Initiatives and special projects that the committee has worked on or is working on currently include:
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Community Resources
The Elder Issues Committee developed this one-age trilingual handout to increase awareness and education in the community and worksites, and among healthcare providers.
Mayor’s Initiative on Aging
The Honorable Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor of Miami-Dade County, asked the Elder Issues Committee to act as the steering body for this project. This group 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.
Health Foundation of South Florida’s (HFSF) and the Miami-Dade Age Friendly Initiative
The Elder Issues Committee works with Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF) to promote and assist with their Age-Friendly Initiative as they continually strive to forge a collaborative to help communities in Miami-Dade become healthy places to grow up and grow old. The initiative supports evidence-based programs. Click on the following links for more information about the HFSF Age Friendly, and the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative.
Alliance for Aging Initiative: Aging Resource Center
The Elder Issues Committee has partnered with the Alliance for Aging (A4A), Area Agency on Aging for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, to promote programs and services for older adults, caregivers, and persons with disabilities. The goal of the agency is to help people stay at home in the community and avoid placement in nursing homes. For information about services available in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, please call our Elder Helpline at 305-670-4357 (HELP), or 1-800-96-ELDER (35337). For more information, please click here.
Miami Alzheimer’s disease Awareness Coalition (MAAC)
Mayor’s Initiative on Aging, Community Conversations on Alzheimer’s led to the formation of MAAC. The mission is to improve the quality of life of Miami-Dade residents who may be at risk of being affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by creating awareness, promoting early detection, and treatment. MAGEC, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is one of the community partners who has joined the coalition to help provide an educational component.
Partnership with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
The Elder Issues Committee works closely with CMS to promote national initiatives and projects such as the prevention of Medicare/Medicaid Fraud, the preventive health benefits available through Medicare and the Open Enrollment Period.