Ashley Chambers

Florida seeking input on ways to serve seniors

Florida seeking input on ways to serve seniors

People age 60 and older in Florida already number more than 5 million, accounting for a little over 25% of the state’s population. That number is projected to rise significantly in the years ahead, hitting the 8 million mark by 2040. That is why having a state plan on aging in place is critical.   […]

Knowledge is power when it comes to understanding elder law

Knowledge is power when it comes to understanding elder law

Elder law has plenty of layers to it, but legal service providers exist to help seniors navigate their way through it all and keep them informed of their rights and where to turn when they need legal help. “As they say, knowledge is power,” said Ashley Chambers, director of communications for the Florida Department of […]

Latest Medicare scam involves genetic testing

Latest Medicare scam involves genetic testing

Scams targeting seniors are ever evolving and the latest one involves companies promoting free genetic testing, cancer screening and DNA testing. The scam is elaborate, according to Marti Hearn, a Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) liaison, with the scammer collecting a DNA sample and then telling the person it will sent to the […]

Silver Alert remains valuable tool in locating vulnerable elders

Silver Alert remains valuable tool in locating vulnerable elders

Nearly 2,100 alerts have been issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement since the Florida Silver Alert program went into place in 2008. In that time, it has been directly responsible for the recovery of 219 people. Silver Alert has been critical in a state like Florida where more than 4.3 million people ages […]

Age-friendly designation given to Florida

Age-friendly designation given to Florida

Florida has been awarded an age-friendly designation through the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. The initiative to create age-friendly communities and states began in 2012. The Sunshine State currently has 26 communities with the designation. The state now has it as well.   Read the full article in the May 2 issue of […]

Florida among states not getting any younger

Florida among states not getting any younger

America isn’t getting any younger and Florida is among the leaders in greying states. In less than 10 years, the percentage of Americans 65 and older living in Florida will stand at 26 percent, up significantly from the current 19 percent, which as of now, is the highest in the country. Read the full article […]

Dementia initiative crucial in combating disease expected to become more prevalent in state

Dementia initiative crucial in combating disease expected to become more prevalent in state

In 10 years, Florida will be the home to more than 720,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in Americans 65 and older. The state is prepared to battle, though, through the Dementia Care & Cure Initiative. “As the number of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in Florida continued […]

Peoples appointed to advisory council

Peoples appointed to advisory council

Dottie Peoples retired as the executive director of the Northwest Florida Area Agency on Aging in 2011. She still serves on the agency’s board and was recently given another opportunity to work closely with the group, landing a spot on the Florida Department of Elderly Affairs Advisory Council. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

SHINE program signs light on understanding Medicare

SHINE program signs light on understanding Medicare

Understanding the benefits of Medicare can be a complicated for some and that’s where the Florida SHINE program comes into play. For more than two decades, SHINE, which stands for Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, has provided information, counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and their families on Medicare and other questions they may […]

Silver Alert program vital to locating missing seniors

Silver Alert program vital to locating missing seniors

Driving along a highway on any given day, the signs above the road may flash the words Silver Alert followed by a vehicle description and the license tag number. The Florida Silver Alert Plan was established in 2008 and made into a law by the Florida Legislature in 2011. Its purpose is to help law […]

Spoofing used in exploitation of senior citizens

Spoofing used in exploitation of senior citizens

No state has a larger elderly population in the nation than Florida. More than 4.9 million residents are 60 years of age or older, accounting for 24 percent of the state’s population, and scam artists are eager to exploit it. “Exploitation and fraud is one of the biggest categories of abuse against elders,” said Ashley […]