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Hurricane Irma

As we continue our recovery and cleanup efforts, please visit the Emergency website for the latest information on openings and closings in Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez invites you to join the challenge and help our community take steps toward fostering a physical and social environment for all ages to stay active and healthy.

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Assisted Living

Public Housing and Community Development provides assisted living designed to meet the physical and emotional needs of elderly public housing.

Meals for the Elderly

Community Action and Human Services provide hot, nutritious meals for the elderly.


Mayor's Initiative on Aging

Together with public and private partners, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez is advocating for some of the most vulnerable members of our community and making a difference in their lives. The Mayor's Initiative on Aging provides resources and information on programs and activities for seniors throughout the County.

The Initiative assists in coordinating educational forums for elders and professionals, health and fitness fairs to promote wellness and safety among older adults, hurricane preparedness education and kit distribution.

The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative is conducting a survey among residents age 50 and over to understand the community's views and what we will need as we age in order to make our community a great place to live, work and play. Take the survey. Your answers will be used to update our Age-Friendly Action Plan.

Managing Alzheimer's and Dementia for the Caregiver

If you have a loved one with Alzheimer's or are caring for someone with AD or a related dementia, there is now a course that will help you learn not just theory but hands-on strategies.

  • Learn about prevention and redirection techniques to help manage difficult behaviors, practical, hands-on methods of caregiving tips with activities of daily living and stress reduction techniques.
  • Free respite care available for your loved one if needed.
  • Free lunch will be provided.
  • Free parking is available in parking garage 5 (PG5).

February 9 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, AH3, Room 409

Registration is required, call Vicky Quitana, MSW at 305-856-8940 ext. 105.

Mind and Melody

Mind and Melody brings innovative music entertainment to the comfort of your home. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for your loved one.

  • Services offered include a 1 hour interactive music session with live performances and unique instruments.
  • Benefits: See your loved one happy & engaged, social interaction, break from routine, cognitive stimulation and innovative activity.
  • Complete registration form.

For more information, call 305-582-1006 or email [email protected]

Miami-Dade County Wellbeing Survey

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is conducting the Wellbeing Survey to identify the needs, opinions, and views of Miami-Dade County residents as it relates to the communities that you reside. Your opinion matters and we want you to participate in the survey.

By completing the survey, you will help answer the following questions:

  • What is important to the community?
  • How is the quality of life perceived in the community?
  • What assets does the community have that can be used to improve community health?

Latino Center on Aging Golden Age Awards

Golden age awards

The Golden Age Awards are given each year to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Latino/Hispanic communities throughout the world. Awards are given for effective leadership, lifetime contributions, public policy initiatives, corporate contributions and community involvement.

It was a memorable evening of celebration at the 2018 Golden Age Award Annual Banquet, held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Pullman Miami Airport Hotel. Mr. Mario Tapia, President & CEO of the Latino Center on Aging (LCA) presented (8) Golden Age Awards to a group of extraordinary individuals.

Consortium Annual Event

The Consortium Annual Event took place on September 14. Members were given the opportunity to recognize each other's past achievements and discuss future goals for the Consortium. The annual meeting brought to order by Administrator and Health Officer of the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, Dr. Lillian Rivera. As Dr. Rivera gave her final message to members, she reminded everyone that their work extends beyond Miami-Dade County being one of the most unique Counties in America, and as we move forward into the future, facilitating the health and wellness of our residents and visitors is one of the main objectives of the Consortium.

Teri Busse Arvesu, Senior Advocate for the Mayor's Initiative on Aging received the Elder Issue Community Award for her services to the committee.

Consortium annual event

Center for Medicare Services presentation on new Medicare Cards

Medicare presentation
(L to R: Dr. Renard Murray Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Cindy Brown JCS and Co-Chair of Elder Issue/Mayor Initiative on Aging Committee, Carlos Gimenez, Mayor, Teri Busse Arvesu, Senior Advocate, Office of the Mayor,
Michael Pearson, Dir. of Alzheimer Association and Chair of Elder Issue/Mayor Initiative on Aging Committee and April Washington Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services).

Medicare recipients will soon receive their new card between April 2018 and April 2019. The Social Security Numbers have been removed to help keep your identity more secure. Cards will arrive at different times.

The new card will not change the coverage of your benefits. Make sure your mailing address is up-to-date. To make a change, visit My Social Security account online or call 1-800-772-1213.

New Medicare cards are coming

A new, unique Medicare Number is replacing the Social Security Number-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on each new Medicare card.

  • Learn about the new Medicare card.
  • Find out when your new Medicare card will be mailed to you. 
  • 10 things to know about the new Medicare card.


September is Healthy Aging Month

September is the time to get started on better health practices. Learn about practical ideas for adults, ages 45-plus, to improve their physical, mental, social and financial well-being.

Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative Mini-Grant Winners

The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative awarded five local organizations an Age-Friendly Mini-Grant to help jump-start age-friendly projects across Miami-Dade County. The organizations, which were selected based on their ability to offer a project to meet a community need in an age-friendly domain identified through a survey conducted in 2017, each received a $2,500 award.

Miami-Dade County joins AARP's Age-Friendly global network

Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative received a certificate from AARP Florida accepting them into the Network of Age-Friendly Communities.

"Older adults are an important part of our diverse, world-class community," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "Joining this network shows that we remain committed to working with our many community partners to continue making Miami-Dade County a place where our 2.7 million residents can enjoy every phase of their lives to the absolute fullest.

Read the Press Release

Affordable Housing Search

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gives funds directly to apartment owners, who lower the rents they charge low-income tenants. You can find low-rent apartments for senior citizens and people with disabilities, as well as for families and individuals.

Assisted Living

The Helen Sawyer Assisted Living Facility is designed to meet the physical and emotional needs of elderly public housing residents.

Elderly Services

Community Action and Human Services offers a variety of elderly assistance programs including Care Planning, Foster Grandparents, Home Care, Meals on Wheels, Senior Centers and more. Learn more about the services.

Meals on Wheels

The Department of Community Action and Human Services provides home delivered meals each week to low-income, ill and/or homebound persons with disabilities in Miami-Dade County. Meals for the Elderly provides older persons with hot nutritious meals and activities in a Senior Center setting.


If you are a senior citizen 65 years and over, or a Social Security beneficiary and are a permanent Miami-Dade resident, you are eligible to ride transit free with a Golden Passport EASY Card. Honorably discharged veterans who are permanent residents of Miami-Dade and whose annual income is $22,000 or less are eligible to ride transit free with the Patriot Passport EASY Card. Special Transportation Service (STS) is MDT's complementary paratransit service. Service is offered with no restrictions on trip purpose. Learn more about STS.

Parks fun for Active Adults 55+

From walking clubs to yoga and tai-chi, Miami-Dade Parks provides a wide variety of senior programs for adults ages 55 and older. Learn more about the programs.

Golden Ticket Arts Guide

The Golden Ticket Arts Guide features an amazing array of free cultural offerings for Miami-Dade County senior residents, ages 62 and over.


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Report Elderly Abuse

Report Elder AbuseCall 1-800-96-ABUSE. Elderly abuse and neglect are far too common. For more information on reporting elderly abuse, visit the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

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