Advocates for the Aging, Inc.

(877) 593-0521
(321) 953-2273
(321) 953-CARE
P.O.Box 429 Melbourne, FL 32902

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | 24/7 On Call | Emergency Calls Answered After Hours & Weekends

About Us – Meet our Team

2016 Central Florida Humanitarian Award Recipients

Danica Scuderi-Carluccio is the Founding Share Holder of Advocates for the Aging, Inc., as well as a Professional Guardian, Geriatric Case Manager, a National Certified Alzheimer's/Dementia Practitioner, and Social Worker. In January 2008 Danica chose to embark on a new journey and opened Advocates for the Aging.  Danica's passion from a young girl has been advocating for the elderly.  In her early teens Danica spend many hours volunteering in nursing homes and the local hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center.  Later receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work with a focus on end of life/counseling and law. Danica's past positions included: Social Services Director, Case Manager, Risk Manager, and Abuse Prevention Coordinator in Rehabilitation/Nursing facilities. Danica became a Registered Professional Guardian in 2005, is also a Certified National Guardian. She has also developed stimulation & activity programs for those with Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia. Danica has provided educational presentations on topics related to Aging Sensitivity, Rights of the Elderly, Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease, and the role of a Professional Guardian.  Danica believes that if one leads their life from their heart, all will fall into place.  When building her team, she sought those who's passions are similar to her own; the love of elderly, strong advocacy for ensuring quality in the lives of others and leading with their heart.  Danica was also the recipient of a 2016 Humanitarian Award for the services she and her team provide to Brevard County!!

Janielle is the Lead Nurse Case Manager for our team with 16 years of long term care experience.  She began with our team on a part-time basis in 2009 and joined us full-time in January 2012.  Janielle obtained her certified nursing assistant certification in 1997 and started volunteering at a skilled nursing facility.  She furthered her education in 2003 by obtaining her Associates degree in Nursing.  Her experience includes working a s a Restorative C.N.A., Restorative Nurse, Medical Records Assistant and Director, and Credentialing Chairperson.  Janielle loves working with the geriatric polulation, as she sees her clients as her own family.  She loves to see the smiles on their faces and at the end of the day, knows she has made a difference in their lives!

Penny is a Nurse Case Manager for our team with 20+ years of long term care experience. She has been with our team since May of 2008.  She began her career in long term care in 1994 as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  She furthered her education, obtaining her Practical Nursing license in 2001.  Other positions she has held include: Sub-Acute Rehabilitation nurse, Staff Developement Director, and Clinical Assessment Nurse for Medicare and Medicaid.  Penny enjoys working with the elderly to ensure their golden years have quality.  Penny loves to listen to our clients reminisce about signifiant life events and advocating their wishes.  In August of 2016 Penny chose transition to a stay at home Mom in order to spend more time with her children, however, does continue to case manager as our team needs her.

Carmal is a Nurse Case Manager, Professional Guardian and a National Certified Alzheimer's/Dementia Practitioner for our team.  Carmal has been with our team since March of 2012.  Her experience includes being a Registered Nurse, receiving her Bachelors of Nursing from UCF. Carmal has 20+ years experience working in cardiology, pulmonology and geriatrics.  Carmal enjoys working in the geriatric field because it allows all aspects of nursing to be utilized along with a large dose of passion.  Carmal believes our clients become our extended family.

Ashley is a Nurse Case Manager who joined our team in 2017 with more than 8 years experience in the healthcare field. Ashley has been volunteering with the elderly population since she was 7 years old.  She obtained her Certified Nursing Assistant license while still in high school for she already realized her passion in healthcare!  In 2016 Ashley furthered her career and became a Licensed Practical Nurse.  Ashley's experience includes working in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and doctor's offices.  Ashley loves working with the elderly and treats them as if they were her own family.  Her ultimate goal is to help the clients smile and enjoy life.  She has a fondness for going down memory lane with our clients and learning from their experiences.  Ashley is a firm believer to "treat others the way you want to be treated," and ensures each client's life is full of dignity and quality.

Sharon is a Case Manager/Social Worker for our team with 25 years experience as a Social Worker, she has her BS in Psychology with a minor in family counseling from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. Sharon joined our team in 2015. She brought with her the love of elderly and business experience,  Sharon's caring nature and extensive social work knowledge in the family and long term care arena has provided our team with additional problem solving techniques.

Cindy is a Senior Executive Assistant for our team.  She worked with us on a part time basis, until August 2016, when she decided us to join us full-time. Cindy brings with her  25+ years of problem solving and auditing experience, not to mention a bubbly, positive personality, which our clients enjoy when they call our office!

Christine is the Business Office Manager for our team with 24+ years experience in the medical field. Christine joined our team in 2013. She has worked in insurance arena for over 5 years bringing us her years of experience in Medicare, Medicaid and insurance billing.  In addition, she has a passion for the disabled and has spend over 20 years educating herself with the complex system to obtain appropriate benefits and resources for those in need. 

Pam is the File Clerk and Records Management Specialist for our team.  Pam has worked in the medical field since 1975.  She retired in 2014 from a local hospital and chose to join our team on a part time basis.  Pam is extremely detailed and ensures our files remain updated for quick retrieval. 

Ruby Boss is the Placement Services Specialist and a Case Manager on our team. Ruby has worked in the elder care field for over 25 years. The passion Ruby has for the elderly is apparent the moment she begins speaking about her experiences. Her facility knowledge is vast and plethora of community contacts enable her to reach out and ensure placement in the appropriate place for those we serve.

Rosann is the Insurance & Benefits Specialist for our team, she previously worked with us from 2011-2014 but moved to North Carolina to be closer to her grandchildren, however, recently moved back to Florida and rejoined our team!   Rosann has worked in administrative positions in the medical field since 1980 and has been employed in the elder care industry since 1997 when she began working at skilled nursing facilities as the Business Office Manager.  She brings with her years of experience in Medicare, Medicaid and insurance billing.

Colette is the Payables & Receivables and Payroll Manager for our team and comes with 25+ years experience in the Human Resource, Payroll and Accounting fields.  Although Colette retired June of 2012, Colette realized she just wasn’t ready, which lead her to join our team in July 2012!  Colette loves her job and treats every account like it is her own.  She uses every opportunity she has with our clients to spread her great sense of humor!

Ross is the Property Manager for our team and has been with us since January 2008.  Ross retired in 1993 and was enjoying rebuilding hot rods until he chose to assist our team!  His experience includes serving proudly in our military in the Army, owning several businesses including plumbing companies, repair services, delivery services, specialty handmade furniture shops and a motel for many years. He enjoys working part-time with us and ensuring the properties and vehicles are kept safe and in running order!

CJ is the Assistant Property Manager for our team and has been behind the scenes assisting once in a while since 2010, but officially started full-time with us in August 2016.  His experience includes auditing, project management, and execution of proper product/services marketing techniques.  He is tasked with the coordination of client moves and personal property management.

Contact us in Melbourne, Florida, to find out what elder care services we specialize in and how we can help your senior family members.