Working Together to Improve the Quality of Life for Seniors

Monthly Meetings

BCOA meets the 2nd Thursday
of each month

Currently, due to the pandemic,
general monthly meetings are VIRTUAL on Zoom

Optional informal networking starts at 8:15am
Meetings run at 8:30am – 10:00am

Meetings usually include networking, self-introductions and an educational presentation

In addition, BCOA hosts a Live & In-Person, Members Only gathering on the 3rd Wednesday of each month

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NEXT MEETING: Thursday, August 11, 2022

BCOA Monthly
Networking Meeting 

Includes Networking,
Self-Introductions & 
Educational Program:

Imagine not being able to articulate your thoughts.  Aphasia is a disorder that results from damage to portions of the brain responsible for language and has impacted the lives of actor Bruce Willis, former US Representative Gabby Giffords, and more than 3 million other Americans.  Most often the cause of the brain injury is a stroke, but other injuries include severe blow to the brain, brain tumors, infections, gunshot wounds, or neurological disorders.

Rachel McVey, MS, CCC-SLP, will discuss the etiology of the disorder, describe the signs and symptoms to look for, and explain the treatment modalities and supports that you can share with the clients and families you serve.

Rachel McVey, MS, CCC-SLP

Rachel McVey is a medical speech-language pathologist working in acute inpatient rehabilitation at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sunrise. Rachel has been in the field for four years, predominantly working with patients with neurological diagnoses (CVA and brain injury). Rachel’s area of interest is communication disorders and as such is the aphasia program champion at her current facility where she conducts bimonthly treatment groups and community resource groups for individuals with aphasia and their families/caregivers.

Rachel McVey, M.S., CCC-SLP
Rachel McVey, MS, CCC-SLP

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

Previous Meetings

Since the pandemic has moved BCOA’s Monthly Breakfast Meetings to Zoom, an additional monthly meeting has been scheduled for a MEMBERS ONLY In-Person afternoon gathering until we are able to resume full in-person meetings in the fall.  Look for monthly emails with a registration link. 
If you are not yet a BCOA Member, click to JOIN BCOA

Below are a few photos from recent gatherings:

Garden Plaza has hosted BCOA monthly breakfast meetings until COVID-19 necessitated a move to virtual meeting.  We appreciate their support.

Garden Plaza at Inverrary offers a dynamic retirement lifestyle in a beautiful independent living and assisted living community.  Residents enjoy resort-style surroundings and premier services and amenities, with helpful associates to take care of life’s tedious details such as housekeeping and maintenance.

Located in Lauderhill Florida, Garden Plaza’s climate features warm temperatures and ocean breezes year-round so residents can enjoy outdoor activities including golf at numerous courses in the surrounding community and an on-campus putting green.


Assisted living residents are also provided aid in activities of daily living to ensure their well-being.  Garden Plaza of Inverrary accommodates a diverse range and changing set of senior needs, all in one location. The continuum-of-care campus offers not only independent living and assisted living, but also skilled nursing and rehabilitation services through Life Care Center at Inverrary.


Professional staff at each location work with each resident’s individual needs while also encouraging them to live the most independent and fulfilling life possible.  Garden Plaza provides nutritious, gourmet meals in elegant dining rooms as well as social and educational programs, wellness programs, beauty salon and barbershop, a jacuzzi, a library, cozy lounge areas and more.

With safety and well-being as a #1 priority, the campus is equipped with a 24-hour emergency response system. This service is closely monitored by on-site staff to aid in providing security and peace of mind.  You are invited to tour this senior living community to discover how it can be an ideal fit for you or your loved one.

BCOA Collaborates with TRIAD
Meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 9:30am

Location: Davie Police Department (on the east side of Nob Hill Road, just south of I-595

TRIAD is a partnership between the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), the Broward County Chiefs of Police, the
Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons (AARP), leaders of community SALT Councils (Seniors and Law
Enforcement Together), and representatives from community agencies that serve the older adult population.

This partnership works to reduce the criminal victimization of senior citizens and enhances the delivery of law
enforcement services to Broward County’s elderly population. TRIAD provides the opportunity for the exchange of
information between law enforcement and senior citizens.

All are welcome to attend. BCOA members have the opportunity to sponsor a meeting and make a short presentation to the group.

TRIAD Meetings are currently on hold due to the pandemic


Working Together to Improve the Quality of Life for Seniors

2801 S Federal Highway #21182
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316

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