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Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department Establishes Award Program to Recognize Senior Citizens for Outstanding Volunteerism

MIAMI, Florida — Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and the Board of County Commissioners have launched the Seniors Who Serve Volunteer Awards Program to honor elderly residents for exceptional community service. Nominees can volunteer in one or more of the following categories: Education/Mentoring, Health Care, Inter-Generational (strengthening links between elderly and the youth), Arts, Music & Entertainment, and Public Service. “We are excited to recognize our senior residents who continue to serve and contribute to our community,” said Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. "Older residents have so much to offer and we are privileged to have such an active and committed senior community." 

Health of Older People is Tied to Motivation, Journal States

“Motivation is the royal road to understanding healthy aging,” says a new supplemental issue to The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. Motivation science investigates what it is that people desire and dislike or even fear, how these desires, dislikes, and fears are transformed into goals, how people go about pursuing these goals successfully or disengage from them if necessary, and how these processes change over time.

An elderly woman walks through town in Barbados. (PAHO Image)

2021 Florida Senior Games Opening Day Features Seven Sports

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - The 30th Annual Florida Senior Games began nine days of competition with seven sports on Saturday. Five sports were on the courts as Basketball Shooting, 3-on-3 Basketball, Racquetball, Shuffleboard and Tennis were on their respective courts. Cyclists were on their bikes on the roads of Martin County and Archers were on the range at Fort Lauderdale Archers.

Social Security Survivors Benefits Explained

We are here for surviving family members when a worker dies.  In the event of your death, certain members of your family may be eligible for survivors benefits.  These include widows and widowers, divorced widows and widowers, children, and dependent parents. 

At Home or on the Go: Social Security is Online

When you retire, if you become disabled, or if someone you depend on dies, we are there when you need us.  You can access your information, benefits, and important services from just about anywhere with your personal and secure my Social Security account.  With your my Social Security account, you can: 

Social Security Benefits Increase in 2022

Approximately 70 million Americans will see a 5.9% increase in their Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments in 2022.  Federal benefit rates increase when the cost-of-living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). 

Veterans and Active Duty Military Members: Social Security Has Your Back!

Every year on Veterans Day, we honor the people who risk their lives to protect our country.  Our disability program is part of our obligation to wounded warriors and their families.  Social Security is an important resource for military members who return home with injuries.  If you know a wounded veteran, please let them know about our Wounded Warriors web page,  www.ssa.gov/woundedwarriors.   

Six Millionth Meal Delivered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs Through the Restaurant Meal Initiative

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – The Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) has delivered its 6 millionth meal through the Florida Restaurant Meal Initiative. The innovative partnership among DOEA, The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), 11 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), and more than 100 participating restaurants launched in April 2020 in response to COVID-19. 

Former Miami Dolphin middle linebacker John Offerdahl and his wife Lynn Offerdahl.
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