The Alliance for Aging
Incorporated in 1988, the Alliance for Aging was designated by the State of Florida in 1989 as the Area Agency on Aging for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The Alliance is a private, not-for-profit agency part of a nationwide network of more than 650 Area Agencies on Aging. A volunteer Board of Directors governs the Alliance. Operating funds are received through federal, state and local grants, as well as private donations from individuals, corporations and special initiatives.
As an Area Agency on Aging, the Alliance for Aging is the community leader responsible for serving as the focal point on aging in Planning and Serving Area 11.
A wide range of services, valued in excess of $64 million, is provided locally to older people through a network of local agencies. Some of the services provided include:
- Congregate and home-delivered meals
- Adult day care
- Personal care
- Legal help
Through its service network, the Alliance also provides, support, training, education, counseling and respite for caregivers, including grandparents raising grandchildren.
Any person age 60 or older is eligible for services from the Alliance for Aging. Certain programs have additional eligibility requirements such as income, dementia or frailty. Caregivers of any age who are caring for an older person also may be eligible for services.
Through a staff of contract and fiscal monitors, the Alliance provides oversight of the programs and services it funds, and training, technical assistance and support to the contracted agencies.
The Alliance operates the Aging & Disability Resource Center, an important initiative providing elders and their caregivers with information and referral, and linkages to services through state and federally funded programs and other community resources. The Alliance also manages the Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP), to assist elders who are in jeopardy of having their electricity turned off. The Health and Wellness Program offers seminars utilizing volunteer professionals who provide information and education on various health-related topics. The Alliance also operates SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders).