MIAMI – In response to COVID-19, and with concern for the health and safety of older adults, the Miami-Dade County Elder Affairs Board created a mask drive and reached the 10,000 mark on Aug. 11. In the morning, Elder Affairs Advisory Board Member Karen Bullard-Jones and Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson’s Chief of Staff, Misty Brown, delivered 300 masks. The face masks were donated by Vitas Healthcare and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. In the afternoon, Teri Busse-Arvesu, Senior advocate for the Office of the Mayor, delivered 200 gloves donated by the Mayor’s Initiative on Aging and 500 masks donated by Silvia Lopez of Community Medical Group to the Residential Plaza Blue Lagoon. Both donations were made on behalf of the Elder Affairs Advisory Board.
The Elder Affairs Board was established by an ordinance and approved unanimously by the Board of County Commissioners. The Board’s mission is to expand the support for seniors in Miami-Dade County, while allowing them to play a more active role in the local government by crafting strategies to better meet their needs. The Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, to assist the elderly community, which makes up 16 percent of the County’s population.