is a partnership of the Orlando Fire Department and the Senior Resource
Alliance, our local area agency on aging. Elder-Links connects seniors
with local programs and services that may help them live with greater
independence, comfort, and dignity. It trains fire fighters to spot
abuse or self-neglect among elders and what to do about the situation.
Through Elder-Links, anytime a fire fighter sees a senior in need of
services, the situation is documented and the Senior Help-line is called
Elder-Links serves as a bridge between the senior in need of services
and the Senior Help-line that will connect the senior with the
appropriate resources and services. The goals of Elder-Links are to: 1)
train fire fighters to recognize abusive or self-neglect situations and
how to handle the situation; 2) connect the senior in need of services
with the Senior Help-line to receive the resources and services needed,
and 3) follow up on all referrals to assure the senior's needs were met.
Elder-Links is making the connection and helping to change the future of
As the elderly population continues to grow, the Elder-Links program
will continue to assist in providing the missing link that connects
senior citizens with social programs in the community.