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Submitting Information to Elder Update

Elder Update is published bi-monthly by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs with the following specific purpose:

  • Helping make a reality the Department's vision of leading the nation in assisting elders to age in place, with dignity, purpose, security, and in an elder-friendly community.

  • Better informing Florida's elders and their caregivers about the Department of Elder Affairs' programs and services, as well as those of other agencies and organizations in Florida.

  • Representing the geographic and cultural diversity of Florida's elder population.

Elder Update Circulation: est. 50,000

Elder Update Article Submission Deadlines

Edition Submission Deadline


November 19, 2018


January 16, 2019


March 22, 2019

Disaster Preparedness Guide*

May 10, 2019


 July 29, 2019


 September 20, 2019

 January/February 2020

 November 21, 2019

Submissions Policy

  • Elder Update welcomes submissions from its readers. However, due to the volume of submissions, acknowledgments cannot be mailed.

  • All submissions must provide accurate information to Florida's elders about aging-relating programs and services and complement the Department's mission.

Our Mission

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

  • Manuscripts may be in the form of hard copy (typed, double-spaced) or e-mail. Please do not send certified mail. The editor reserves the right to edit submitted material.

Letters to the Editor

  • We welcome letters from our readers. However, due to the volume of letters received, all Letters to the Editor may not be answered.

  • Letters may be edited to fit the space allotted; however, every effort will be made to preserve the ideas and intent of the writer.


  • Articles should be between 500 and 750 words in length. ‚ÄĘ Photographs or graphics are encouraged.

  • Inclusion in our publication is based on space available and the content of the submission.

  • Editor reserves the right to edit submitted material.

  • Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Caregiver support and information;

  • Community-based service programs;

  • Health-related information concerning health conditions associated with aging to promote wellness and safety;

  • Elder abuse and fraud prevention;

  • Active aging-stories about elders maintaining an active lifestyle while contributing to their communities;

  • Programs and services that help elders continue living independently, with dignity and purpose;

  • Senior volunteers;

  • Social Security;

  • Stories from our elder veterans; and

  • Any other topic that is of interest to Florida's elders and their caregivers.

  • Please note that we cannot accept any advertisements or articles that appear to indirectly or directly endorse a product or service for sale.

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