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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.

West Kendall Job Fair Sept. 18

The Mayor's Initiative on Aging invite you to the West Kendall Job Fair. Let's Get to Work!

Are you 50 years of age or older and looking for a job? Visit our free job fair and meet with dozens of employers looking to hire. However, everyone is welcome to attend regardless of age.

Wednesday, Sept. 18
West Kendall Regional Library
10201 Hammocks Blvd.
Miami, FL 33196
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

For more information, call 35-385-7135.

Protect yourself from scammers Sept. 18 and 28

Attend a presentation on fraud prevention for seniors on Sept. 18 and 28. Learn how to spot, avoid and report scams with the latest information on fraud trends. Residents over 55 years of age are encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, Sept. 18
Hispanic Branch Library
1398 SW 1st Street
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28
Hialeah Gardens Branch Library
11300 NW 87th Court
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Senior Safety and Health Talks Sept. 19

The Mayor's Initiative on Aging invite you to a Senior Safety and Health Talks event.

Join the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department for a series of health and safety presentations geared towards older adults and their caregivers 55 years of age and older. 

11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Elder Mental Health and Resiliency
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Protect others from Elder Abuse
12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m. - Elderly Home Safety, Fall Prevention and Smoke Detectors

Thursday, Sept. 19
Homestead Library
700 N. Homestead Blvd.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

For more information, email Teri Arvesu at [email protected] 

Healthy Aging Awareness Fair Sept. 20

The Mayor's Initiative on Aging along with the Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department invite you to Healthy Aging Awareness Fair.

There will be free blood pressure screenings, raffles, music, giveaways, snacks and much more.

Friday, Sept. 20
Homestead Adult Day Care
653 SW 4th Street
Homestead, FL 33030
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

For more information, email Teri Arvesu at [email protected] 

Protecting your Assets Sept. 25

The United Way of Miami-Dade invite you to Staying Safe in Today's World event.

Learn about protecting yourself and your assets in today's changing world with advice from industry experts from the Office of Consumer Protection, Miami-Dade Police Department and Office of State Attorney. You will be guided on how to avoid becoming a victim of internet and phone scams, as well as identify theft. Wine and cheese will be served. 

Wednesday, Sept. 25
United Way of Miami-Dade, Ryder Room
3250 SW 3rd Avenue
Miami, FL 33129
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Continue United members: Complimentary
Non-Continue United: $10 per person.

Registration is required and space is limited. RSVP by Sept. 20 to Milagros Cobos by email [email protected] or by calling 305-646-7278.

Active Older Adult Volunteers Needed

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is looking for volunteers 65 years or older to share their experience with second year medical students. 

Volunteers agree to allow a pair of students to make 3 "house calls" between August 2019 and April 2020. Visits are scheduled at a mutually agreed convenient time and location. Students interview the volunteer and discuss their social and medical history, how to plan for the future, and issues affecting elder safety. 

If you are interested or get more information about this opportunity, call Dr. Rose van Zuilen, Director for Geriatric Education or Corrine Ferrari, Education Coordinator at 305-575-3388. 

Age-Friendly Mini-Grant Grantees Awarded

The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative is excited to announce its second group of Age-Friendly Mini-Grantees. The goal of the mini-grant program is to jump-start age-friendly projects and strategies across the county. Five (5) $2,500 mini-grants were selected for 2019. Results and experiences of the funded projects will help promote age-friendly thinking and action across Miami-Dade County. The mix of mini-grants demonstrates that municipal governments, nonprofit organizations, health service organizations, and others can play important roles in making Miami-Dade age-friendly.

Social Security

To enjoy a comfortable retirement, workers should think Social Security as a foundation. One of the best ways to begin fashioning a sound retirement plan is by creating a mySocialSecurity account. This valuable online resource allows you to view personalized estimates of future benefits based on your real earnings, see your latest statement, and review your earnings history.

Social Security has been and will continue to be, part of the American fabric, providing protection for those Americans who have paid into Social Security through their earnings. By knowing what you can expect from Social Security, people are empowered to make important decisions about their savings and future retirement.

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]

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.

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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