One Senior Place Welcomes New Director
BREVARD — 2023 is now fully underway and, as always, accompanied by an overall feeling of newness. Resolutions are vowed, and new chapters begin, some doors close while others open. Groups and individuals alike get the urge to “turn over a new leaf,” and One Senior Place (OSP) is among them. Barbara Fradkin’s Directorship at OSP came to a close in 2022 with her retirement but not before she passed the torch to Ms. A. Eden Cook, who was named Director at One Senior Place a short month ago.
“Eden brings a fresh perspective to the position and an unwavering commitment to helping seniors,” said Don Kramer, CEO and founder of One Senior Place.
Ms. Cook is truly unique, bringing to the OSP table a combination of skills and methods derived from both the education field and marketing promotion. Currently, a Satellite Beach resident, Ms. Cook, and her family have resided in Brevard County for 22 years. Prior to that, they were longtime residents of Andros, Bahamas, where she and her husband performed contract work for the Atlantic Undersea Testing and Evaluation Center (AUTEC).
From there, Ms. Cook began her educational career in Brevard County, completing her most recent position as Exceptional Education Teacher at Melbourne Central Catholic High School in 2022 before beginning her post at OSP. “Eden’s passion for education and building effective community partnerships will help us improve the lives of aging adults in Brevard County,” continued Mr. Kramer.
The transition has thus far been smooth for Ms. Cook, and she is very excited to offer her background and particular expertise to Brevard’s senior community as Director of One Senior Place.
Known as “The Experts in Aging,” One Senior Place is a one-stop-shop for senior resources, be they medical, financial, or social. While medical resources are necessary, OSP aims to provide a sense of overall community for our seniors and their loved ones to ensure the continuance of the positive quality of life these individuals deserve. The senior community bears distinct, specialized needs across the board, and OSP provides them.
“At One Senior Place, we help connect the important layers of community together; those layers being family and friends, our neighborhoods, and society at large,” said Ms. Cook. “We are here to help with the introduction and access to resources,” she continued.
If you’ve yet to see what OSP is all about, a great way to start is to simply drop on by. There’s so much available to you that it can get a bit overwhelming, but there is no need to worry about navigating the facility on your own. As part of her new role, Ms. Cook is providing free 30-minute consultations to aging adults and their family members to help guide them through the maze of services on hand at OSP. “These consults will help seniors identify issues, learn options, understand the complexities of any situation, and get answers to address their specific needs,” said Ms. Cook.
Services at OSP include independent providers of senior products and services, a resource library, a Senior Living Options Showroom, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resources, and additional resources and benefits available to veterans. A running calendar of events includes informational meetings such as Heart Health with Nurse Lisa, the Law Academy Presents Family Law, and Personal Finance 101. There are also a lot of fun social events to participate in, such as a book club, craft-making seminars, and much more.
“One Senior Place events are a great way to educate yourself about resources,” continued Ms. Cook, “demystify processes in the healthcare system, learn what’s available in the Brevard community, and also have some fun!”
Speaking of which, the OSP event schedule is off and running with A Taste of Senior Living on February 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This popular event will bring Brevard’s best senior living facilities together under one roof. The free event will also feature the “Best Chef in Senior Living” competition, where attendees can savor the fare and vote for their favorites. This event will take place at the Center for Collaboration, 1100 Rockledge Blvd. (Hwy 1), Rockledge, FL 32955.