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Hurricane Irma


September 21, 2017
Assisted Living Facilities Emergency Rule 58AER17-1 - Click Here
Questions and Answers

Attention Small Business Owners: The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated by the Governor of Florida as a result of Hurricane Irma.

This program provides a source of expedient cash flow to Florida small businesses that have been physically and/or economically impacted by the storm. These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance. http://www.floridadisasterloan.org/

September 21, 2017
DOEA & DOH Recognize Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Education events and webinars are scheduled beginning Sep. 21 in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Falls Prevention Awareness Day.
Press Release | Register for Sep. 21 Webinar | Register for Sep. 29 Webinar

September 19, 2017
National Task Group Sponsored Education and Training

Registration for the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG) training, to be held in October at the Department’s headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida, is now open and can be found at this web page: https://aadmd.org/index.php?q=ntg/schedule. This training has two tracks: a two-day Basic Workshop on Monday and Tuesday, October 23 and 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, which covers the basics of understanding dementia in adults with intellectual disabilities, and a three-day "Train-the-Trainer" Workshop on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 23, 24, and 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, which is for those wishing to become an Affiliated NTG Regional Trainer.

September 16, 2017
Notice of Emergency Rule - Click Here

September 7, 2017
USDA Food Safety Content for Hurricanes and Older Adults

With Hurricane Irma heading our direction, and Hurricane Jose close behind, we would like to remind everyone about the importance of food safety during and after a storm. Hurricanes can cause flooding and power outages that can affect the safety of the food supply for storm-damaged areas. Keeping in mind that older adults are at an increased risk for food-borne illnesses makes food safety a topic we cannot afford to ignore.
Food Safety Before, During After a Power Outage” infographic
A Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes

September 6, 2017
DOEA Shares Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders
Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders - English
Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders - Spanish

August 30, 2017
Governor Scott Issues proclamation for Senior Center Month in Florida

August 23, 2017
Florida Crossroads Documentary Highlights Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in Communities of Color

When it Happens to You: Alzheimer’s Disease in Florida. The second part of this documentary series focuses on Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias in communities of color in Florida. African Americans and Hispanics have been found to develop dementia at higher rates than Caucasians but are less likely to seek early diagnoses. Supportive care and cure programs throughout the state assist in breaking down the stigmas and barriers individuals with dementia and their loved ones may experience while promoting supportive services for caregivers and their loved ones. DOEA’s Dementia Care and Cure Initiative aims to continue breaking down those barriers by promoting awareness of dementia and the programs that encourage the care of those with dementia. Find more information about the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative here.
Watch the video here

August 14, 2017
Tallahassee Memorial Memory Disorder clinic is featured in a three part Documentary done by Florida Crossroads.

When it Happens to You: Alzheimer’s Disease in Florida. The first part of the series focuses on the importance of early detection and encouraging those to seek a full evaluation at the first warning signs. Early detection can be beneficial getting you access to available treatments, developing your care team, advance care planning for your health care decisions and finances. It also touches on the importance of incorporating exercise, socialization, and healthy eating into your lifestyle.
Watch the video here

June 15, 2017
Department of Elder Affairs Recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness Day

TALLAHASSEE – In recognition of June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and to help build safer communities for Florida’s 5.2 million seniors, the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) encourages all Floridians to educate themselves about elder abuse and how to report any suspicion or knowledge of elder abuse, while also working to end all forms of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Press Release

June 12, 2017
Governor Scott Issues proclamation observing June 15th as Elder Abuse Awareness Day


May 25, 2017
Gov. Scott Signs Legislation to Cut $180 Million in Taxes for Floridians

This includes $32.7 million in cuts for low-income Floridians and Florida seniors. More here.

May 5, 2017
Elder Affairs Secretary Jeffrey Bragg Confirmed by Florida Senate

Today, the full Senate voted favorably for the confirmation of Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Jeffrey S. Bragg. Secretary Bragg has served as Secretary since September 2016. Click here for more information on Secretary Bragg.

May 1, 2017
DOEA Marks Older Americans Month 2017
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More information available here

April 3, 2017
The Summary of Programs and Services has been updated to provide the public and the Legislature with the most up-to-date information about programs and services for Florida’s elders.

April 1, 2017
Governor Scott issues proclamation for Volunteer Month in Florida

March 24, 2017
Governor Scott Fights to Cut Fees for Florida Seniors
See fact sheet

March 23, 2017
Department of Elder Affairs and United Way of Florida to Host Florida Senior Day

Tallahassee: On Wednesday, March 29, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) and United Way of Florida will host Florida Senior Day, an annual celebration that will bring more than 1,500 elders and advocates from across Florida to Tallahassee to honor the many contributions of Florida seniors. “Florida’s 5.2 million elders are a treasure to our state, and we are thrilled to host Florida Senior Day for the 17th year to honor them,” said Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Jeff Bragg. “We have a day of celebration, 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.”
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February 8, 2017
Accreditation Team Invites Public Comments About The Florida Department Of Elder Affairs Office Of Inspector General

Tallahassee: A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive April 4, 2017, to examine all aspects of the Department of Elder Affairs Office of Inspector General’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement and investigative practitioners from similar agencies and will review written/electronic materials and interview individuals within the investigative unit to determine compliance with approximately 46 standards. The Department of Elder Affairs Office of Inspector General has to comply with these standards in order to receive and maintain accredited status.
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January 31, 2017
Governor Scott’s “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget Fights to Expand Services to Florida Elders

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott’s 2017-18 “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget recommends $315.5 million for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to reduce waitlists for frail elders in need of services, expand programs that protect impoverished elders needing guardianship, and assist individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Press Release

January 4, 2017
Governor Rick Scott Appoints Twelve to Department of Elder Affairs Advisory Council

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of one and the appointment of eleven to the Department of Elderly Affairs Advisory Council. Dottie Peoples, of Navarre, is the former executive director of the Northwest Florida Area Agency on Aging. She succeeds Neil Davis and is appointed for a term beginning January 4, 2017, and ending September 30, 2017.
Press Release

January 3, 2017
DOEA Consumer Resource Guide

An updated Consumer Resource Guide is now available. This guide, developed for elders and their families, contains practical health and aging-related information along with contact information for organizations and agencies that can provide additional assistance.
Consumer Resource Guide 8th Edition

December 5, 2016
Governor Scott issues proclamation for Intergenerational Week

November 2, 2016
Department of Elder Affairs Announces Florida Family Caregiver Month

Today, the Department announced November 2016 as Florida Family Caregiver Month.
Press Release
Governor Rick Scott issued a proclamation recognizing November as Florida Family Caregivers Month.
Caregiver Fact Sheet
Take a look at Florida’s Caregiver Profile.

October 18, 2016
DOEA Shares Information for Post-Hurricane Matthew Assistance

For more information, visit http://floridadisaster.org/info/

October 13, 2016
Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Guardianship Month

Governor Rick Scott issued the following proclamation recognizing October as Guardianship Month to recognize the many Floridians who serve as family, professional, or public guardians.

September 22, 2016
Governor Scott issues proclamation for falls prevention awareness day

September 21, 2016
Governor Scott Announces the Appointment of Jeffrey Bragg as the Secretary of the Department of Elder Affairs

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Jeffrey Bragg as the Secretary of the Department of Elder Affairs. Sam Verghese announced that he will be leaving the Agency on September 23rd to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Jeffrey Bragg will begin September 23rd.

Governor Scott said, “Today, I am happy to appoint Jeffrey Bragg as the Secretary of Elder Affairs. He has over 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors, and is a proven leader who is uniquely qualified for this position. His experience as well as his management skills will bring new ideas to the department. I am confident he will be a great advocate for the elderly in our state. I am thankful for Sam Verghese’s service to Florida families. He showed great care for the elderly in our state and I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Prior to his appointment, Jeffrey Bragg served as the Executive Director of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program at the U.S. Department of Treasury from 2003 until 2014. From 2001 until 2003, Bragg also served as Senior Vice President for Zurich Risk Management and Executive Vice President for Insurance Management Solutions Group from 1997 until 2000. From 1981 until 1986, Bragg served under the Reagan Administration at the Federal Emergency Management Agency where he was the Administrator for the National Flood Insurance Plan. Bragg received his Bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University.

September 9, 2016
DCF and DOEA Share SNAP Food Assistance Update Following Hurricane Hermine

The Florida Department of Children and Families is hoping to aid the fight against hunger by offering a food replacement authorization for SNAP recipients who lost food due to power outages caused by Hurricane Hermine.

Current SNAP customers can receive replacement of destroyed food that was purchased with SNAP benefits. The replacement cannot be more than the amount of SNAP benefits the household is entitled to during the month. There must be proof of the household disaster, and the loss must be reported within 10 days of the disaster with a signed statement. Replacements are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

To report food loss or to request replacement benefits, customers can obtain the Food Assistance Replacement Authorization Form. Customers can submit the form via fax at 1-866-886-4342 or mail it to: ACCESS Central Mail Center, P.O. Box 1770, Ocala, FL 34478-1770. Customers can also submit the form in person at a DCF service center, or call for additional information at 1-866-762-2237.

If the customer does not live in one of the counties affected by Hurricane Hermine, they will need to provide documentation of the cause of their loss before benefits can be replaced.

August 30, 2016
Department of Elder Affairs Warns Floridians of Phone Scam
Tallahassee – The Department of Elder Affairs is warning Florida residents to watch out for scam artists who are allegedly making calls pretending to be the Department or an organization they refer to as Senior Services. These callers are using a method known as “spoofing” to make it appear on Caller ID as if the call is coming from a number belonging to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ fax line – (850) 414-2004.
Press Release

August 10, 2016
DOEA Announces Podcast to Honor Florida Seniors
Living the Legacy shares the legacies of our elders as they discuss their amazing life experiences, contributions, and wisdom.
Press Release

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