To enhance and increase our senior’s choice for independence and to provide delivery of nutritional services throughout the parish.
• David L. Lewis – Executive Director
• Drucilla Ancar – Nutrition Director
• Carolyn Sylve – Caregiver Coordinator
• Blanche Edgerson – Meals Site Manager
• Yolanda Brown – Personal Care Attendant
• Melissa Denesse – Bookkeeper
• Edna Harvey – Port Sulphur Oaks Senior Center Coordinator
• Brenda Riley – Boothville Senior Center Coordinator
• Brenda Williamson – Belle Chasse Riverbend Senior Center Coordinator
• Nancy Riley – Davant Senior Center Coordinator
• Errica Ingraham – Van Driver Port Sulphur Operations
• Myra Sylve – Van Driver Belle Chasse Operations
• Tennillia Griffin Demolle – Van Driver Davant Operations
Board of Directors
The PCOA board of directors consists of 11 regular members and two alternate members.
• Marilyn Ragas – Chairperson (Port Sulphur)
• Alena Ronquillo – Vice-Chairperson (Port Sulphur)
• Kenny Petkovich – Treasurer (Belle Chasse)
• Doreen Davis – Secretary (Port Sulphur)
• John Adams – (Belle Chasse)
• Harold Becnel – (Belle Chasse)
• Adelle Gallet – (Port Sulphur)
• Kelly Fontaine – (Buras)
• August Picquet – (Braitwaite)
• Bonnie Aycock – (Port Sulphur)
• Nita Williams – (Belle Chasse)
• Glenda Jenkins – (Belle Chasse)
• Thelma Riley – (Boothville)
As our senior ages its presents a continued challenge for them to care for themselves in a respectable environment. As such the Plaquemines Council on Aging (PCOA) has developed various programs to assist with improving the quality of life and help slow down the aging process of our seniors. PCOA programs are available at no cost and to be eligible an applicant must be 60 years or older. Some of the programs and services provided by PCOA include:
Care Management Services: – This department provides a variety of programs and services that includes the following:
• Personal Care – This program provides personal assistance for seniors 60 years and older who are unable to take care of their personal care needs.
• Respite Care – Respite Care provides caregivers an opportunity to have a welcome break from care giving responsibilities.
• Medical Alert – PCOA has partnered with Acadian Total Security to provide an emergency response assistance program.
• PCOA Cares – PCOA Cares is a program whereby routine telephone calls are made to seniors who live alone and/or feel isolated due to age and cannot drive.
• Legal Services – This program provides pro bono counseling and information to senior 60 years and older who may need legal advice.
• Material Aid – This program provides seniors with items such as nutritional supplements and adult incontinence supplies.
• Wellness Activities – Wellness services include activities, such as exercise (physical and mental) and health screenings, to improve a senior’s mental and physical wellbeing. They are available within the scheduled activities if the senior centers.
• Utility Services – “Power to Care” is an emergency utility assistance program, sponsored by Entergy and coordinated by PCOA, to help low income seniors 60 years and older and handicapped adults with energy expenses on an emergency basis.
• Public Education – PCOA provides a group learning environment for senior to learn about life style issues.
Nutrition Services: PCOA provides nutrition Services to persons 60 years and older and their spouses, regardless of age.
• Congregate Meals – Hot, mid-day meals are served to seniors and their spouse at all four senior centers. Call Senior Center Coordinator or visit your local senior center site.
• Home Delivered Meals – Hot, mid-day meals are delivered to a senior that is home bound. Call the Nutrition Director or office personnel to discuss how to qualify for a home delivered meal.
Transportation – PCOA provides transportation for senior in certain arears to transport seniors to and from the four senior centers. Call the Senior Center Coordinator to discuss how to qualify for the transportation Services.
Senior Centers – There are four Senior Centers located in Plaquemines Parish. These centers offer many recreational activities, educational and social opportunities to seniors and their guests.
Presently, there are four Senior Centers within the Plaquemines Council on Aging (PCOA) in Plaquemines Parish. The four centers are open from 7:30am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday. The age qualification to join the senior center is 60 years old and live in Plaquemines Parish.
The four senior centers are located:
Belle Chasse Riverbend Senior Center
3712 Main Street, Belle Chasse, Louisiana 70037
Coordinator: Brenda Williamson
Port Sulphur Oaks Senior Center
278 Civic Drive, Port Sulphur, Louisiana 70083 (Port Sulphur Community Center)
Coordinator: Enda Harvey
Boothville Senior Center
112 Gille Lane, Boothville, Louisiana 70041
Coordinator: Brenda Riley
Davant Senior Center
15577 Highway 15, Davant, Louisiana 70040 (P.V. Griffin Community Center)
Coordinator: Nancy Riley
The Senior Centers offer many social, recreational, educational and health services for their members and their quests. Some of the beneficial opportunities offered at the senior centers include:
• Exercise, wellness, and health promotion classes
• Frequent health fairs which feature health monitoring activities
• Crafts, bingo, card and various board games
• Legal services clinics
• Day trips to special events and shopping venues
• Special Holiday events
Each of these Senior Centers also serve as a PCOA nutrition site where eligible participants can enjoy a hot noontime meal. These meals offer seniors one-third of the daily nutritional requirements. These are called Congregate Meals and their menu varies throughout the year. Additional meals are offered by most of the Senior Centers to celebrate special event, such as monthly birthday parties.
Transportation is available from home to center for those members who live in the proximity of the center and are unable to drive.