About Elder Options
Mission Statement: 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.
Background: The Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (d/b/a Elder Options) was established in 1977 as a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Elder Options is the state-designated area agency on aging (AAA), Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), and 1-800 Elder Helpline (1-800-963-5337). The agency is charged with administering state and federal grant-funded programs and providing direct services to benefit elders, people with disabilities, and their informal caregivers in a 16-county Planning and Service Area (PSA) in North Central Florida, which includes: Alachua, Citrus, Columbia, Marion, Hernando, Lake, Sumter, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Union, Gilchrist, Putnam, Levy, Bradford, and Hamilton counties.
Governing Structure: Elder Options is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors who represent the PSA and provide oversight. The Board is supported by the agency’s Advisory Council, which includes seniors and community representatives from across the PSA. Elder Options’ Executive Director is Kristen Griffis. Ms. Griffis has served in this key leadership position since 2006.
Agency Capacity: Elder Options has a well established and strong infrastructure, experienced and dedicated leadership and staff, and an extensive network of partners. The agency has over 35 years of experience developing and administering programs and providing support and direct services. In 2012, Elder Options was designated as an ADRC. As such, it expanded its support system for people with disabilities and partnership with their service providers.