Press Releases

EBRCOA Thanks the Community for Their Patience

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (6/16/2021) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging announced today that they will host the distribution of fans as part of its Annual “Beat the Heat” Fan Distribution on Thursday, June 17th at 12pm at The Lotus Center located at 1701 Main Street. The Fan Distribution is in conjunction with the Parish-wide Food Pantry Giveaway, which is also scheduled for Thursday at The Lotus Center. Fans and groceries will be distributed until supplies are exhausted.

EBRCOA Host Drive-Thru Lotus Food Pantry

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (6/16/2021) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging announced today that they will host the distribution of fans as part of its Annual “Beat the Heat” Fan Distribution on Thursday, June 17th at 12pm at The Lotus Center located at 1701 Main Street. The Fan Distribution is in conjunction with the Parish-wide Food Pantry Giveaway, which is also scheduled for Thursday at The Lotus Center. Fans and groceries will be distributed until supplies are exhausted.

EBRCOA Host Annual “Beat the Heat” Fan Distribution & Food Pantry Giveaway

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (6/16/2021) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging announced today that they will host the distribution of fans as part of its Annual “Beat the Heat” Fan Distribution on Thursday, June 17th at 12pm at The Lotus Center located at 1701 Main Street. The Fan Distribution is in conjunction with the Parish-wide Food Pantry Giveaway, which is also scheduled for Thursday at The Lotus Center. Fans and groceries will be distributed until supplies are exhausted.

EBRCOA Host Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting of the Ageless Circle

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (6/16/2021) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is thrilled to host the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Ageless Circle located at 3820 Gus Young Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70802. The official ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. sharp.

EBRCOA Approved to Begin Construction of Lotus Village Senior Living Community

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (3/5/2021) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is excited to announce the start of a weekly pop-up vaccination clinic every Wednesday and Thursday at The EBRCOA Lotus Center 1701 Main Street, 70802 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The weekly clinic will start Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

EBRCOA Begins Weekly Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, March 10th

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (3/5/2021) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is excited to announce the start of a weekly pop-up vaccination clinic every Wednesday and Thursday at The EBRCOA Lotus Center 1701 Main Street, 70802 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The weekly clinic will start Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

EBRCOA Cancels Vaccine Drive-Thru Distribution Event in Zachary

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (1/19/2021) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is devastated to announce the cancelation of the Southeast Community Health System’s COVID-19 Vaccine Drive-Thru Distribution Event previously scheduled for Wednesday, January 20th at 9:00 a.m. at their Zachary Senior Center located at 3541 Highway 19, Baton Rouge, LA 70791.

EBRCOA Facilitates COVID-19 Vaccines to Seniors Ages 70 and Older

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (01/10/2021) – Team EBRCOA is excited to announce our new amazing community partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, the City of Baton Rouge, and Albertsons Companies to host a Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for seniors ages 70 and older at the EBRCOA downtown Lotus Senior Center at 1701 Main Street. The clinic will be Tuesday, January 12th thru Thursday, January 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

EBRCOA COVID-19 Return to Work Plan

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (11/29/2020) – As Governor John Bel Edwards announced on November 24, 2020, there has been an aggressive surge in COVID-19 in our area and the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging has positioned its operations to return to Phase II. Phase II operations will consist of providing all staff with a “COVID-19 Return to Work Plan” which outlines that essential employees will return to the office beginning Monday, November 30th.

EBRCOA Closure Due to Increase in COVID-19 Cases

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (11/29/2020) – EBRCOA will temporarily close all offices and facilities at the close of business Tuesday, November 17th. We plan to reopen on Monday, November 30th. The closure is an act of safety and precaution to prevent COVID-19 exposure and spread. During the closure, we encourage seniors to review our virtual activities on website, YouTube page and Facebook page.

EBRCOA Provides Seniors Thanksgiving Dinners & Frozen Turkeys

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (11/11/2020) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging is hosting two (2) events to ensure the seniors of EBR Parish have a festive Thanksgiving and a great holiday meal! The purpose of these events are to combat senior hunger and provide the aging population of this parish the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful meal that many may not be privy to during this holiday season due to finances, health issues, or the current pandemic.

Lotus Village Receives $10 million in PRIME Funding

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (05/13/2020) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is thrilled to announce that their Lotus Village senior housing development has been approved for $10 million in Piggyback Resilient Mixed-Income (PRIME) funding. The Lotus Village is a planned residential rental home facility designed exclusively for the senior population of EBR Parish.

Senior Center Drive-Thru Closed Monday, June 8th

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (05/13/2020) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) announces that due to the threat of Tropical Storm Cristobal and in coordination with the office of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, all senior center locations and agency offices will be closed on Monday, June 8, 2020, out of an abundance of caution.

Message from our CEO

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (06/06/2020) – As the Chief Executive Officer of the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, I have the privilege everyday to touch the lives of those aged 60 and older through a variety of programming and services. The work we do is paramount to improving and enhancing the quality of life for senior citizens, but it also improves the quality of life for all of East Baton Rouge Parish.

Another Free Drive-Thru Food Pantry Open to All Local Seniors

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (05/13/2020) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is thrilled to announce the phase one reopening of our senior centers. Effective Wednesday, May 20th, 14 senior centers and feeding sites will reopen only for drive-thru meal pick up for congregate (hot) meal participants. Hot congregate meals will be available Monday thru Friday between 11am and 2pm. Seniors are directed to pick up meals from the center located closest to their homes.

Changes to Operations Amid Phase One Reopening

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (05/13/2020) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is thrilled to announce the phase one reopening of our senior centers. Effective Wednesday, May 20th, 14 senior centers and feeding sites will reopen only for drive-thru meal pick up for congregate (hot) meal participants. Hot congregate meals will be available Monday thru Friday between 11am and 2pm. Seniors are directed to pick up meals from the center located closest to their homes.

Free Drive-Thru Food Pantry Open to All Local Seniors

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (05/13/2020) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is elated to announce that their Drive-Thru Lotus Food Pantry will open Wednesday, May 13th from 11am to 2pm at their Antioch Senior Center located at 7140 Suite E Antioch Road. The drive thru food pantry is open to all senior residents in East Baton Rouge Parish. Usually, the Lotus Food Pantry only services EBRCOA senior clients who are food pantry recipients; however, on Wednesday any resident 60 years or older can take advantage of this service while supplies last.

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Changes Operations Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (03/16/2020) – In an abundance of caution and to ensure the health and safety of senior participants and our staff, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 we will be discontinuing the drive thru meal system at our senior centers. We will transition to home delivery of meals to all our senior participants.
The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging will be providing home delivered meals to 1,970 Meals On Wheels senior participants and 1,265 senior center participants. Each recipient will receive a 2-week supply of meals, including bread, fruit and snacks. In total, EBRCOA will be delivering 45,290 meals across East Baton Rouge Parish.

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Plan

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (03/13/2020) – In an abundance of caution and to ensure the health and safety of senior participants and staff, we will transition to limited operations because we realize that our services are critical to the well-being of our seniors.
Effective Monday, March 16th, until March 30th, there will be no activities or congregating at our eighteen senior centers; instead Senior Center Site Coordinators will develop a drive-thru system at each site allowing senior participants to pick up a plated to-go lunch.

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Cancels Annual Crawfish Boil

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (03/11/2020) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging regretfully announces the cancelation of our Annual Crawfish Boil that was previously scheduled for Thursday, April 9th from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Capital City Event Center.
In previous years, the Annual Crawfish Boil drew over a thousand seniors. This year EBRCOA anticipated 2,300 seniors would likely participate. Because of the large anticipated participation, the cancelation of the Crawfish Boil is a precaution to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging to Host the Fifth Annual Taste of Baton Rouge & Second Senior Lifestyle Expo

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (10/08/2019) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging is thrilled to host two fun filled days of events for seniors! The festivities kick off with the Fifth Annual Taste of Baton Rouge this Thursday, October10th at the Raising Cane’s River Center Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. The event, themed “Living Life Like It’s Golden”, is presented by the Senior Advisory Board of the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Announces Groundbreaking of The Lotus Center

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (08/09/2019) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging is excited to announce the Groundbreaking Ceremony of The Lotus Center at 1701 Main Street on Thursday, August 15 at 9:30 a.m. Having outgrown their current facility at 5790 Florida Blvd, which has been home of the main senior center for nearly twenty years, The Lotus Center is the proposed replacement facility.

Congressman Garret Graves Joins East Baton Rouge Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels For Deliveries

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (08/08/2019) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging is excited to announce that on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Congressman Garret Graves will deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in East Baton Rouge Parish, to highlight the vital importance of protecting and increasing federal funding for programs, such as the Older American Act (OAA)

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Wins Bronze in Inaugural Zonar All Star Customer Awards

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (07/25/2019) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging announced its Lotus Rides Transportation Program won the Bronze award in the First Zonar All Star Awards program. Lotus Rides launched on June 17, 2019. Operational a little over one month, the program has flourished and has been well received by the community. Lotus Rides was created to further address East Baton Rouge Parish’s need for reliable transportation for our seniors

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Co-Host Roof Reset Application Assistance Day

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (06/24/2019) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, in partnership with Build Baton Rouge, will co-host Roof Reset Application Assistance Days on Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the EBRCOA Capital City Event Center (6955 Florida Blvd.). To receive assistance, the applicant must be 60 years old or older and a resident of East Baton Rouge Parish.

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Begins Annual “Beat the Heat” Fan & Air Conditioner Distribution

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (05/29/2019) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging announced today that it would begin the distribution of fans and air conditioner units as part of its Annual “Beat the Heat” Fan & Air Conditioner Distribution. Due to record-breaking heat and high temperatures, EBRCOA is providing a Fan or an Air Conditioner to qualified seniors. The agency criteria will determine who will receive the donated items.

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Closed Friday, May 10 Due to Severe Rain and Flooding

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (05/09/2019) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging announced today that due to severe rain and flooding in our area all EBR Council on Aging Senior Center locations and Lotus Pantry will be closed on Friday, May 10 2019. The agency advises all seniors to stay off the roads and stay tuned to local news for any news alerts or changes regarding site-re-openings. The agency will continue to provide essential meals to Meals on Wheels seniors. The agency advises for any medical emergencies to call 9-1-1.

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Purchases the Gus Young Fire Station

Baton Rouge, LA.- February 28, 2019 – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is proud to announce the agency purchased the Gus Young Fire Station located at 3820 Gus Young Avenue. The property will be the site of EBRCOA’s Intergenerational Center and used to promote the “Age-Less” Program. The mission of the “Age-Less” Program is to bring both seniors and youth of the community together for various activities or programs that increase cooperation and interaction between two generations.

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging to Host Medicare Informational

Baton Rouge, LA.- February 18, 2019 – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA), in partnership with the Louisiana Health Insurance Information Program (LA-SHIIP), and the Social Security Administration, will host a free Medicare Brunch and Learn for all seniors in East Baton Rouge Parish age 60 and over, on Wednesday, February 27 at 9:30 a.m. at the EBRCOA Capital City Event Center located at 6955 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge.

Government Accountability Office Visit East Baton Rouge Council on Aging

Baton Rouge, LA.- February 5, 2019 – The East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging will receive a visit from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), February 6 and 7. The GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for congress to help the government save money and work more efficiently by examining how taxpayer dollars are spent. The GAO was commissioned by congress to examine the Council on Aging based on its successful nutrition program for older adults.

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Re-Opens Antioch Senior Center

Baton Rouge, L.A. – January 10, 2019 — The East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging is excited to announce the grand re-opening of the Antioch Park Senior Center. Having outgrown the current facility in less than a month, the new Antioch Senior Center will be newer, bigger and better to equip this vast growing location.

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Announces Groundbreaking of The Lotus Center

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (08/09/2019) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging is excited to announce the Groundbreaking Ceremony of The Lotus Center at 1701 Main Street on Thursday, August 15 at 9:30 a.m. Having outgrown their current facility at 5790 Florida Blvd, which has been home of the main senior center for nearly twenty years, The Lotus Center is the proposed replacement facility.

Congressman Garret Graves Joins East Baton Rouge Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels For Deliveries

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (08/08/2019) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging is excited to announce that on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Congressman Garret Graves will deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in East Baton Rouge Parish, to highlight the vital importance of protecting and increasing federal funding for programs, such as the Older American Act (OAA).

Congressman Garret Graves Joins East Baton Rouge Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels For Deliveries

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (08/08/2019) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging is excited to announce that on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Congressman Garret Graves will deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in East Baton Rouge Parish, to highlight the vital importance of protecting and increasing federal funding for programs, such as the Older American Act (OAA).

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