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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.


January 28, 2015
Governor Scott Unveils 2015-2016 "Keep Florida Working Budget," Provides $8 Million to Support Florida's Elders
Governor Rick Scott's 2015-2016 "Keep Florida Working Budget" recommendations released today provide $8 million to serve Florida elders. Included in this funding is $5 million in new funding to support Florida elders most in need of services and $3 million in continued support of the Statewide Public Guardianship Office.
Press Release

January 26, 2015
Governor Scott Proposes $7.4 million for Three New State Veterans Nursing Homes
Samuel P. Verghese, Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, said, "Governor Scott is dedicated to making Florida the most veteran-friendly state in the country. More than 701,000 Floridians are veterans over the age of 65, and I commend Governor Scott for this investment and for honoring our elders who have served this country here and abroad. I am proud to live in a state so committed to veterans and know that we will continue to do all that we can to honor and support them."
Press Release

January 22, 2015
Secretary Verghese Presents DOEA Legislative Budget Request
On January 21, Secretary Verghese spoke on the Department’s budget requests before the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee. DOEA’s portion begins at just after the 29:22 mark.

January 22, 2015
Governor Rick Scott Selects Three Elders for Florida Women’s Hall of Fame
Governor Rick Scott announced the selection of Evelyn Cahn Keiser, Charlotte Edwards Maguire, M.D., and Mary Lee Farrior to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. These women where chosen from a group of ten distinguished nominees selected by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. They were considered for their work in making significant improvements in life for women and all citizens of Florida.
Press Release

January 20, 2015
Governor Scott Announces Proposed $470 Million in Cell Phone and TV Tax Cuts – Average Savings of More Than $40 Per Family
Press Release

December 23, 2014
Governor Rick Scott Announced Today Florida has overtaken New York as the 3rd most populous state
Press Release

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.
Press Release

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!


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