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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.
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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
STATEWIDE COALITION ENCOURAGES FLORIDIANS TO BE PROACTIVE ABOUT DRIVING SKILLS AND PLAN FOR A SAFE TRANSITION FROM DRIVING

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

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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.

March 23, 2018
The Department of Elder Affairs announces the solicitation of comments from the public regarding the 2016-2019 Senior Community Service Employment Program State Plan Modification.
Public Notice

January 23, 2018
The Department of Elder Affairs is concerned about the safety of all elders in the State of Florida.

With that in mind, the Department of Health (DOH) has issued a health advisory that it will be distributing to all nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Influenza activity levels are high across both the state the nation. Please review the attached advisory issued from Dr. Blackmore, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection at the Department of Health. As a reminder, flu outbreaks can be controlled by performing the following: good handwashing, vaccinating against the flu, isolation protocols, antiviral treatment, limiting contact with individuals with symptoms of the flu. You may find additional information by going to The Center for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/treatment.htm

Letter from the Florida Department of Health

January 22, 2018
More than 1,500 Older Floridians to Celebrate at 18th Annual Florida Senior Day

On Wednesday, January 24, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) and United Way of Florida will host Florida Senior Day, an annual event that will bring more than 1,500 elders and advocates from across the state to Tallahassee to honor the many contributions of Florida seniors.

“We are proud to partner with United Way again to host Florida Senior Day, and we invite you to join us as we celebrate the 5.3 million seniors that are a treasure to our state,” said Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Jeff Bragg. “We have a day of entertainment, awareness, and advocacy planned, and we are thankful for such great partners who will be on-site to share resources and information for all of our guests.”

Press Release

January 9, 2018
PUBLIC INPUT ON GUARDIANSHIP

The Florida Supreme Court’s Guardianship Workgroup and Florida’s Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS) announce another public event to hear input on guardianship. Members of the public will be able to share their concerns about guardianship.
DATE: Thursday, February 1, 2018 TIME: 4–7 p.m.
LOCATION: Orange County Courthouse
425 North Orange Avenue, Suite 180
Orlando, Florida 32801
For more details, please see the attached notice.

January 4, 2018
NTG Sponsored Training

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Department of Elder Affairs are pleased to present the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG) training on January 24-25, in Orlando, Florida. The workshop is appropriate for any staff with direct or ancillary care responsibilities of older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in both disability-related, health care, and aging-related agencies. For more information about the training and to register, please visit: https://www.regonline.com/dementiacapableOrlando.

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