Mid-Florida Area Agency On Aging Inc

Elder Options is your link to aging, disability, Medicaid and Medicare resources in Mid-Florida providing advice, counseling and helpful resources.

aka ELDER OPTIONS   |   GAINESVILLE, FL   |  www.agingresources.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Kristen Griffis

Main address

100 SW 75TH ST STE 301

GAINESVILLE, FL 32607 USA

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EIN

59-1777567

NTEE code info

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is an arm of a state or local government.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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. Elder Options works to identify the needs of elders and caregivers in our service area and develop plans and provide services to meet the growing needs of our aging population. One of the main challenges faced by our agency is how to best serve our growing client base with static or decreased funding in an economic climate where, currently, costs for goods and services are increasing and income/revenue is decreasing.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Aging and Disability Resource Center

Services include: Elder Helpline, Consumer Counseling & Enrollment, Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) serving 16 counties in North Central Florida.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Caregivers

A variety of evidence-based community programs serving seniors, persons with disabilities, and caregivers in sixteen counties in North Central Florida.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Caregivers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new clients screened for eligibility

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Aging and Disability Resource Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of calls to the Elder Helpline

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Aging and Disability Resource Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients contacts made by SHINE volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Aging and Disability Resource Center

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Clients served by Healthy Aging Programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Evidence Based Community Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served by Savvy Caregiver Training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Evidence Based Community Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Clients served through Community Care Services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Evidence Based Community Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Low-income clients assissted with Extra Help and the Medicare Savings Program benefits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Aging and Disability Resource Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of phone calls/inquiries

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Older adults, Seniors, Caregivers, People with disabilities

Related Program

Aging and Disability Resource Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

- Empower seniors, individuals with disabilities, their families, and other consumers to choose and easily access options for existing mental and physical health and long-term care.

- Enable individuals to maintain a high quality of life for as long as possible through the provision of home and community-based services, including supports for family caregivers.

- Empower seniors and their caregivers to live active, healthy lives to improve their mental and physical health status.

- Ensure the legal rights of seniors are protected and prevent their abuse, neglect, and exploitation

- Promote planning and collaboration at the community level that recognize the benefits and needs of its aging population..

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- Provide streamlined access to health and long-term care options through the Aging and Disability Resource Centers.
- Encourage individuals, including people under 60, to plan for future long-term care needs by providing access to information.
- Ensure that complete and accurate information about resources is available and accessible.
- Ensure that elders have access to free, unbiased, and comprehensive health insurance counseling.
- Increase public awareness of existing mental and physical health and long-term care options.
- Identify and serve target populations in need of information and referral services.
- Identify and serve target populations in need of home and community-based services.
- Provide services, education, and referrals to meet specific needs of individuals with dementia.
- Continue to increase the use of Evidence-Based (EB) programs at the community level.
- Promote good nutrition and physical activity to maintain healthy lifestyles.
- Promote social connectivity, community service, and lifelong learning to maintain positive mental health.
- Advocate for prevention and early intervention of mental health and substance abuse services for elders.
- Promote primary prevention of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
- Reduce the rate of abuse, neglect, and exploitation (ANE) recidivism through education, outreach, and the provision of services.
- Foster opportunities for elders to be an active part of the community.
- Promote safe and affordable communities for elders that will benefit people of all ages.
- Promote cultural competency and awareness of a diverse population.
- Promote volunteerism by and for seniors when possible.

- Established in 1977, Elder Options has extensive experience in advocating for seniors and persons with disabilities and serving as an effective and dedicated steward for state and federal grants for seniors. This includes serving as an unbiased advocate for elders to receive needed services and support and access to health and wellness, elder rights and elder abuse prevention.
- Elder Options’ contracted lead agencies also have extensive experience serving communities, elders and addressing service needs. They are part of a strong community network at the local level and assist with access to local resources.
- Elder Options has a long history of working collaboratively with its partners to provide a strong, collaborative aging network that works increasingly well together to meet needs of clients, including government, senior service providers, health care and elder abuse prevention partners.
- Elder Options has developed new and expanded current partnerships within the health care and other non-traditional industries.
- As a private, non-profit, Elder Options is a mission driven, holistic agency that oversees and administers an experienced, cost-effective service delivery system.
- The role of Elder Options has been identified in state statute as the statewide single point of entry for long term care services. This stabilizes the infrastructure and staffing for our agency and provides a standard and consistent process for individuals seeking to access services through an unbiased advocate that is focused on clients.
- Elder Options provides the highest tier of evidence-based community health and wellness programs through experienced trainers. These programs have been proven to produce positive health outcomes for participants, including increasing their quality of life and improving their ability to remain independent and healthier.

The Aging Network Comes Through for Seniors During the Pandemic (2020)

- 28.723 Calls to the Elder Helpline
- 5,324 New clients screened for eligibility
- 1,764 Annual re-screenings for eligibility
- 2,096 Clients released for service
- 9,361 Client contacts made by 63 SHINE volunteers
- 1,009 Clients served in 50 Healthy Aging Workshops
- 1,199 Clients assisted through Community Care Services
- 215 Graduates from Savvy Caregiver Training
- 1,199 Telephone Reassurance Calls

- SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Counselors provided 6,668 hours volunteer service worth $181,370. Elder Options leverages the contributions of volunteers. Capitalizing on their experience, knowledge and trusted community relationships to serve more people, more effectively.

- 1,505 low-income persons assisted with Extra Help & Medicare Savings Program (MSP) benefits to help with Medicare costs, putting money back in their pockets for other essentials.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Mid-Florida Area Agency On Aging Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Charles Miller

Drexel Collins

Alida Langley

Jana Hart

Christina Martensson

Richard Vance

Judy Archey

Roque Perez-Velez

Shirley Green Brown

Edgar Emmelhainz, Jr.

Mildred Milligan

Richard Esseck

Garry Wigington

Marcia Burr

Mary Dukes

Jeff Greenspan

Nichole Blake-Little

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/10/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/10/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.