Larry Baxter, Bureau Chief
(850) 414-2058
baxterl@elderaffairs.org

Bureau of Elder Rights

The Elder Rights Bureau helps elders age with security through programs to help ensure that older individuals are able to access and maintain benefits and legal rights. This includes protection from abuse, neglect, exploitation and other crimes, whether at home, in the community or in institutional care:

Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE)

The SHINE program provides free, unbiased health insurance counseling and information to elders, the disabled and their caregivers regarding Medicare, prescription assistance, long-term care planning and insurance, Medicaid and a variety of other health care issues. Through a statewide network of trained SHINE counselors, individuals can receive personal and confidential assistance for their Medicare-related questions and issues. Visit SHINE’s Website at www.FloridaSHINE.org.

Communities for a Lifetime

The 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. These programs help ensure the continued healthy aging of all citizens. Read more about this program.

Elder Abuse Prevention Program

This program is designed to increase awareness of the problem of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. The program also includes training, dissemination of Elder Abuse Prevention materials and funding of special projects to provide training and prevention activities. Read more about this program.


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