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County of Santa Clara to Present Seniors' Agenda at Public Forum

Community Input to be Followed by Final Recommendations, Approval by Board of Supervisors
 WHAT:
After a summer of more than 20 meetings and workshops attended by over 100 community leaders, senior service providers, advocacy groups and seniors, the Department of Aging and Adult Services and community partners will present the Seniors’ Agenda Action Plan commissioned by the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. The plan seeks to create and develop services and opportunities to improve the lives of seniors and their families in Santa Clara County.
 
The Seniors’ Agenda will be unveiled at a Public Forum, where the plan of action, goals and efforts in areas such as transportation, volunteerism, information/assistance, education and outreach, and aging policy will be shared with the community as a whole. Input and recommendations will be included in final recommendations and approval by the Board of Supervisors in October.
 
WHO:
County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Santa Clara County Social Services Agency, Department of Aging and Adult Services
Community based organizations and advocacy groups serving seniors
Santa Clara County seniors, family members and support networks

WHEN:
Thursday, September 20, 2012, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:
333 West Julian Street, San Jose, CA 95110 (Auditorium)

WHY:
According to projections, Santa Clara County's senior population will double in the next 10 years, and by 2030, the population of residents over age 75 will triple.  The Seniors’ Agenda will provide a roadmap to 1) enable as many seniors as possible to participate in the community, 2) remain supported in their own homes or setting of their choosing, 3) have personal and public safety, and 4) have access to health services and social support programs. It also will educate the community about services available to seniors.
 
After sharing the Seniors’ Agenda and gathering public feedback on September 20th, the plan, along with County Policy Recommendations will be presented to the Board of Supervisors subcommittee on Children, Seniors and Families on October 18th for their endorsement, and a presentation to the full Board of Supervisors for approval.
 
Background
 
In 2011, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors instructed the Department of Aging and Adult Services to analyze the needs of a burgeoning senior population and to make
recommendations for how to best serve this population.  In April, 2012, the County released the document “Quality of Life Assessment” which summarizes those needs.  In response, the Board of Supervisors commissioned a Phase II of the Seniors’ Agenda to develop an action plan that addresses the identified needs. 
 
In addition to the Social Services Agency and other County agencies, key to the establishment of an agenda will be input from academic resources, community agencies, senior advisory commissions, advocacy organizations, aging services collaborations, seniors, individual stakeholders and the community at large.
 
For more information contact: Department of Aging and Adult Services at (408) 755-7600 or email seniorsagenda@ssa.sccgov.org

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Priscilla Aleman, Social Services Agency (408) 755-7600
Posted: September 14, 2012