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October 18, 2018
DOEA Recognizes Guardianship Month in Florida
Governor Rick Scott issued a proclamation earlier this month recognizing Florida as Guardianship Month in Florida.

Proclamation

October 18, 2018
Gov. Scott: More Housing Aid Coming to Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Michael
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) is helping families displaced by Hurricane Michael find affordable rental housing through Socialserve. Florida residents displaced by Hurricane Michael can visit the affordable rental housing locator service, www.FloridaHousingSearch.org, to find available units in Florida.

Press Release

October 17, 2018
Gov. Scott Issues Updates on Hurricane Michael Response
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott is in constant communication with federal, state and local emergency management officials and state agency leaders to ensure that communities impacted by Hurricane Michael are receiving everything they need. Governor Scott has surveyed damage from Hurricane Michael in Bay, Gadsden, Washington, Liberty, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Wakulla, Franklin and Jackson counties.

Press Release

October 15, 2018
DCF Replaces Food Assistance Benefits for Customers Impacted by Hurricane Michael
TALLAHASSEE – To assist families in recovery after Hurricane Michael, current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla, and Washington counties will receive replacement benefits at a 40 percent rate by close of business Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

Press Release

October 15, 2018
DCF Waives Restrictions on Using Food Assistance Benefits to Purchase Prepared Foods for Customers Impacted by Hurricane Michael
TALLAHASSEE – To assist families who evacuated or experienced storm damage related to Hurricane Michael, current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) customers are permitted to purchase hot foods with their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards at participating retailers through October 31.

Press Release

October 15, 2018
We are working to restore the local Elder Helpline phone system
Anyone calling to report unmet elder needs following Hurricane Michael, please use our Department's main line -- 850-414-2000 -- or call the State Assistance Information Line at 1-800-342-3557.

October 8, 2018
Food stamps to be released Tuesday in several Big Bend counties.

Read more at WTXL

October 8, 2018
Department of Elder Affairs Reminds All Residents to Have an Emergency Plan

2018 Disaster and Preparedness

September 24, 2018
Department of Elder Affairs Announces New Dementia Caring Community

Today, DOEA announced Alachua County and the City of Gainesville as its newest partner through the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative.
Press Release


News

September 20, 2018
Falls Prevention Awareness Day

September 22 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day. The annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) raises awareness about how to prevent falls-related injuries among older adults. National, state, and local partners collaborate to educate others about the impact of falls, share falls-prevention strategies, and advocate for the expansion of evidence-based community falls- prevention programs. Florida recognizes the importance of falls prevention in healthy living and promotes programs that help seniors to be free from falls.
Download the NCOA Falls Prevention Flyer | Proclamation

September 18, 2018
Employ Older Workers Week Proclamation

National Employ Older Workers Week, held annually the last full week of September, recognizes the vital role of older workers in the workforce. It also showcases the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which provides on-the-job skills training to individuals 55 or older with limited financial resources. Florida recognizes the importance of older workers in our state’s workforce and the positive impact they provide to our local economies.
Proclamation

September 1, 2018
Governor Scott Proclaims September Intergenerational Month

The Department of Elder Affairs hopes to raise awareness of intergenerational programs and activities and call attention to the importance of intergenerational activities that make communities stronger.
Proclamation

June 13, 2018
Department of Elder Affairs Hosts Statewide Events to Recognize Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Today, DOEA announced awareness events for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Click here to view the Press Release. Click here to find an event near you.

June 11, 2018
Governor Rick Scott Issues Proclamation for Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Florida

June 15 is recognized worldwide as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In Florida, the Department of Elder Affairs will host events to educate the public on elder abuse, the signs of elder abuse, and how to report it. View the proclamation here.

June 1, 2018
Department of Elder Affairs Releases 2018 Disaster Preparedness Guide

With the start of the 2018 Hurricane Season, the Department of Elder Affairs has released the 2018 Disaster Preparedness Guide to help Florida families prepare for the storm season and other emergency events.

Click here for an online copy, or call 850-414-2000 to be added to the mailing list for a hard copy in English or Spanish.

May 27, 2018
Subtropical Storm Alberto Update as of Sunday

Go to https://floridadisaster.org/INFO for accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation impacting the State of Florida.

May 14, 2018
Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Older Americans Month

To celebrate the many contributions of older Floridians and to join with other states across the nation, Governor Rick Scott has issued a proclamation recognizing May as Older Americans Month in Florida. Proclamation

Proclamation

March 26, 2018
Update on Emergency Generator Power Rule for Assisted Living Facilities

Rule 58A-5.036, Florida Administrative Code, has been ratified by the Florida Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Scott. Assisted Living Facilities have until June 1, 2018, to come into compliance with the requirements of the rule. For more details, click here.

March 23, 2018
The Department of Elder Affairs announces the solicitation of comments from the public regarding the 2016-2019 Senior Community Service Employment Program State Plan Modification.
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