Welcome to the Rhode Island Department of Human Services,
Division of Elderly Affairs (DEA) web site.
DEA is the designated state agency for programs and services for seniors and adults with disabilities, families and caregivers. DEA is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive, coordinated system of community-based long-term care. The agency is the state’s single planning and service area for seniors and adults with disabilities under the provisions of the Older Americans Act.
DEA funds and supports services such as information, referral and assistance, Meals on Wheels and community meal centers, advocacy, home care, the long term care ombudsman program, information and education about Medicare fraud, waste and abuse, and health insurance counseling. DEA funds THE POINT, Rhode Island’s Aging and Disability Resource Center.
The mission of DEA is to preserve the independence and promote the dignity of seniors and adults with disabilities.
Catherine Taylor, Director
Division of Elderly Affairs
Our Mission Statement:
"To preserve the independence, dignity, and capacity for choice for seniors, adults with disabilities, families and caregivers. "