Miami Beach

Surf Bal Bay Club offers amenities - and assistance - to seniors

The Jewish Community Services of South Florida has launched the Surf

Bal Bay Club, a new program that caters to seniors living in Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands and Surfside.

The membership-based program for adults ages 60 and over offers services for those who are retired living at home.

Jewish Community Services of South Florida president and CEO Fred

Stock said the program will assist seniors living in the three municipalities, which has a high number of retirees.

“Most of the studies that are done on aging indicate people of age want to remain at home,” he said in a phone interview. “As you age you

require more assistance to stay home, and that is what we are here for.“

A free event will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Council Chambers in Bay Harbor Islands, 9665 Bay Harbor Terr., to give out information on the program.

The membership includes concierge services, social and cultural activities, discounts on dining, shopping and home help. There is also

transportation, health programs and an in-home personal emergency response system.

The program is part of a network of more than 89 similar programs

across the country.

Prices are $40 a month for the charter membership. There is a minimum of three months and monthly payments are accepted, said Surf Bal Bay

Club Program Director Marli Lutz. A yearly membership is $399.

Stock said Jewish Community Services of South Florida has experience catering to seniors.

“Jewish community service has been providing an array of services for many years,” he said. “Those services include home bound meals, home

care services, house keeping, mental and case management services.”

Transportation services may be requested with a 24-hour notice.

Member services coordinators will help members with appointments, added Lutz.

“They will be there for anything you need,” she said in a phone

interview. “It becomes a true life line.”

There will be weekly trips for groceries. Trips to local hospitals will also be available.

Depending on the interest, the program could extend elsewhere in Miami-Dade County.

For more information on the Surf Bal Bay Club, contact Lutz at 305-403-6515.