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President’s Message

Welcome to our website!  We appreciate you taking the time to learn more about our organization and hope we will have the opportunity to meet you in person soon at one of our regularly scheduled meetings or events.

If you are a nurse or other healthcare professional, the odds are great that you care for older adults in your practice unless you are in the maternal-child specialty. The 1960s “Age of Aquarius” has evolved into the “Age of the Baby Boomers” with 10,000 turning 65 every day until the year 2031 and 100 people turning 85 every day!!

And most healthcare dollars in the U.S. are spent by older adults who utilize:

  • 57% of visits to internists and family practitioners
  • 50% of hospital admissions
  • 80% of home care visits
  • 90% of nursing home care

As Floridians we have greater numbers of older adults to care for than any other state.  The 2014 U.S. Census Bureau data reveled that 19.1% of Florida’s population is 65 and older, the highest percentage in the nation!  Sumter County, west of Orlando, is the only U.S. county where more than half (52.9%) of residents are 65 and older and at 65.9 years has the highest mean age in America.

And now some facts about FLGNA…

Who We Are

FLGNA is the Florida Chapter of the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) whose mission is to equip the workforce with the necessary skills and knowledge to care for older adults. Our chapter membership consists of a collaborative and passionate group of professionals from across the care continuum -nurses & nursing students, nurse educators, social workers, care managers, healthcare administrators and others –  committed to lifelong professional development and promoting quality care for older adults.

Our Purpose

To promote quality of care for the older adult by enhancing the professionalism of the gerontological healthcare worker through collaboration and education.

Our Goals

  • Provide a forum in which gerontological issues are identified and explored
  • Conduct educational programs
  • Disseminate information and research results related to gerontological issues
  • Advocate for legislative activities which enhance the quality of care of the older adult
  • Utilize grants, donations, and gifts to conduct activities which further the goals and purposes of FLGNA
  • Support the professional development of the gerontological healthcare worker

Additional information about membership, meetings, events and other topics of interest awaits on our website.  Please feel free to contact us via our email address flgna2012@gmail.com with any questions or comments.


Marilyn Chrisman, MS, RN, GCNS-BC

Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist

FLGNA President