Steckler bolsters Helping Seniors of Brevard through hard work


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Joe Steckler enjoys helping seniors with their day-to-day concerns.

Senior Life Brenda Eggert Brader

Joe Steckler has been a mainstay in Brevard County for many years. A retired U.S. Navy commander, his passion has been working with and helping senior adults.

It doesn’t matter what they need or might request from him, he always tries to help.

Through his organization, Helping Seniors of Brevard, Steckler has been finding solutions for those in need throughout the county.

“I came here when I retired from the Navy, where I had commanded a home for elderly seniors for two years,” Steckler said. “I could see for the military, but not for civilians.”

Seeing a need for helping seniors, Steckler began looking around to see what he could do for seniors in Brevard County.

Several ideas became realities … a newspaper column, one of which remains in existence every other week locally, a radio program for seniors, and being the founder and first executive director of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of Brevard in 1995.

The daycare program, still active today, is called Joe’s Club.

A great portion of the Brevard County population is represented by seniors and retirees, Steckler notes.

According to Brevard County data, the median age for the population of 579,000 is 47.3 years. Nearly 25 percent of the population is older than 65, according to the U.S. Census.

Helping Seniors of Brevard, a nonprofit organization, was created to allow seniors and caretakers a place to call for improving the quality of life through the provision of information, education and resources. The organization provides access to a full range of services. This is what Steckler spends so much time serving.

“All the 75,000-plus veterans in Brevard County, over half are seniors and the 165,000 of us are over 65,” Steckler said.

“Think about them and the programs that are available and very few people know about.”

Most of the calls Steckler answers deal with affordable housing, dental care, money to pay bills, help with handymen or moving furniture, things younger people take for granted.

For information, call Helping Seniors at 321-473-7770 or email info@helpingseniorsofbrevard.org.