COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION:
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.
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
If you are not receiving our monthly meeting notice, please contact Andy Crossfield at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
Board of Directors
Dr. Fred Gifun
T. L. Johnson
Dr. Ed Lamm