The Department of Elder Affairs

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs began with a voter referendum in 1988 calling for the creation of an agency to address these issues. In 1992, the state legislature established the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) and designated it as Florida’s State Unit on Aging. Many of the programs once the responsibility of the Department of Health & Rehabilitative Services (HRS), now Department of Children & Families, are handled by the Department of Elder Affairs. The creation of the Department of Elder Affairs demonstrates Florida’s commitment to serving all elders in as comprehensive a manner as possible.

DOEA is responsible for planning, policy-making, coordinating, and advocating programs and services designed to meet the needs of the state’s elder population. In addition, DOEA allocates funds to the eleven Area Agencies on Aging in Florida.

The Department can be reached at :

Department of Elder Affairs
4040 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-7000
Phone: (850) 414-2000


Save the Date

The Florida Lifespan Respite Alliance is pleased to announce the 2017 Family Caregiver Lifespan Respite Summit taking place on Thursday, June 15, 2017.  This free Summit will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Largo, Florida. The Summit is an opportunity to bring family caregivers of all ages and disabilities, service professionals and other stakeholders together to share creative strategies, better understand the availability of respite resources within the State of Florida, and develop concrete plans for improving access to and understanding of respite care.

You are cordially invited to join us for this interactive day of connection and collaboration. Opportunities still exist for panelists and exhibitors. Since the number of attendees will be limited, you should register in a timely manner to guarantee your seat.

Please complete the attached Registration Form here: Online Summit Registration