Mission & Goals
The mission of the Senior Services Council (SSC) is to enhance the quality of life for people over 60 years of age living in the greater Valley Area by being a centralized resource of senior living information, education, support, and advocacy.
In 2013, the SSC identified several key goals that remain the chief goals of the Council:
- Sharing Information
- Provide community education
- Identify gaps in services and needs
- Sharing of data/advocacy
- Support to providers and the consumers they serve.
- Recruitment of other providers and consumers
- Raising awareness
A new Subcommittee was formed in 2019 to create a Valley Multi-disciplinary Team in this area. The Multi-Disciplinary Team reviews and presents cases, stating the successes and challenges in situations and difficulties that may be encountered; while giving support to providers of care and building networks, and presenting best practices.
The committee is looking to recruit other Senior Services organizations, providers and representatives from the municipalities to become involved. A collaborative approach that ensures all service providers are committed to providing an optimal service to clients to maximize their potential for change. In some agencies where there are clients with highly complex needs, multidisciplinary teams and inter-agency workers meet together regularly to support a client’s planning and progress.
For further information, please contact Elizabeth Laden at (203) 735-4389.
Monthly Meetings of Senior Services Providers—We hold monthly meetings of representatives from agencies that provide services to Valley seniors in order to share information, coordinate services and develop additional measures to improve the lives of area seniors and their families.
All meetings are scheduled for 2:30 pm and are held at the Shelton Senior Center (81 Wheeler Street, Shelton).
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The Senior Services Council grew out of a series of focus groups held in response to a Valley community assessment conducted in 2000 by the Mt. Auburn Associates, which did not address the needs of the senior population in the Valley. TEAM, Inc. and the Valley Council for Human Services invited providers to gather to assess gaps in service and to work collaboratively to address senior needs. In 2007, the Senior Services Council undertook a Senior Needs Assessment with the support of the Valley United Way and the Hewitt Foundation. The study, which was conducted by the Community Results Center of the United Way of Connecticut, identified four priority areas of need: transportation, social service support, housing and healthcare. These needs and others continue to be examined and addressed by the Senior Services Council, as an increasing number of Valley seniors age in place in their homes.
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Contact the Senior Services Council
If you’d like to learn more about the SSC or attend a meeting or event, please contact:
Elizabeth Laden, SSC Chairperson
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