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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.


June 15, 2016
Governor Rick Scott issues Proclamation for Elder Abuse Prevention Day

June 9, 2016
Department of Elder Affairs to Recognize Elder Abuse Awareness Day
In recognition of June 15 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day and to help build safer communities for Florida’s 4.9 million seniors, the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) will host a fraud prevention seminar to educate seniors, families, local businesses, and caregivers on preventing frauds, scams, and identity theft.
Media Advisory

April 15, 2016
Governor Rick Scott Appoints Four to Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee
TALLAHASSEE – The Governor has announced two appointments and two reappointments to the Committee.
Press Release

April 7, 2016
Department of Elder Affairs Announces First Dementia Caring Community in Florida
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Sam Verghese today announced Leon County and the City of Tallahassee as the first Dementia Caring Community in Florida through the Department’s Dementia Care and Cure Initiative.
Press Release

April 1, 2016
Department of Elder Affairs to Announce First Dementia Caring Community in Florida on Thursday, April 7
With more than 510,000 individuals currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common and well-known type of dementia, Florida has the second highest incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. In response, we seek to lead the nation by taking action at the community level to support those diagnosed with dementia, their families, and caregivers – bettering communities and the state overall.
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March 14, 2016
DOEA Secretary Verghese to Speak at the 19th Annual Alzheimer’s Educational Conference
Taking place in Palm Beach, the Secretary will participate in the conference, which is hosted by Alzheimer’s Community Care, a non-profit organization committed to ongoing advocacy efforts. With the theme of “Pathways: Navigating Your Way,” the conference will provide family and professional caregivers, as well as healthcare providers, with the knowledge and tools necessary to give the best possible care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related neurocognitive disorders.
Press Release

February 19, 2016
Elder Affairs Secretary Sam Verghese Confirmed by Florida Senate
On February 18, 2016, the full Senate voted favorably for the confirmation of Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Samuel P. Verghese. Secretary Verghese has served as Secretary since December of 2014.

January 22, 2016
Department of Elder Affairs and United Way of Florida to Host Florida Senior Day
TALLAHASSEE – On Wednesday, January 27, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) and United Way of Florida will host Florida Senior Day, an annual celebration that will bring more than 1,500 elders and advocates from across Florida to Tallahassee to honor the many contributions of Florida seniors.
Press Release

January 21, 2016
official picture Secretary Verghese joined Governor Scott, the Florida Cabinet, and Volunteer Florida to present a well-deserved Champion of Service Award to Ms. Eddie Mae Bennett - a local elder who has been volunteering for more than 40 years
Governor's Press Release | Large Picture

January 15, 2016
DOEA Secretary Verghese encourages Floridians to show support for elders at Florida Senior Day – January 27, 2016 at the State Capitol
News Article

January 6, 2016
Managing Someone Else’s Money Guides
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Older Americans has released national versions of the Managing Someone Else’s Money Guides to help financial caregivers to help you protect your loved ones from scams and fraud.
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December 11, 2015
Spotlight on the 24th Annual Florida Senior Games
Press Release

December 1, 2015
Governor Rick Scott Issues Proclamation for Intergenerational Week
Elder Affairs celebrates intergenerational connections that link youth and elders December 1 – 5, 2015.


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