Aging System Policy Coordination
The role of the Aging System Policy Coordinator is to support and monitor community-based programs in Sarasota County and to enhance community collaborations and partnerships that address aging and age-related initiatives. This includes Age-Friendly Sarasota/Community for All Ages Initiative.
In 2015, Sarasota County became Florida’s first community to join the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities and the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.
Sarasota County has assumed responsibility of this initiative and will be completing the 5-year final progress report (2020) and creating the new action plan based on numerous consumer surveys, focus groups, data collection and analysis.
Age-Friendly communities seek to create an environment that empowers all people to live purposeful, active lives that promote inclusion and respect. It includes the combination of community members, government, business, nonprofits, and media to work together in developing services, systems and policies that enhance livability for people of all ages and abilities. The Age-Friendly Initiative is a journey, not a destination. It a cycle of continuous quality improvement. each of us has a part to play, we are all part of the larger community.
Seniors Advisory Council (SAC)-Sarasota County has an 11-member Seniors Advisory Council (Resolution NO. 2019-006) whose purpose is to provide a conduit for citizen input to the Board of County Commissioners on issues and conditions affecting Sarasota County’s older adult community. This includes serving at the reviewing Council for the Age Friendly Sarasota Action Plan, providing advice and input for strategies and review of outcomes. https://www.scgov.net/government/advisory-boards-and-councils/community-services/seniors-advisory-council
SAC meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month, 3-4:30 pm at the William L. Little Health and Human Services Center, 2200 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237
Aging Stakeholders (Community Alliance Subcommittee)- Brings together the public and professionals in the field of aging and aging services to share information, provide education and address emerging issues. Collectively develops the legislative priorities for aging related issues.
Aging Stakeholders meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month from 9-10 am at the William L. Little Health and Human Services Center, 2200 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237
Sarasota Senior Advocacy Council-Address the unmet needs of low-income older adults living in Sarasota County by establishing a network of professionals who can identify, advocate for and assist with unmet needs.
Sarasota Senior Advocacy Council meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 8:30-9:30 am at Senior Friendship Centers 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, FL 34236
If you are aware of a family or individual in need of services dial 2-1-1 or 941-308-4357. This is the intake and referral service for related needs.