Who We Are

Who We Are

At the Council on Aging of Martin County, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to live life to the fullest – no matter their age.

We were founded as a private, 501(c)(3) organization in 1974 to provide services tailored to the specific needs of seniors. More than 40 years later, we are the longest-serving senior services agency in the county offering the most comprehensive resources for elders, their families and their caregivers.

Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to be the primary provider of comprehensive life-saving and life-improving services and programs for seniors in Martin County. Our vision is seniors living well at any age, remaining independent and living in a home-like environment. We provide programs in support of this mission, including Meals on Wheels, Kane Cuisine, an adult day program, senior-focused primary medical care, care management and caregiver support. 

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.

Our Founding

The Council on Aging of Martin County founded.

1974

1976

Meals on Wheels

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.

Lead Agency

The Council is designated as "Lead Agency” for Martin County under the Community Care for the Elderly Act.

1979

1987

First Adult Day Care Center

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.

Prestigious Award

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.

2003

2006

Initial Funding for Kane Center

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.

Moving Day

The Council officially moves its operations to the Kane Center, which opens its doors in May 2011.

May 2011

February 2012

Kane Clinic Open for Business

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.

Cooks in the Kitchen

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.

April 2012

September 2012

Health Care Champions Award

The Kane Clinic is recognized by Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, winning a Health Care Champions Award for Innovation in Health Care.

First Annual Sage Awards

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.

February 2016

April 2017

Joseph C. & Ann S. Day Medical Center Open

The state-of-the-art Joseph C. & Ann S. Day Medical Center opens at the Kane Center.

The Charles & Rae Kane Center, 900 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997

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