This is a complete list of where to find Florida senior services, aging information, area agencies on aging, and related links.
With the state’s reputation as a retirement destination, it is no surprise that Florida’s median age is older than that of the nation as a whole. Florida’s median age is 42.1; the United States’ median age is 38.1. Florida has a total population of over 21 million people and of that, about one-fifth is age 65 or older. It has the second-highest number of senior citizens of any state in the nation, coming in second only to California.
By 2030, it’s projected that 32% of the state’s population will be over the age of 60.
91.2% of seniors in Florida have a dedicated healthcare provider and there are 29.1 geriatric providers per 100,000 Floridians over the age of 65. There are 53 home healthcare providers for every 1,000 Florida residents with a disability and the state has over 850 independent living facilities for seniors.
Of the over 65 population in Florida, 10.7% of people live in poverty. 100% of those living in poverty take advantage of the SNAP program.
4.6 million Floridians are enrolled in Medicare with 87% of Medicare beneficiaries qualifying due to age rather than disability. Nearly half of Florida’s Medicare beneficiaries over the age of 65 have multiple chronic health conditions. 27.6% of senior citizens in Florida are obese and 25.4% have experienced a fall.
The state of Florida has one of the higher expenditures per person for community supports – $142 for each resident over 65.
Florida has eleven Area Agencies on Aging throughout the state, along with numerous home and community-based services provided through the state’s Department of Elder Affairs. The Department of Elder Affairs also has a helpline for senior citizens. It’s available toll-free by dialing 1-800-96-ELDER.
Florida senior services are readily available – if you know where to look. Below, we’ve listed links to government agencies as well as other organizations and programs that can provide assistance or be a resource for seniors and/or caregivers.
Area Agencies on Aging
- Northwest Florida AAA – serving Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton
- AAA of North Florida – serving Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington Counties
- Elder Options, the Mid-Florida AAA – serving Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Lake, Levy Marion, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee and Union Counties
- Elder Source, AAA for Northeast Florida – serving Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassua, St. Johns and Volusia Counties
- AAA of Pasco-Pinellas – serving Pasco and Pinellas Counties
- West Central Florida AAA – serving Hardee, Hillsborough, Highland, Manatee and Polk Counties
- Senior Resource Alliance – serving Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties
- AAA of Southwest Florida – serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota Counties
- AAA of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast – serving Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties
- ADRC of Broward County – serving Broward County
- Alliance for Aging – serving Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties
- Attorney General’s Office
- Department of Elder Affairs
- Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
- Medicaid Office
State Associations and Non-Profits
- AARP of Florida
- Institute on Aging – University of Florida
- Florida’s Aging and Disability Resource Centers
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman – established in each state by the Older Americans Act to enhance the quality of life, improve care, protect rights, and promote the dignity of residents in a long-term care facility.
- Bay Area Legal Services
- Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida
- Florida Legal Services
- Gulf Coast Legal Services
- Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
- Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
- Legal Services of Greater Miami
- Legal Services of North Florida
- Three Rivers Legal Services