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About the Department of Elder Affairs

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Florida is home to nearly 5.2 million residents age 60 and older and currently ranks first in the nation for the 65+ populations. As our senior population continues to increase, Florida’s future is linked to the financial, health, and physical security of our elder population.

The Department provides most direct services through its Division of Statewide Community-Based Services, which works through the state’s eleven Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers to deliver essential services to a vital segment of the population. The Department also directly administers a wide range of programs, ranging from the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, Office of Public and Professional Guardians, and Communities for a Lifetime to SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) and CARES (Comprehensive Assessment and Review for Long-Term Care Services).

The Department recognizes that individuals age differently, and therefore the state’s residents do not each need the same kind of care or services as others the same age. Some individuals may suffer from chronic conditions that began long before they reached age 60, while others may be able to live their entire lives without ever needing long-term medical or social services. One of the Department’s highest priorities is reducing the need for many elders to be placed in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Ultimately, the goal is to efficiently use resources to ensure that the greatest number of elders possible get to spend their golden years living healthy, active, and fulfilling lives in their communities.

Mission Statement: To help Florida's elders remain healthy, safe, and independent.

Vision: All Floridians aging with dignity, purpose, and independence.


Goal 1 - Ensure that any Floridian in need of long-term care services receives a timely and appropriate assessment of need by applying a fair, objective, and transparent priority scoring methodology. The Department of Elder of Affairs maintains the statewide wait list for enrollment for the home and community- based services portion of the long-term care managed care program. The department utilizes a screening tool to be used to determine priority for potential enrollment in the program. Florida families will be protected by ensuring that taxpayer money goes to those in greatest need of services.
Goal 2 - Protect vulnerable Floridians and their families by establishing the Office of Public and Professional Guardians. The Department of Elder Affairs has expanded oversight to include professional guardians in addition to public guardians. This office will protect more Florida families by reducing the potential of fraud and abuse by professional guardians of vulnerable individuals, their families and their assets. This is consistent with other regulatory agencies.
Goal 3 - Promote compassion and awareness for Floridians affected by dementia by expanding the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative (DCCI) across Florida. Florida has the second highest incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. Florida seeks to lead the nation by taking action at the community level to support those diagnosed with dementia, their families, and caregivers. The Department of Elder Affairs will promote awareness and compassion for Floridians affected by dementia by helping Florida businesses and communities become more dementia friendly.
Goal 4 - Complete all federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements effectively by maximizing the number of elders served. The Department will comply with all requirements set by the Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging and Administration for Community Living in addition to requirements identified in Florida Statute or by the Executive Office of the Governor.

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