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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

July 8, 2016
Media Advisory: Tallahassee & Leon County Dementia Advisory Council to Convene at Elder Affairs
On Tuesday, July 12, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) will host the inaugural meeting of the City of Tallahassee/Leon County Advisory Council for the Department’s Dementia Care and Cure Initiative (DCCI), which aims to improve the lives of those affected by dementia in the area and support continued efforts to find a cure.
Media Advisory

June 15, 2016
Governor Rick Scott issues Proclamation for Elder Abuse Prevention Day

June 9, 2016
Department of Elder Affairs to Recognize Elder Abuse Awareness Day
In recognition of June 15 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day and to help build safer communities for Florida’s 4.9 million seniors, the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) will host a fraud prevention seminar to educate seniors, families, local businesses, and caregivers on preventing frauds, scams, and identity theft.
Media Advisory

April 15, 2016
Governor Rick Scott Appoints Four to Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee
TALLAHASSEE – The Governor has announced two appointments and two reappointments to the Committee.
Press Release

April 7, 2016
Department of Elder Affairs Announces First Dementia Caring Community in Florida
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Sam Verghese today announced Leon County and the City of Tallahassee as the first Dementia Caring Community in Florida through the Department’s Dementia Care and Cure Initiative.
Press Release

April 1, 2016
Department of Elder Affairs to Announce First Dementia Caring Community in Florida on Thursday, April 7
With more than 510,000 individuals currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common and well-known type of dementia, Florida has the second highest incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. In response, we seek to lead the nation by taking action at the community level to support those diagnosed with dementia, their families, and caregivers – bettering communities and the state overall.
Media Advisory | Press Release | Learn more

March 14, 2016
DOEA Secretary Verghese to Speak at the 19th Annual Alzheimer’s Educational Conference
Taking place in Palm Beach, the Secretary will participate in the conference, which is hosted by Alzheimer’s Community Care, a non-profit organization committed to ongoing advocacy efforts. With the theme of “Pathways: Navigating Your Way,” the conference will provide family and professional caregivers, as well as healthcare providers, with the knowledge and tools necessary to give the best possible care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related neurocognitive disorders.
Press Release

February 19, 2016
Elder Affairs Secretary Sam Verghese Confirmed by Florida Senate
On February 18, 2016, the full Senate voted favorably for the confirmation of Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Samuel P. Verghese. Secretary Verghese has served as Secretary since December of 2014.

January 22, 2016
Department of Elder Affairs and United Way of Florida to Host Florida Senior Day
TALLAHASSEE – On Wednesday, January 27, 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.
Press Release

January 21, 2016
official picture Secretary Verghese joined Governor Scott, the Florida Cabinet, and Volunteer Florida to present a well-deserved Champion of Service Award to Ms. Eddie Mae Bennett - a local elder who has been volunteering for more than 40 years
Governor's Press Release | Large Picture


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