PSC Assists Seniors During May’s Older Americans Month

TALLAHASSEE — Each May, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) joins in the nationwide Older Americans Month (OAM) celebration. Established to recognize older Americans’ contributions to their communities, OAM is also an opportunity for the PSC to assist seniors with their utility services.

“In our state, we’re proud to serve more than 5.3 million elders, and we help them stay informed about their utility services and keep aware of utility-related scams,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “Rest assured, the PSC protects seniors year-round, not just in May.” 

PSC representatives traveled the state this month visiting older Floridians to distribute and discuss water and energy conservation information, assist eligible seniors in applying for the Lifeline Assistance telephone/broadband discount program, and offer protection tips against scams targeting utility customers.

This year’s OAM theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes the importance of being active and involved—no matter age or abilities.  With a higher elder population, Florida is evidence of the contributions and engagement of people 60 and older.  A group of active seniors from the Tallahassee Senior Center recently helped the PSC offer practical energy-saving tips, based on their earlier life experiences “without air-conditioning.”  Here is the link to their presentation.

If you’re interested in the PSC visiting a senior center near you next May for Older Americans Month, or for future events, call the PSC’s Office of Consumer Assistance & Outreach at 850-413-6482.

Author  Janeil Jackson
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