Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
City of Lafayette United States of America
The Lafayette Senior Services Commission is a 7-member volunteer board appointed by City Council. Its mission is as follows: Identify those unique needs of the city’s residents aged 60 or over which might be met, in whole or in part, by the city, and to make reports and recommendations, from time to time, to the city council concerning appropriate action the city might take with respect to such needs. Specifically, and without limitation, the commission shall: (a) Identify the needs of the aging in the community and create a citizen awareness of these needs; (b) Encourage the improvement of standards of public and private services to the aging and coordinate among organizations providing these services by offering advice and assistance thereto; collect, maintain and interpret information and statistics on the aging for the use of citizens and organizations in the city; encourage the preparation of publications and the distribution of studies and research pertaining to the aging; (c) Advise the city council on all matters affecting the aging in the community; (d) Render advice and assistance to other city commissions, to the city staff and to private agencies on matters affecting the aging; (e) Support and work with Lafayette Senior Services Center coordinator to develop programs which will make the center a highly visible facility where seniors can obtain information, services and opportunities for education and socializing; (f) Promote and support the senior transportation program and the senior housing program; (g) Liaise with local, county, and regional forums and organizations which address topics of interest to seniors. Through Lafayette Senior Services: Recreational, educational and social programs: Classes on technology, cooking, memoir-writing, driver safety. Interest groups: hiking, ballroom dancing, bird-watching, dining, walking, local theater, discussion groups, book clubs. Presentations on opera, physical therapy topics and numerous varied one-time presentations. Services: Lamorinda Spirit Van: a door-through-door senior para-transit program; Resource center for older adult-related needs; Medicare counseling; Hearing screening; Peer counseling.Community groups, services and programs for older adults: Lamorinda Village, Lamorinda Movers, Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, SIRS, Rotary, Acalanes Adult Education, OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute, day programs for the memory-impaired.