When it comes to the enhancement of quality of life, being cognizant of local health and wellness services is a great first step. Since the elderly often have different needs to other demographics, finding geriatricians and other specialist doctors is crucial.
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs has a whole range of useful programs and services including: help with Alzheimer’s, Nutrition, information on the Older Americans Act, Medicaid Long Term Care Services, Elder Abuse Prevention Program and more.
The mission of the Department is: “To help Florida’s elders remain healthy, safe and independent.” Given that “Florida is home to nearly 5.2 million residents age 60 and older and currently ranks first in the nation for the 65+ populations,” it is essential that focus is given to this demographic and assistance provided where possible.
With the ultimate establishment of the Office of Public and Professional Guardians, any vulnerable Floridians and their families will be offered additional protection.