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About Us

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.

Vision Statement

Elder Options envisions communities where people are respected for their wisdom and experience, informed and supported in their choices, and live with health, security and dignity.


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.

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.

This self-assessment connects you to the TCARE (Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral) Program. This is a one-on-one caregiver support program that may require you to engage with an assigned TCARE Coach. If you wish to participate in the program, continue to the self-assessment. Please be advised that a TCARE Coach may be in contact with you via phone or email.

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