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October 21, 2019
DOEA Seeks Public Input for State Plan on Aging
The Department is asking for public input to assist with determining the needs of elders in Florida to better inform our state planning process. You can help by sharing your thoughts and opinions with us through a short survey; the input you provide will be invaluable in our efforts to build a dynamic and effective State Plan on Aging. Click this link to complete the survey by Friday, November 15, 2019: 2019 State Plan on Aging Public Input Survey

October 4, 2019
President Galvano Appoints Donna Flanagan to the Alzheimer's Disease Advisory Committee
Tallahassee-Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) today announced the appointment of Mrs. Donna Flanagan of Bradenton to the Alzheimer's Disease Advisory Committee. "With decades of practice as a Speech and Language Pathologist, Donna has firsthand experience helping our fellow Floridians face the challenge of Alzheimer's Disease. Donna and her husband, former Representative Mark Flanagan, are lifelong friends, and as such I am aware of their long-term commitment to the community," said President Galvano. "My wife Julie and I continue to be impressed by Donna's passion for utilizing her experience in such a specialized field to serve others in our community. Alzheimer's is a horrible disease with devastating impacts on families across our state. Donna will work diligently to ensure our state is doing as much as we can to support those who are suffering and their families." House Bill 449, sponsored in the Senate by Senators Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) and Senator Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville), revised the membership of the Alzheimer's Disease Advisory Committee and requires the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) to collect and report pertinent information on the impact of Alzheimer's disease in Florida. The bill, signed into law on June 27, 2019, requires the Committee to submit a report annually to the Governor and Legislature that includes information and recommendations on Alzheimer's disease policy, state-funded efforts relating to Alzheimer's disease, and updates to the Alzheimer's disease state plan. The legislation also requires the DOEA to update the Alzheimer's disease state plan triennially beginning on or before November 1, 2020, and establishes a memory disorder clinic at Miami Jewish Health Systems. For more information, please visit http://www.flsenate.gov/

September 25, 2019
Florida Department of Elder Affairs Releases Updates to the Profile of Older Floridians
This year’s Profile of Older Floridians (Profiles) has received a considerable update compared to previous years. The Profiles tell a story about the older population and can help organizations understand the needs in their areas to help improve the lives of the seniors. Each section provides a summary of the information contained in it, and there are an array of topics available, such as demographics, healthcare, community factors, and disaster readiness. Profiles are available for each county, Planning and Service Area (PSA), and at the state level. A User’s Guide has also been developed to showcase best practices and explain certain concepts in more detail. For more information, check out the links below to view your area’s profile and to read the guide. 2018 Profiles and 2018 Department Profile User's Guide

August 30, 2019
USDA Approves Early Release of September Food Assistance Benefits
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August 28, 2019
Governor Ron DeSantis Declares State of Emergency, Urges Floridians to Prepare for Hurricane Dorian
Press Release

August 2, 2019
Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Michelle Branham to the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee
Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Michelle Branham to the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee.
Michelle Branham
Branham, of Jacksonville Beach, is vice president of public policy for the Alzheimer’s Association. She currently serves as co-chair of the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Priority 9 and the Trust for America’s Health Advisory Council. Previously, she was a senior vice president of marketing for Adventure Holdings. Branham earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Stetson University and her master’s degree in theological studies and human relations from Emory University. She is appointed to a four-year term.
Press Release

June 28, 2019
DOEA Provides Important Guidance for ALF Rulemaking and ALF Core Trainer Matters Moved to AHCA

ALF Generator Rule | ALF Core Trainers

June 21, 2019
Secretary Prudom Issues Statement on Governor DeSantis’ Bold Vision for a Brighter Future Budget Signing

Press Release

June 14, 2019
Florida Department of Elder Affairs and Florida Department of Children and Families Recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
TALLAHASSEE – In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) and to help build safer communities for more than 5.5 million older Floridians, the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) will host statewide events for Floridians to learn about elder abuse and how to report abuse to authorities.
Press Release

June 10, 2019
Department of Elder Affairs Hosts Statewide Events in Recognition of Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Each year, June 15 is recognized as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Learn more about the signs of abuse, how to report it, and tips to prevent you or your loved one from becoming a victim of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
Click here to find an event near you

June 6, 2019
Governor DeSantis Issues Proclamation for the Anniversary of D-Day


May 13, 2019
Department of Elder Affairs Sponsors Legal Education Efforts During Elder Law Month, Older Americans Month

In recognition that May is Elder Law Month and Older Americans Month, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) is sponsoring local legal service providers to host consumer educational events throughout the state.
Press Release | List of events

May 8, 2019
DOEA Secretary Discusses Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act Before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging
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May 8, 2019
Governor DeSantis Issues Proclamation for Older Americans Month Proclamation

May 7, 2019
Department of Elder Affairs Annual Client Satisfaction Survey

The Department of Elder Affairs is currently conducting a statewide client satisfaction survey for those enrolled in the Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) program to determine how well our services meet the needs of participants. If you are currently receiving homemaker or housekeeping services through the CCE program, we want your feedback! The survey can be completed online, by telephone, or on paper. To participate online, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Satisfaction_Survey_Homemaker. To complete by phone or request a paper copy to be mailed to you, please contact the survey team leader at (850) 414-2128.

May 3, 2019
Florida Department of Elder Affairs creates Older Americans Month Social Media Toolkit

Check out our OAM Social Media Toolkit that includes suggestions, resources, and graphic materials to help celebrate OAM! Please use this media kit to promote Older Americans Month using the hashtags, #OAM19 and #ConnectCreateContribute across your social media platforms!
Social Media Kit

May 2, 2019
Department of Elder Affairs to Recognize Cape Coral Law Enforcement Efforts to Support Families Affected by Dementia

The Cape Coral Police Department is the first law enforcement entity in Lee County to complete training through DOEA’s Dementia Care and Cure Initiative (DCCI) to become Dementia-Caring.
Press Release

May 1, 2019
Governor DeSantis Applauds Senate Confirmation of Executive Agency Heads

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued the below statement following the Florida Senate’s confirmation of the Governor’s Executive Agency Heads.
Press Release

April 23, 2019

Florida Announced as the First State in the Sun Belt to Receive Age-Friendly State Designation
AARP Press Release |Governor's Office Press Release | Governor DeSantis and AARP CEO | Age-Friendly Group

April 5, 2019

Governor DeSantis Recognizes April as Volunteer Month in Florida Proclamation

March 26, 2019
Governor DeSantis Issues Proclamation for Florida Senior Day

TALLAHASSEE – Governor DeSantis has issued a proclamation to celebrate Florida Senior Day on March 27.

March 25, 2019
Department of Elder Affairs to Welcome More Than 1,500 Older Floridians at 19th Annual Florida Senior Day

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

March 21, 2019
Florida Department of Elder Affairs Revokes Registration of Professional Guardian for Violating Multiple Statutory Sections of Florida’s Guardianship Law

TALLAHASSEE – The Department of Elder Affairs’ Office of Public and Professional Guardians (OPPG) has issued a historic Final Order to revoke the registration of professional guardian Elizabeth “Betsy” Savitt for failing to comply with Florida’s guardianship laws. Savitt took fees from her wards before providing services and without court approval in violation of Chapter 744, Florida Statutes.
Press Release

March 13, 2019
Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Key Initiatives to Support Floridians with Alzheimer’s

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted key initiatives aimed at supporting Floridians living with Alzheimer’s and their caretakers. Speaking at the Evening of Hope fundraiser hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association in Palm Beach, the Governor outlined the measures taken by his administration. Press Release

December 4, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Safe Mobility for Life Program and Coalition invites all Floridians to participate in the national Older Driver Safety Awareness Week beginning Monday, December 3 through Friday, December 7. Press Release | Toolkit

August 9, 2018
Commenting for 701 Assessment Forms

The Department is seeking input regarding proposed changes to the forms used for screening and assessment of individuals seeking services from the aging network. If you would like to provide comment, please select the link to complete the survey for the form type you regularly use. Learn more about Commenting for 701 Assessment Forms

June 13, 2018
Department of Elder Affairs Hosts Statewide Events to Recognize Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Today, DOEA announced awareness events for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Click here to view the Press Release. Click here to find an event near you.

June 11, 2018
Governor Rick Scott Issues Proclamation for Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Florida

June 15 is recognized worldwide as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In Florida, the Department of Elder Affairs will host events to educate the public on elder abuse, the signs of elder abuse, and how to report it. View the proclamation here.

June 1, 2018
Department of Elder Affairs Releases 2018 Disaster Preparedness Guide

With the start of the 2018 Hurricane Season, the Department of Elder Affairs has released the 2018 Disaster Preparedness Guide to help Florida families prepare for the storm season and other emergency events.

Click here for an online copy, or call 850-414-2000 to be added to the mailing list for a hard copy in English or Spanish.

May 27, 2018
Subtropical Storm Alberto Update as of Sunday

Go to https://floridadisaster.org/INFO for accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation impacting the State of Florida.

May 14, 2018
Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Older Americans Month

To celebrate the many contributions of older Floridians and to join with other states across the nation, Governor Rick Scott has issued a proclamation recognizing May as Older Americans Month in Florida. Proclamation


March 26, 2018
Update on Emergency Generator Power Rule for Assisted Living Facilities

Rule 58A-5.036, Florida Administrative Code, has been ratified by the Florida Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Scott. Assisted Living Facilities have until June 1, 2018, to come into compliance with the requirements of the rule. For more details, click here.

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