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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.


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!

April 14, 2015
Department of Elder Affairs and United Way of Florida to Host Florida Senior Day
On April 15 at the State Capitol, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) and United Way of Florida will host Florida Senior Day, an annual celebration that is expected to bring more than 1,500 elders and advocates from across Florida to the State Capitol to honor the many contributions of Florida seniors.
Press Release

January 28, 2015
Governor Scott Unveils 2015-2016 "Keep Florida Working Budget," Provides $8 Million to Support Florida's Elders
Governor Rick Scott's 2015-2016 "Keep Florida Working Budget" recommendations released today provide $8 million to serve Florida elders. Included in this funding is $5 million in new funding to support Florida elders most in need of services and $3 million in continued support of the Statewide Public Guardianship Office.
Press Release

January 26, 2015
Governor Scott Proposes $7.4 million for Three New State Veterans Nursing Homes
Samuel P. Verghese, Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, said, "Governor Scott is dedicated to making Florida the most veteran-friendly state in the country. More than 701,000 Floridians are veterans over the age of 65, and I commend Governor Scott for this investment and for honoring our elders who have served this country here and abroad. I am proud to live in a state so committed to veterans and know that we will continue to do all that we can to honor and support them."
Press Release

January 22, 2015
Secretary Verghese Presents DOEA Legislative Budget Request
On January 21, Secretary Verghese spoke on the Department’s budget requests before the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee. DOEA’s portion begins at just after the 29:22 mark.

January 22, 2015
Governor Rick Scott Selects Three Elders for Florida Women’s Hall of Fame
Governor Rick Scott announced the selection of Evelyn Cahn Keiser, Charlotte Edwards Maguire, M.D., and Mary Lee Farrior to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. These women where chosen from a group of ten distinguished nominees selected by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. They were considered for their work in making significant improvements in life for women and all citizens of Florida.
Press Release

January 20, 2015
Governor Scott Announces Proposed $470 Million in Cell Phone and TV Tax Cuts – Average Savings of More Than $40 Per Family
Press Release

December 23, 2014
Governor Rick Scott Announced Today Florida has overtaken New York as the 3rd most populous state
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