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Agencies on Aging

Agencies on Aging

Puerto Rico Governor's Office for
Elderly Affairs

The Puerto Rico Elderly Affairs Office promote leadership on things related to elderly people of Puerto Rico through activities such as improving development of community or home services to obtained a better quality of life, maintained Elder dignity and a high level of independence.
The Puerto Rico Elderly Affairs Office is attached to the Governor's Office and its Executive Director is a member of the Citizen's Rights Commission. The Director's Office has two counseling bodies: The Elderly Affairs Consultant Council, and the State Mayors' Council, composed by nine (9) Mayors appointed by the Executive Director of the Elderly Affairs Office. The Puerto Rico Elderly Affairs Office focus there efforts on 2 programs:

Quality of Life Congress and Coordination Program

The Elderly Affairs Office, Governor's Office, along with 15 other Governmental Agencies is part of the Quality of Life Congress. It promotes social action to provide services and assistance to the housing projects taken under control by the National Guard and the Police of Puerto Rico.
Purpose: Overlook so that the elderly in the participating housing projects are provided with the necessary services to satisfy their needs and improve their quality of life.
Goal: Sponsor programs, activities, and services that promote to an optimal level physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and economic welfare for those elderly persons who live in the public housing projects of Puerto Rico, developing their qualities to the maximum in order to fulfill their roles as active and important members of the family and the Puerto Rican community.
Clients: A 60 and over years of age limit is used to define elderly persons who constitute the clients of the Elderly Affairs Office.

Coordination, Education, Evaluation, and Protection of the Elderly Program:

This program functions by granting resources to senior citizens' centers. The program oversees compliance with the laws protecting these clients. It also serves as advocate for the elderly population in regional, local, and state levels.
Purpose: Provide the elderly with the tools in order to get the services requested and at the same time improve their quality of life.
Goal: Guarantee the full practice of the rights, benefits, and privileges of the Puerto Rican elderly, acting as the main advocate of this population at all levels, and sponsoring public and private incentives that respond to their interests and needs.
Clients: A 60 and over years of age limit is used to define elderly persons who constitute the clients of the Elderly Affairs Office.

Puerto Rico Governor's Office for Elderly Affairs
P.O. Box 191179
San Juan, PR 00919-1179
(787) 721-6121

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Senior Apartments

Senior ApartmentYou may choose to spend your golden years in a community designed especially for mature adults. Senior living facilities come in many sizes and shapes. Senior apartments are one such chose. A Senior Apartment allows you to take advantage of many amenities and personalized services without having to maintain a house and yard.

Senior apartments should be a consideration for older adults that can take care of themselves. Aside from age-restrictions these apartments are usually developed the same as standard apartments. Some of these apartments are also equipped with items such as hand rails and pull cords to make getting around and living easier. Also these apartments provide a community of elderly neighbors without the hassles of a larger home to manage. Properties can vary in terms of services but typically offer apartment living and services designed specifically for independent active seniors 55 and older. Since many of these residences are designed for active seniors, most do not offer meal service, housekeeping or medical services. Senior apartment complexes are usually located near senior centers, parks, shopping malls, golf courses and public transportation. Some provide van services to nearby shopping and needed services.

Senior apartments can be found in many communities, some are under federal housing guidelines and will only accept low income seniors, but most are privately owned. Many of the privately owned properties offer reduced rents to low-income tenants with assistance from Dept. of Housing Urban Development (HUD). You should be aware that senior apartments usually have a captured audience with a significant waiting lists period. The following table provides a listing of senior apartments in your state; those that may have subsidized units are identified with an "S" in the right hand column

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Senior Housing Options


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Contact: Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
PO Box 8330
San Juan, PR 00910-8330