What is the Elder Affairs Coordinating Council?
315 W. Main Street, Suite 233
Tavares, FL 32778
Monday through Friday
8 a.m.to 5 p.m.
The Elder Affairs Coordinating Council has been established by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) to represent seniors in Lake County. The 13-member advisory Council was recently organized, holding its first meeting in September 2002. Members are volunteers who will advocate for seniors, assist in the coordination of scarce resources, serve as an information source on elder and aging topics, and inform County leaders about issues that are important to Lake County aging citizens.
What is the Council’s role?
The purpose of the Elder Affairs Coordinating Council is to provide the BCC with information regarding existing programs and facilities, identify services that would benefit elders and assist in making Lake County an “elder ready” community for a lifetime by:
- Developing partnerships to increase funding and enhance services;
- Advocating for elder issues on behalf of the BCC;
- Improving community awareness about elder issues;
- Increasing access to services for elders;
- Recommending policies and strategies that will address elder needs; and
- Assisting in the coordination of efforts among elder service providers to maximize resources and services.
Why is it important?
Seniors over the age of 60 represent the fastest-growing segment of the Lake County population and have a huge impact on the economy. With the baby-boomers fast approaching “senior” status, Lake County must act now to enhance resources, expand local capacity to meet these increasing demands and create an “elder-friendly” community. From recreational opportunities to long-term life care, Lake County must actively plan for the broad range of needs seniors present as they age.
Who are they?
Members of the Council are local residents appointed by the BCC to advise the County on elder and aging issues.
Meetings and more information
The Elder Affairs Coordinating Council usually meets on the fourth Thursday of every month, 9 a.m., at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Training Room A, Tavares, FL. The meetings are open to the public and citizens are always welcome. For more information, or to confirm a meeting date and time, call (352) 742-6520.