Our History

More than 40 years ago, several concerned Martin County residents put a small ad in the local newspaper, announcing a meeting to discuss forming an organization to help seniors in need.
 
Over 200 people packed the tiny meeting hall. Their consensus regarding the needs of the elder community: feed the homebound, transport the frail and disabled, and cut through the red tape seniors and their families face when trying to find assistance. The consensus of needs in the community and commitment to meet those needs resulted in the formation of the Council on Aging, which was incorporated in 1974.
 
Since its founding, the Council on Aging of Martin County has consistently grown and excelled in the senior service area. Highlights of our history include:
  • 1976: The Council launches the first Meals on Wheels program in Martin County, delivering 20 meals daily. Today, over 250 meals are delivered Monday through Friday county-wide. Nutritional services have also been expanded to include Senior Dining Centers and monthly grocery options.
  • 1979: The Council is designated as "Lead Agency” for Martin County under the Community Care for the Elderly Act.
  • 1987: The Council creates the first licensed adult day care center in Martin County, which has grown from 12 seniors per day to the capacity to serve 90 seniors per day.
  • 2003: The Council's Nutrition Services/Meals on Wheels program is awarded National Certification through the Meals on Wheels Association of America. The program is one of only four in the state of Florida and 46 nationwide to earn this recognition.
  • 2006: The Council receives a $5 million appropriation from the State of Florida to be used toward the creation of a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose senior center, kicking off a $15 million public/private capital campaign to build the Charles and Rae Kane Senior Center.
  • 2011:  The Council officially moves its operations to the Kane Center, which opens its doors in May 2011.
  • February 2012:  The Kane Clinic begins operation in the Kane Center, offering primary geriatric specialty medical care in a medical environment designed to address the multiple health care needs of the elderly.
  • April 2012:  For the first time in its history, the Council begins to produce Meals on Wheels in-house, in its state-of-the-art commercial kitchen.  Meals are distributed immediately after preparation, using fresh ingredients, freshly prepared.
  • September 2012:  The Kane Clinic is recognized by Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, winning a Health Care Champions Award for Innovation in Health Care.
  • February 2016:  The Council holds the first annual Sage Awards, the first and only awards ceremony honoring the wisdom and worth of our area's seniors, recognizing their contributions to the world in which we live.
  • April 2017:   The state-of-the-art Joseph C. & Ann S. Day Medical Center opens at the Kane Center.

Spotlights

Openings Now Available in Our Adult Day Club!

Openings are now available in our Adult Day Club.  To learn more or schedule a personal tour, call 772-223-7843 today!

Kane House Calls - Bringing Quality Medical Care Home to You!

If it's difficult for you to get to the doctor, the Day Medical Center will send a team member to you. Our House Calls program is now available for those who qualify.  
 
Call 772-223-7864 to learn more!