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OCEAN is the resource for Charlotte County Seniors!  Our Charlotte Elder Affairs Network is a “coalition” whose membership consists of public and private health, human and social service organizations and others concerned with elder issues.

Our purpose is to identify services in the Charlotte County area and to share that knowledge; to provide pertinent information and referral; to analyze unmet needs; advocate for appropriate and effective solutions; and to increase public awareness of the elder services available in our community.

Jimmo and Medicare Update
Below is a recent release from CMS regarding updates to the Medicare Manual due to the court ruling in Jimmo v. Sebelius.  Courtesy of Mary Byrski.

Medicare Manual Updates - Jimmo Case

Monthly Meetings

Held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 8:00 AM at South Port Square’s Town Hall Building. [locate] For more info, please contact Karen Amador: 941-276-4075.

September 24, 2014 Monthly Meeting

September 24th Meeting will be held at South Port Square,
networking at 8 AM and meeting begins at 8:15 AM. 

Dr. Joseph is the month's speaker who is with Pivotal Health Physical Medicine. Read his bio here.

Congratulations to Virginia B. Andes as the 2014 Sunflower Award recipient.  OCEAN was proud to present a $1,000 .00 donation to her foundation.  To read more about her life as a Charlotte County Philanthropist.  Read more here.

OCEAN Donates to help Charlotte County
"Red Dot Program"
CCSO and OCEAN Members

Resource Guide is Now Available

2013 OCEAN Resource Guide


About Our Members

Caregiver with SeniorIn the summer of 1991 a small group of providers and concerned individuals established a networking” coalition with one common goal; to achieve more comprehensive and consistent services for the elderly in Charlotte County. Thus, O.C.E.A.N. was formed. No one could possibly have imagined how large and how resilient that group would eventually become. Surviving location changes, deaths of founding members and even a hurricane, this diverse group of community members and compassionate senior advocates has become a recognizable network of information, resources and understanding when it comes to the necessary facts needed to make important decisions about elder needs, whether for you, a loved one, client or patient.

Because we are not for profit, we rely on membership dues & donations to have available funds for serving our senior population. We also utilize the services of our membership whenever possible. Fortunately, we serve in a very generous community and have been able to fulfill most requests and needs either privately of through other agencies.

O.C.E.A.N., an acronym for Our Charlotte Elder Affairs Network, is proud to acknowledge those founding members, in particular Dolly Dessart, who not only had the vision, but more importantly, the “glue” to bring it all together. Today, O.C.E.A.N. consists of over 200 professionals representing more than 100 companies, ready and willing to do whatever they can to assist and improve the quality of life for our senior community. 

We Dedicate this Web Site to Dolly for her inspiration to care and move forward as caregivers.

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Caregiver Cruise! 
October 22, 2014

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