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The Florida Council
on Aging is
committed to serving
Florida's diverse
aging interests
through education,
and advocacy.
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Founded in 1955, the
Florida Council on
Aging is Florida's
only statewide
representing virtually
all aging interests
and many different


If you are seeking assistance for an older adult, and calling from Florida, please call 1-800-96-ELDER. Outside of Florida, visit the Florida Aging and Disability Resource Center webpage to select the office that covers the county you are seeking help in. The Aging and Disability Resource Center will help you identify organizations that can best meet the needs of you and your family.

The mission of the Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is to improve the quality of life for all Florida long-term care residents by advocating for and protecting their health, safety, welfare and rights. For more information visit http://ombudsman.myflorida.com/. To file a complaint about a long-term care facility visit http://ombudsman.myflorida.com/Complaint.php for a list of resources that can assist you and your loved ones.

NEW RESOURCE ON ELDER ABUSE - Data suggests that one in 10 older adults in the United States experience physical, psychological, and sexual abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. Elder abuse violates older adults’ fundamental rights to be safe and free from violence. In low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of violence is the greatest, the prevalence of elder abuse is likely higher. With the global population of adults older than 60 expected to double to 1.2 billion by 2025, the number of older adults will exceed the number of children for the first time in history. Despite the growing magnitude of elder abuse, it has been an underappreciated public health problem.   http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=18518&page=R5

How To Report Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

Phone: Call Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873). This toll free number is available 24/7.  TDD (Telephone Device for the Deaf): 1-800-453-5145

Fax: To make a report via fax, please send a detailed written report with your name and contact telephone to 1-800-914-0004. Download the Florida Abuse Hotline’s fax reporting form.

Online: Go to DCF Web site at www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/abuse/report.shtml


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Long-Distance Caregiver Safety Tips

  1. Meet your parents’ neighbors and friends. Exchange contact information and ask them to check on your parent when/if appropriate.  Ask neighbors to call you if they see mail or newspapers piling up or any unusual activity.
  2. Gather a list of emergency services, eldercare and related contacts in the community. A list of professionals you can call upon to check on a family member should you not be able to connect with neighbors or friends. 
  3. Do a safety evaluation of the home.  Are the locks on doors and windows in good working order?  Know who has access to a spare key.  Make sure there adequate lighting on the outside of the house.  Motion detector lights for ‘dark corners’ of the property are often a good idea.
  4. Consider a personal emergency response system. These types of devices can help in a variety of different situations, including home invasion or fire.
  5. Set up a ‘check-in’ time.  You can set up a time for your parent to call, text, email or utilize any number of caregiver apps to connect daily.
  6. Families may want to install cameras or motion detectors in the home so family members can check on parents or loved ones any time of the day.  There are a number of smart devices on the market to choose from.

Food Insecurity and Seniors

AARP Hunger Fact Sheet

The Health Consequences of Senior Hunger in the United States: Evidence from the 1999-2010 NHANES

National Foundation to End Senior Hunger

New Tools to Fight Senior Hunger from the National Council on Aging

Medicare Resources

Kaiser Family Foundation - Medicare Part D In Its 9th Year: The 2014 Marketplace and Key Trends 2006-2014

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Aging Links

AARP Florida

AARP National Office

Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (AoA)

Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)

Institute on Aging Friendship (Crisis) Hotline

Aging Resource Centers of Florida

Alliance for Aging Research

ALS Association

Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support

Alzheimer's & Dementia Resource Center

Alzheimer's Disease Education & Referral Center (ADEAR)

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP)

American Cancer Society

American Geriatrics Society (AGS)

American Heart Association

American Medical Association (AMA)

American Nurses Association

American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc.

American Society on Aging (ASA)

American Therapeutic Recreation Association

American Occupational Therapy Association

AoA Natl. Family Caregiver Support Program Online

Arthritis Foundation

Assisted Living Federation of America (Now Argentum)

Attorney General/Consumer Protection

Caregiver Action Network

Caregiving Online


ElderCare Locator


Family Caregiver Alliance

USA.Gov Senior Citizens Resources

Florida Adult Day Services Association (FADSA)

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology (FAAST)

Florida Association of Aging Services Providers (FASP)

Florida Association of Area Agencies on Aging (F4A) or Florida Association of Aging Resource & Disability Centers

Florida Bar Elder Law Section (ELS)

Florida Commission on Human Relations

Florida Council on Aging

Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling

Florida Dept. of Children & Families, Adult Services

Florida Dept. of Elder Affairs (DOEA)

--DOEA State Plan 2017-2020

Florida Geriatric Care Managers Association (NOW Aging Life Care Association, Florida Chapter)

Florida Geriatrics Society

Florida Health Care Association

Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association

Florida Life Care Residents Association (FLICRA)

Florida Literacy Coalition

Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA)

Florida Medical Quality Assurance, Inc. (FMQAI)

Florida Power & Light - Energy Saving Resources and Community Resources

Florida Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center

Florida State Government Information Online

Florida State Guardianship Association (FSGA)

Gerontological Society of America (GSA)

Harvard Health

Hospice Foundation of America

Internet Literacy Program




--LGBT Older Adults in Long-Term Care Facilities: Stories from the Field

--LGBT Senior Living

Meals on Wheels Association of America

Medical Newswire


Memory Disorder Clinics Florida

Mesothelioma Information

National Alliance for Caregiving

National Association for Health & Fitness (NAHF)

National Association for Hispanic Elderly - Associacion Nacional Pro Personas Mayores

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A)

National Association of Nutrition & Aging Services Programs (NANASP)

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Florida Chapter

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (Formerly NASUA)

National Caucus & Center on Black Aged

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

National Center on Physical Activity & Disability (NCPAD)

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

National Council on Aging (NCOA)

National Council on Aging Benefits Checkup Website

National Hispanic Council On Aging (NHCoA)

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

National Institute of Mental Health

National Institutes of Health

National Institute on Aging

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Osteoporosis Foundation

National Senior Citizens Law Center

National Stroke Association

NetWellness - Consumer Health Information

Older Women's League

Pharmaceutical and Medical Abbreviations Dictionary

Prescription Drug Assistance Programs:

-- www.rxhope.com

-- www.needymeds.com

-- www.benefitscheckup.org

-- www.pparx.org

Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Florida

Retirement Research Foundation

Senior Living Map (housing)

Senior Mobility

SHINE Program

Silver Alert Florida

Social Security Administration

Southern Gerontological Society

Statewide Public Guardianship Office

Stroke Network

Today's Caregiver Magazine

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

U.S. Department of Labor

Veterans Benefits Administration

WebMD Health Information Online

Handouts: DOEA Profile, DOEA Press Release, Dementia Care & Cure Initiative Background Information & Goals, and Alzheimer's Association Statistics



AgeLine (http://www.ebscohost.com/academic/ageline) A searchable electronic database containing detailed summaries of publications about older adults and aging, including books, journal and magazine articles, and research reports.

5 Challenges For the Non-Profit World In 2012

Lifelong Communities/Communities for Life - Age Friendly Canada Report


The links on this page are provided as an educational resource for persons researching aging issues. The presence of the link on this page is not an indication that Florida Council on Aging has endorsed any particular position(s) that may be found among them.