With all the many services and programs available for the elderly, it is good to know that there is a one-stop website that will provide you with information regarding those services. Senior Resource Alliance (SRA) is such a place. Working together with senior citizens, their family members as well as caregivers, the Senior Resource Alliance is a clearing house that is able to provide you with information on the local, state and national level within both the state and federal government.
Of particular interest for those within the Central Florida area is the fact that The Senior Resource Alliance mission is to coordinate, develop, monitor, evaluate and review elder-related services and resources in Seminole, Orange, Brevard, and Osceola counties. Further, they are dedicated to “enabling them [the elders] to age with independence and dignity.” [https://www.seniorresourcealliance.org/about/].
With more than a dozen different categories, their programs encompass necessary services including transportation programs, disaster preparedness, and health and wellness programs to name a few. For a complete list of their programs follow this link: [https://www.seniorresourcealliance.org/programs/].
For example, a free copy of Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging is available on their website. [https://www.seniorresourcealliance.org/news-events/exercise-activity-guide/]. One can either read it online, download it or order printed copies by calling this number: 1-800-222-2225.
Likewise, there is a free directory entitled “Little Black Book of Resources,” on their website [https://www.seniorresourcealliance.org/resources/resource-directory/] that can also be downloaded. If you are a vendor, this is a number where you can obtain information on how to list your service in that directory: 407-265-0534.
Additionally, a profile listing of this organization on the website Guidestar.org, indicates that this non-profit business is also known as Area Agency for the Aging (dba Senior Resource Alliance), and specifies that they strive to “ensure that public and private funds are used effectively and efficiently to assist the broadest base of seniors possible.” They do this by implementing a strategy that provides information on “critical services such as nutrition/food, transportation to and from medical/dental appointments, medical tests and procedures that may be prescribed by physicians.” They also provide information on “meaningful volunteer opportunities for anyone interested in helping deliver these critical services.”
As a private non-profit organization, it is important to note that they are “funded by the Federal Older Americans Act and State General Revenue through the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA).
The Federal Older Americans Act was enacted in 1965 “in response to concern by policymakers about a lack of community social services for older persons.” It is their position that “although older individuals may receive services under many other federal programs today, the OAA is considered to be a major vehicle for the organization and delivery of social and nutrition services to this group and their caregivers.” [https://acl.gov/about-acl/authorizing-statutes/older-americans-act].
Moreover, The Department of Elder Affairs “provides most direct services through its Division of Statewide Community-Based Services, which works through the state’s eleven Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers to deliver essential services to a vital segment of the population. [http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/about.php].
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