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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.

Aging Mastery Workshop

Join the Aging Mastery Workshop, a 10-week aging mastery workshop that can help you take small steps to improve your health, financial well-being, social connectedness and quality of life. It takes place Tuesdays, from April 30 - July2 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Coral Gables Branch Library, 3443 Segovia St.

Transforming Grief and Loss Seminar

The weekly seminar is for older adults who are experiencing loss in their life. Hosted by Ligia Houben, grief expert, will demonstrate tools that can help you find meaning, achieve breakthroughs, and build the life you want on the other side of loss or transition. She will show you a roadmap that can help you find peace, healing and recovery.

Every Saturday, April 6-June 29 from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 7600 block of SW 57th Ave

Registration is required. RSVP to attend seminar or call 305-666-9942/305-299-5370.

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.

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.


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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