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 include:
Connections, Networking, Camaraderie, Zoom Chat, Self-Introductions
and an Educational Presentation on an Elder Issue or a topic of Professional Development.

In addition, BCOA hosts monthly Live & In-Person Members Only Gatherings (varied days, times) including Connections, Networking, Camaraderie, Self-Introductions, Food & Drinks, and Socializing.
First-Time Guests may be invited depending on the location

Look for monthly emails with a registration link.  If you are not yet a BCOA Member,
Click to JOIN BCOA

NEXT MEETING: Thu, Oct12, 2023

BCOA Monthly
Networking Meeting 

Zoom Chat

Educational Presentation

Maintaining a
Healthy Aging Brain
presented by Erika Marulanda, MD

Brain health can be affected by age-related changes in the brain, injuries such as stroke or traumatic brain injury, mood disorders such as depression, substance use disorder or addiction, and diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.  While aging may bring some degree of mental decline, individuals can proactively maintain a healthy aging brain and prevent memory lapses, and more seriously, dementia.  A growing body of scientific research suggests that small lifestyle changes can really add up.

Dr Erika Marulanda-Londono, Neurologist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, will discuss brain health, offer suggestions for impactful lifestyle modifications, and provide an understanding of the potential risk factors for cognitive health including the new research that shows connections between brain health and gastrointestinal conditions, high blood pressure and hearing loss.

About the Presenter: 

Dr Erika Marulanda is a neurologist specializing in stroke and is Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in the Department of Neurology.  She received her MD degree from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
in 2011.  As the Associate Program Director for the Neurology Residency program, Dr Marulanda has a focus on medical education, as well as research in stroke systems of care, and health disparities in neurologic care. 

With  Appreciation to:
BCOA’s Sep 2023 Meeting Sponsor

Enhanced Living Consultants

BCOA hosts a monthly in-person networking opportunity
Take a Break for Lunch with BCOA
at its Live & In-Person Lunch Gathering
Wed Sep 27, 2023

Location:  St Elizabeth Gardens
a Senior Living Location of Catholic Health Services
This location has limited capacity

Click below to REGISTER for:

Because registration is limited, please register only if you are sure you will be able to attend
and cancel with minimum 24 hours notification if your schedule changes


Perhaps you’ll want to Join BCOA and enjoy all of the membership benefits

Questions:  [email protected]

Please Note:  In-Person events have space limitations and priority is given to  our Current BCOA Members. 
Depending on the space guidelines from our gracious hosts, First-TIme Guests may be invited to REGISTER or
First-Time Guests may request space on the WAITING LIST and will be notified if space is available. 
BCOA Members look forward to meeting new guests each month and hope we’ll be able to confirm a waiting list request for you.
Thank you for your cooperation.

More Fun Photos Coming Soon
from other BCOA Live & In-Person Gatherings

See some photos below from April’s Live & In-Person Gathering at Artis Senior Living of Davie
Click to view MORE PHOTOS from previous gatherings

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

Previous Meetings

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

© 2023 Broward Coalition on Aging

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