Florida Department of Elder Affairs

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 […]

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 […]

Ombudsman plays key role in lives of long-term care residents

Ombudsman plays key role in lives of long-term care residents

Ombudsmen play a critical role in ensuring quality of care and life for residents of long-term care facilities. Once acting more like regulators and inspectors, North Regional Ombudsman Manager Michael Phillips said ombudsmen have shifted to putting more of the focus on the residents. “We’ve become more resident centered and directed. And by that, I […]

Budget provides boost to senior services

Budget provides boost to senior services

With the 65 and older population still on the rise in Florida, the decision by Governor Rick Scott to devote $315.5 million to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs is one that makes sense. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

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 […]

Food-insecurity among Santa Rosa County seniors

Food-insecurity among Santa Rosa County seniors

Food-insecurity, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture, is “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” While some citizens age 65 and over are healthy and independent, a good number of them rely on help from various food programs in order to supply simple, everyday meals. […]