Department of Elder Affairs and United Way of Florida to Host Florida Senior Day

For Immediate Release:
April 14, 2015

Ashley Marshall

Department of Elder Affairs and United Way of Florida to Host Florida Senior Day
~ State Agency Secretaries to participate in Town Hall with seniors; Champion of Service award to be distributed during noon program ~

TALLAHASSEE – On April 15 at the State Capitol, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) and United Way of Florida will host Florida Senior Day, an annual celebration that is expected to bring more than 1,500 elders and advocates from across Florida to the State Capitol to honor the many contributions of Florida seniors.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with United Way for this event that honors elder Floridians,” said Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Samuel P. Verghese. “In its 15th year, this event has been revamped and features more than 60 partners and new activities that encourage seniors to have their voices heard. One of our most important missions at the Department is to honor and celebrate our elders, and Florida Senior Day gives us the perfect opportunity to do that.”

Florida Senior Day will begin at 10:00 a.m. inside the Capitol in the Cabinet Room with a Town Hall meeting where seniors will be able to pose questions to state leaders. Secretary Verghese will lead the panel to discuss the future of aging in Florida, as well as the state’s preparation for the booming elder population. Panel participants in the Town Hall include Secretary Liz Dudek, Agency for Health Care Administration; Secretary Mike Carroll, Department of Children & Families; Surgeon General John Armstrong, Florida Department of Health; Director Barbara Palmer, Agency for Persons with Disabilities; and Randall Hunt, President of the Florida Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Anna Johnson, veteran WCTV anchor and co-host of Ageless in America, will moderate the meeting.

Following the Town Hall meeting, at 11:00 a.m., performances will begin in the Capitol Courtyard. Senior groups have traveled from as far away as Miami to showcase their talents, including musicians, dancers, and choirs.

Florida Senior Day will feature a complimentary Chick-fil-A lunch, and more than 60 interactive partner booths will provide important resources for attendees. Free health screenings will be offered, and the Department of Elder Affairs’ SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program will be on-site to provide free, unbiased, and confidential Medicare counseling for anyone seeking assistance with Medicare issues or those interested in cost-savings and prescription drug programs.

DOEA Secretary Samuel P. Verghese will address attendees during a noontime program, and he will be joined by Chester Spellman, Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer Florida, to present a Champion of Service award to a deserving recipient who volunteers to serve elders. The Tallahassee Swing Band will close the day with a free concert at 1:00 p.m.

Event Details:

  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015
  • The Florida Capitol, Capitol Courtyard and Florida Cabinet Room
  • Tallahassee, Florida