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Department of Elder Affairs

Older Americans Act Programs

What is the purpose of the programs?

The purpose of the Older Americans Act (OAA)  programs is to assist elders to live independently lives in their home environment and communities through supportive social services, nutrition services, preventive health services, caregiver support, senior employment, and elder abuse prevention.

Who is eligible for the programs?

To be eligible for OAA programs, individuals must be age 60 or older. Preference is given to elders with the greatest economic or social needs, particularly low-income older individuals, low-income minority elders, individuals with Limited English Proficiency, and individuals residing in rural areas.

What services are provided?

OAA provides the following programs and services.

  • Supportive Services provide adult day care, caregiver training and support, chore, congregate dining, home-delivered meals, homemaker services, information and referral assistance, medical transportation, nutrition education, personal care, and shopping assistance.
  • National Family Caregiver Support Program assists families caring for older members, grandparents or older relatives who are caregivers for children 18 and younger, or caregivers for children of any age who have disabilities. Services for caregivers include information, access to services, counseling, support groups, training, respite care, supplemental services, and legal assistance.
  • Nutritional Services Incentive Program supplements funding for food used in meals served under the Older Americans Act.
  • Congregate Meal and Nutrition Sites serve nutritionally balanced meals in community settings, provide nutritional education, screen for risks , and deliver meals to elders who are home-bound.
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs deliver training, education, and screening opportunities to seniors about health related topics, including chronic disease management.
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program provides community service and work-based job training programs to unemployed, low income Floridians age 55 and older.
  • Elder Abuse Prevention Program raises awareness of elder abuse through training, education, and prevention activities. The Department of Elder Affairs does not conduct investigations. To report elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873) or report online.
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program establishes local volunteer advocates for residents of long-term care facilities. Thirteen district offices investigate and resolve complaints, conduct annual assessments of facilities, and serve as an advisory body on issues impacting residents.

For more information on these services, please see the department's Summary of Programs and Services.

      How many clients do the OAA programs serve?

      In Federal Fiscal Year 2018-19, the department provided OAA services to the following numbers of seniors.

      • Title III:  145,756 seniors were served under Title III.  Services under this section include supportive services (e.g., case management, transportation, and in-home services); meals (congregate and home delivered); nutrition and wellness services; and caregiver support. 
      • Title V:  2,371 seniors received employment assistance services under the Senior Community Service Employment Program.   
      • Title VII:  5,205 investigations were completed under the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

      How are these activities funded?

      Fiscal Year: 2020-21
      Fund Salary Rate/ Position General Revenue Trust Funds
      SALARY RATE
      POSITIONS
      SALARIES AND BENEFITS
      FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
      FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
      FROM OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND
      OTHER PERSONAL SERVICES
      FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
      FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
      FROM OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND
      EXPENSES
      FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
      FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
      FROM OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND
      OPERATING CAPITAL OUTLAY
      FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
      FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
      FROM OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND
      SPECIAL CATEGORIES
      AGING AND ADULT SERVICES TRAINING AND EDUCATION
      FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
      SPECIAL CATEGORIES
      GRANTS AND AIDS - ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE INITIATIVE
      FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
      SPECIAL CATEGORIES
      GRANTS AND AIDS - COMMUNITY CARE FOR THE ELDERLY
      FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
      FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
      FROM OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND
      SPECIAL CATEGORIES
      GRANTS AND AIDS - HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE
      FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
      SPECIAL CATEGORIES
      GRANTS AND AIDS - OLDER AMERICANS ACT PROGRAM
      FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
      FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
      SPECIAL CATEGORIES
      CONTRACTED SERVICES
      FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
      FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
      FROM GRANTS AND DONATIONS TRUST FUND
      FROM OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND
      SPECIAL CATEGORIES
      GRANTS AND AIDS - CONTRACTED SERVICES
      FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
      FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
      FROM OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND
      SPECIAL CATEGORIES
      RISK MANAGEMENT INSURANCE
      FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
      SPECIAL CATEGORIES
      CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - PUBLIC ASSISTANCE - STATE OPERATIONS
      FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
      SPECIAL CATEGORIES
      LEASE OR LEASE-PURCHASE OF EQUIPMENT
      FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
      FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
      FROM OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND
      SPECIAL CATEGORIES
      TRANSFER TO DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES - HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES PURCHASED PER STATEWIDE CONTRACT
      FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
      FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
      FROM OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND
      SPECIAL CATEGORIES
      PROGRAM OF ALL-INCLUSIVE CARE FOR THE ELDERLY (PACE)
      FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
      FROM OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND
      GRANTS AND AIDS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND NONSTATE ENTITIES - FIXED CAPITAL OUTLAY
      GRANTS AND AIDS - EASTER SEALS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT
      FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
      GRANTS AND AIDS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND NONSTATE ENTITIES - FIXED CAPITAL OUTLAY
      GRANTS AND AIDS - SENIOR CITIZEN CENTERS
      FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
      TOTAL
      150,548,339
      197,295,778

      Updates

      2020 Reauthorization. The federal Older Americans Act was enacted in 1965  to deliver social and nutrition services to elders and their caregivers. The most recent reauthorization of the law, which expires in 2024, made changes including

      • increasing business acumen and capacity building for elders;
      • providing state and local governments flexibility to allocate funds for caregiver services; and 
      • extending the RAISE Family Caregiver Act and the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act by one additional year. 

      For more details, see the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020

      Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

      A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

      Where can I get more information?

      Other Reports
      Older Americans Act: Updated Information on Unmet Need for Services, U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO 15-601R, June 2015.
      Reports, Department of Elder Affairs.

       Websites of Interest
      Florida's Aging and Disability Resource Centers
      Meals on Wheels America
      Agency for Health Care Administration, Nursing Home Guide
      Home and Community Based Services Clearinghouse
      Home and Community Based Services Clearinghouse, Older Americans Act Publications
      National Council on Aging's Older Americans Act Reauthorization Site
      Administration for Community Living

      Performance


      Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

      What are the applicable statutes?

      Sections 20.41, 430.04(1), and 430.101, Florida Statutes.

      Whom do I contact for help?

      Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Bureau of Community & Support Services, 850-414-2000

      Elder Helpline, 1-800-963-5337 or 1-800-955-8771 for TDD or 1-800-955-8770 for Voice

      Website