Florida has long been a popular destination for retirees. With a strong population of seniors, nearly every Florida community has responded to the needs of seniors by developing programs that help them live the best quality of life. Federal programs are supplementing state and local programs, which provide quality services for most of the needs that seniors have. Private and nonprofit organizations have also formed to give Miami’s seniors even more options. Let’s explore some of them.
Miami-Dade Elderly and Disability Services is a county-sponsored senior program that provides services for the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Staff helps seniors with comprehensive care planning, in-home care, personal care, help with chores, respite care, and activities of daily living. The program administers the Meals On Wheels program to deliver hot meals to homebound seniors and provide congregate meals to others. Senior centers offer the opportunity for recreation and socialization. Healthy seniors also have the opportunity to volunteer as foster grandparents to at-risk children. They may also volunteer for RSVP, a program that puts seniors to work with volunteering for others.
Jewish Community Services of South Florida is a faith-based organization that provides many senior services, including a kosher Meals on Wheels program and Holocaust survivor support services. The program also provides at-home services, care management, counseling, housekeeping, LGBT services, personal emergency alert systems, transportation, support groups, and shopping excursions.
Miami Jewish Health Systems administers the Florida Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), a program that specializes in seniors who have Medicaid and Medicare. The program provides primary acute and long-term care services at the senior’s home or in area healthcare facilities. PACE Care Managers assess the senior’s needs and put together a comprehensive and individualized program of services. Prospective services include adult day care, home care, hospital care, meals, medical equipment, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medication management, medical care, recreational therapy, transportation, and vision services.
Senior L.I.F.T. Center chose their acronym based upon characteristics that are important to quality senior living. The acronym stands for living, involvement, fulfillment, and togetherness. This is a non-profit organization that is staffed by volunteers who provide recreational, social, and educational activities for seniors aged 55 years and older. Seniors choose from programs such as chi energy, line dancing, tap dancing, painting, drawing, crafts, weight control, pool, singing, Mah Jongg, card games, board games, computer classes, and Spanish classes. Seniors can also attend organized luncheons and attend trips, cruises, and other entertaining events.
Baptist Health South Florida helps seniors get a head start on senior healthcare by offering their services to seniors age 55 and older. Seniors receive dining discounts to enjoy healthy, nutritious meals at most Baptist Health hospital cafeterias. The program offers low-cost senior exercise classes including Tai Chi, senior aerobics, and Trim-N-Fit classes. They also sponsor the Dadeland Mall Walking Club. Medical staff educates seniors with free health educational programs.
Easter Seals South Florida offers a few helpful senior services including adult day programs, respite, physical therapy, music therapy, and pet therapy.
Many of the area churches, community organizations, and ethnic organizations also provide helpful senior services. Many of them are low-cost or free.
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