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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.


December 11, 2014
Governor Scott Appoints Secretary for Department of Elder Affairs
On December 11, Governor Scott appointed Samuel P. Verghese as new Secretary for the Department of Elder Affairs.
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November 6, 2014
Department of Elder Affairs Publishes Special, WWII Veterans Issue of Elder Update
In honor of the 70th Anniversary of key WWII moments, like the Battle of the Bulge and D-Day, the Department's Veterans Day issue is focused on Floridians who served in World War II. Their stories are captivating, and we hope you enjoy them!
View the Issue

October 14, 2014
Governor Rick Scott Issues Proclamation for Guardianship Month
Thank you to everyone who serves on behalf of those needing guardianship services!

October 8, 2014
Happy Birthday to Florida's Silver Alert Program
The Silver Alert program is a critical tool to protect these vulnerable members of our families and communities,” said Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Charles T. Corley. “It is especially important that we continue to support programs like Silver Alert as Florida’s elder population continues to grow. We are proud of this program’s success so far and of the commitment of all of our partners to safely bring home missing elders."
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September 7, 2014
Governor Rick Scott Issues Proclamation for Grandparents Day
Happy Grandparents Day to Florida’s 4.3 million grandparents!

August 01, 2014
DOEA Releases 2013-2014 Fact Sheet
The document lists highlights and accomplishments from the Fiscal Year 2013-2014, as well as budget increases for FY 2014-2015.
2014 Fact Sheet

June 18, 2014
DOEA Announces Special Election Period for Florida Medicare Beneficiaries Affected by Plan Termination
Florida Medicare has begun a Special Election Period (SEP) to aid Medicare beneficiaries who have lost their health care coverage offered through Physicians United Plan (PUP). The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will mutually terminate its contract with the PUP on July 1, 2014.
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June 18, 2014
Governor Scott Signs Legislation Supporting Floridians with Alzheimer's
Today, Governor Rick Scott announced he has signed House Bill 709 and House Bill 711, which creates a new Alzheimer Disease research program and further addresses the needs of people with Alzheimer's and their families that care for them.
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Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15 is recognized across the world as Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Department of Elder Affairs, through its Statewide Elder Abuse Prevention Program, promotes the education of elders, caregivers, and families in order to recognize the signs of abuse and to prevent the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of seniors. If you are a victim or suspect abuse, please call the toll-free Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).
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DOEA Seeks Assistance with Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers' Survey
The Department of Elder Affairs is conducting a statewide survey of caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD). The survey will collect information on caregiving conditions in Florida, the needs of persons with ADRD and their caregivers, and knowledge about the availability of services. The survey is available in both English and Spanish. Please visit http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/purple_ribbon.php for more information.

Department Releases 2014 Disaster Preparedness Guide
DOEA has published the 2014 guide in English and Spanish in preparation for the hurricane season, but the guide contains information useful for emergency events year-round. View the guide here:
English Spanish

Department of Elder Affairs Helps Launch "Living Healthy in Florida" Initiative
Secretary Corley joined Commissioner Adam Putnam, elected officials, and other partners to announce the Initiative, which will promote health and nutrition for all Floridians.
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DOEA Website Nominated for Best Government and Education Site for Seniors. Vote for DOEA here:

State Plan on Aging Advisory Group Tracks Accomplishments
The Florida State Plan on Aging provides strategic direction to the Florida elder services network by documenting priorities through the goals, objectives, and strategies that are detailed in the plan.

Four Seniors Found Safe After Florida Lottery Joins New Silver Alert Partnership
A recent expansion of the Florida Silver Alert Program that displays the images of missing seniors on lottery ticket terminals at convenience stores has already proven to be a success.  In the course of less than a month, four seniors who had gone missing were found because of this initiative.
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Governor Scott Announces Appointment to the Alzheimer's Disease Advisory Council
Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of William "Bill" Wertman to the Alzheimer's Disease Advisory Council.
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Governor Scott Announces Appointments to the DOEA Advisory Council
Governor Rick Scott announced two appointments and one reappointment to the Department of Elder Affairs Advisory Council.
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Governor Scott Recommends More Than $33 Million to Serve Florida Seniors.
Today, as a part of his It's Your Money Tax Cut Budget, Governor Scott unveiled his Enriching Seniors Initiative, which will provide $33.6 million to serve elder Floridians most in need of care.
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Department of Elder Affairs announces appointment of State Ombudsman for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program.
Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ Secretary Charles T. Corley today announced the appointment of Leigh Davis to the position of State Ombudsman for the Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.
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2013 Hospice Demographic and Outcome Measures Report Available
This report analyzes outcome measures as well as demographic and diagnostic data submitted by Florida's 43 certified hospices.

DOEA Helps Florida Housing Finance Corporation Launch New Program to Assist Elder Homeowners with Reverse Mortgages
The Elderly Mortgage Assistance Program (ELMORE) will provide up to $25,000 to seniors who have reverse mortgages, suffer financial hardship, and are at risk of foreclosure. For more information, including eligibility requirements, please visit www.floridaelmore.org or call 1-800-601-3534 to find out if you are eligible for assistance.
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