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Communities for a LifetimeThe Communities for a Lifetime initiative administers programs that help communities create environments that embrace the life experience and valuable contributions of older adults and feature improvements to benefit all residents, youthful and elder alike.Â (ClickÂ hereÂ for the link to the Department's 2013 Report on CFAL initiatives.)These programs help ensure the continued healthy aging of all citizens:Â
The elder housing unit focuses on independent housing and assisted living planning and policy development. The unit provides technical assistance and disseminates senior housing and supportive services information to local governments, community organizations, providers, state agencies and the general public, working to address senior housing and supportive services needs. One goal of the unit is to ensure that elder interests are represented on relevant committees and workgroups that address housing and assisted living issues. Read more about this program.
In addition to administering Older Americans Act Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), the unit works to increase awareness among employers of the benefits of hiring older workers. Communities for a Lifetime also promotes inclusion of businesses in local initiatives and support of the Silver Edition website in connecting older workers to employment opportunities. Read more about this program.
Health, Wellness and Injury Prevention
This unit provides opportunities for health education, nutrition counseling, fitness, medication management, and preventive health screenings. Unit staff administer a variety of evidence-based disease prevention grant programs, including Chronic Disease Self-management Program and Matter of Balance. This unit also works closely with the Florida Department of Health and its Falls Prevention initiatives, HIV/AIDS programs, Womenâ€™s Health initiatives and Chronic Disease programs. Unit staff serves on many state and national committees to assist Florida elders with the most current health and related information. Read more about this program.
Transportation and Mobility
This unit works with communities to develop a range of options designed to allow seniors to remain mobile and independently able to access needed services and activities. Read more about this program.
Volunteerism and Intergenerational Programs
This unit works to bring elders together with their communities to share their knowledge and experience, recognizing that volunteers enhance their own lives and those of the people they serve. The unit also works with Floridaâ€™s communities to create local programs and services that cross generational boundaries to benefit elders and youth. Read more about this program.
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