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Welcome to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the primary state agency administering human services programs to benefit Florida’s elders. Click the links provided for information on our programs, services, and current initiatives.


September 23, 2015
Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Falls Prevention Awareness Day
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older Floridians and threaten the health and independence of elders. Falls prevention programs help educate the public about the issue and provide information that help keep elders safe.

September 18, 2015
DOEA and CareerSource Capital Region to Host Job and Resource Fair for Older Floridians
Tallahassee - The Department of Elder Affairs and CareerSource Capital Region are partnering to host a job and resource fair in Tallahassee on September 23 in recognition of Employ Older Workers Week.
Press Release

September 11, 2015
Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Grandparents Day, September 13
With more than 4.5 million grandparents in Florida, Governor Rick Scott has issued a proclamation recognizing them for the important role they play across communities in Florida.

September 1, 2015
Food Assistance for Seniors in the Big Bend Region of Florida
To assist seniors who may have been impacted by the recent cuts to America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, the Department of Elder Affairs has made information available.
Click here to access.

August 28, 2015
Governor Scott Urges All Floridians to Prepare for Tropical Storm Erika
Today, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 15-173 declaring a state of emergency in every county within the state of Florida in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika.
To view Executive Order 15-173, click here.

August 12, 2015
Department of Elder Affairs Announces Dementia Care and Cure Initiative
Today, Secretary Verghese announced a new initiative of the Department to improve the lives of Floridians affected by dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Press Release

June 29, 2015
2015 Assisted Living Facility Legislative Update - House Bill 1001
The Governor has signed into law HB 1001 regarding assisted living facility regulation. The new law includes several provisions affecting the regulation and enforcement of assisted living facilities (ALF) and is effective July 1, 2015.
Read more

June 23, 2015
Governor Scott Signs “Keep Working Florida” Budget, Includes Millions in New Funding to Support Florida Elders
Today, Governor Rick Scott signed his 2015-2016 “Keep Florida Working” budget, which includes new funding for initiatives that support Florida seniors and their caregivers, removes hundreds from the waitlists, and expands the statewide Senior Legal Helpline to help Florida’s most vulnerable seniors. The budget also provides funding for the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to assist in the Medicaid eligibility process.
Press Release | Governor’s Budget

June 17, 2015
Department of Elder Affairs to Co-host Fraud Prevention Seminar in Recognition of Elder Abuse Awareness Day
In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, along with the Big Bend Fraud Task Force, and the GFWC Woman’s Club of Tallahassee, will host a Fraud Prevention Seminar to educate seniors, families, local businesses, and caregivers on preventing fraud, scams, and identity theft.
Press Release

June 15, 2015
Governor Scott Issues Elder Abuse Awareness Day Proclamation
Governor Scott Issues Elder Abuse Awareness Day Proclamation In recognition of June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and to help build safer communities for Florida’s 4.8 million seniors, the Department of Elder Affairs encourages Floridians to educate themselves on the signs of abuse, report any suspicion or knowledge of abuse, and work to end all forms of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Press Release - English | Press Release - Spanish | Proclamation

May 18, 2015
Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Senior Corps Week
The Senior Corps Program connects older Floridians with volunteer programs to become mentors or companions to people in need or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Through grants and other resources—including the energy and efforts of citizens age 55 and over—Senior Corps helps meet the needs and challenges of America’s communities. Senior Corps Programs include Foster Grandparents, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and the Senior Companion Program.

May 12, 2015
Secretary Verghese Participates in Big Wheels Deliver Meals Event
Secretary of Elder Affairs Samuel Verghese joined other local and state leaders for the annual “Big Wheels Deliver Meals” event, held Tuesday, May 12 in the Tallahassee area.
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May 1, 2015
Governor Scott Proclaims May as Older Americans Month
May is recognized as Older Americans Month across the country, and with more than 4.8 million residents over the age of 60, Florida has the highest population percentage of seniors in the nation. Join us in recognizing the seniors that make our state so great!

April 27, 2015
Long-Time SHINE Volunteer, Janet Mills, Receives Volunteer Florida’s Champion of Service Award
At Florida Senior Day, Janet Mills was awarded the Champion of Service Award for her outstanding service for more than 10 years as a dedicated volunteer with the Department’s SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program. During that time she has helped more than 10,670 people with Medicare counseling. Congratulations, Janet, and thank you for your many years of service to Florida Seniors!


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