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Mission Statement

Elder Options’ mission is to ensure that communities have a trusted and unbiased place to turn for information, resources and assistance. We advocate for and cooperatively work with communities to strengthen support systems and create new and innovative service options that focus on personal choice and independence.

Background

The Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (d/b/a Elder Options) was established in 1977 as a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Elder Options is the state-designated area agency on aging (AAA), Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), and Helpline (1-800-262-2243). The agency is charged with administering state and federal grant-funded programs and providing direct services to benefit elders, people with disabilities, and their informal caregivers in a 16-county Planning and Service Area (PSA) in North Central Florida, which includes: Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee, and Union counties.

Governing Structure

Elder Options is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors who represent the PSA and provide oversight. The Board is supported by the agency’s Advisory Council, which includes seniors and community representatives from across the PSA. Elder Options’ Executive Director is Kristen Griffis. Ms. Griffis has served in this key leadership position since 2006.

Agency Capacity

Elder Options has a well established and strong infrastructure, experienced and dedicated leadership and staff, and an extensive network of partners. The agency has over 35 years of experience developing and administering programs and providing support and direct services. In 2012, Elder Options was designated as an ADRC. As such, it expanded its support system for people with disabilities and partnership with their service providers.

Elder Options 2020 Annual Report

We are proud to share this Annual Report with you. The report outlines our accomplishments during the year and the projects we are involved in as we’ve worked toward our mission of making life better for older adults and their caregivers in North Central Florida.

This year, we are continuing to focus our efforts on enhancing the quality of life for older adults by assuring that they have the adequate resources to meet their needs. We will continue to seek out all resources and raise public awareness and to advocate in support of the programs and services that serve the older population of our area.

We look forward to continuing to serve in the year ahead.

Kristen Griffis
Executive Director

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