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Senior Services

Florida is home to almost 5.2 million senior citizens and currently ranks highest in the nation for citizens who are 65 years of age and older. We aim to assist library staff in serving this valuable patron population. 

On-demand webinars

Our on-demand webinars cover topics intended to support and inspire Florida library staff working with senior populations, including:

Elder Affairs

All of Florida’s older residents are eligible for services through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Elder Affairs promotes the well-being, safety and independence of Florida’s seniors and caregivers.

Resources for library staff include:

Area Agencies on Aging

Florida’s Area Agencies on Aging

We know that Florida is a large state, both in size and population. The network of Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ARDCs) function as a coordinated system of information and access to care resources. Eleven networked offices are available to answer both statewide and local questions about what’s available in your area. 

AARP Florida


AARP Florida

With more than 2.5 million members and 3,000 volunteers in the State of Florida, chances are that most library staff have already seen the American Association of Retired Persons in their library, usually around tax season. They also offer year-round events, support and vital information and can be a great resource in a library’s community.

The American Library Association


Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS)   

OLOS gathers resources from outreach services throughout ALA, and older adults feature prominently. These resources include toolkits, best practices in references and programming, and reports on library programs throughout the country.


The Reference Services Section (RSS) of ALA’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) explores ways of providing information and education for reference staff who work with the aged, exploring ways to make library services to them more effective.

Their committee has published guidelines for best practices for dealing with a shifting older adult   demographic.

For FY2023-24, the percentage of total costs for the Adult Learning Program financed with federal money is 67%; the federal dollar amount to be spent on the project is $92,112. This program does not include any non-governmental funding.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.