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.
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.
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
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.
Center for Medicare Services presentation on new Medicare Cards
(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.
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.
The Helen Sawyer Assisted Living Facility is designed to meet the physical and emotional needs of elderly public housing residents.
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
Call 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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