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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.


November 23, 2015
Governor Scott Unveils Florida First Budget, Increases Funding for Elders and Caregivers
Secretary Sam Verghese said, “Governor Scott has again demonstrated his commitment to supporting Florida’s seniors. This funding will support more Floridians affected by Alzheimer’s disease, provide services for elders at risk for nursing home placement, and position the Department to better serve Florida’s 4.9 million elders.”
Press Release

November 02, 2015
Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
Tallahassee - Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.

November 02, 2015
Florida Family Caregiver Month
Tallahassee - Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Florida Family Caregiver Month.

October 8, 2015
Florida Celebrates Seven Years of the Silver Alert Program
Today marks the seven year anniversary of the inception of Florida’s Silver Alert program. Since 2008, 1,134 Silver Alerts have been issued, and residents across Florida have used the Silver Alert program to help locate and safely return elders with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia who go missing in a vehicle.
Press Release

September 23, 2015
Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Falls Prevention Awareness Day
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older Floridians and threaten the health and independence of elders. Falls prevention programs help educate the public about the issue and provide information that help keep elders safe.

September 18, 2015
DOEA and CareerSource Capital Region to Host Job and Resource Fair for Older Floridians
Tallahassee - The Department of Elder Affairs and CareerSource Capital Region are partnering to host a job and resource fair in Tallahassee on September 23 in recognition of Employ Older Workers Week.
Press Release

September 11, 2015
Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Grandparents Day, September 13
With more than 4.5 million grandparents in Florida, Governor Rick Scott has issued a proclamation recognizing them for the important role they play across communities in Florida.

September 1, 2015
Food Assistance for Seniors in the Big Bend Region of Florida
To assist seniors who may have been impacted by the recent cuts to America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, the Department of Elder Affairs has made information available.
Click here to access.

August 28, 2015
Governor Scott Urges All Floridians to Prepare for Tropical Storm Erika
Today, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 15-173 declaring a state of emergency in every county within the state of Florida in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika.
To view Executive Order 15-173, click here.

August 12, 2015
Department of Elder Affairs Announces Dementia Care and Cure Initiative
Today, Secretary Verghese announced a new initiative of the Department to improve the lives of Floridians affected by dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Press Release


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