The Alliance for Aging
Incorporated in 1988, the Alliance for Aging, Inc., 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 organization 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 is the community leader responsible for serving as the focal point on aging in Planning and Service Area 11. The Alliance provides comprehensive information and access to quality services for older adults and their families in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. The agency funds and provides oversight of home and community-based services that help keep people at home and out of nursing homes.
A wide range of services, valued in excess of $35 million, is provided to older people through a network of local agencies. Some of the services provided include:
Congregate and home-delivered meals
Adult Day Care
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 persons with disabilities, as well as 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).