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Town to Hold Senior Summit

Simsbury officials will convene the first ever Senior Summit on Tuesday, May 15

 

Submitted release

Hosted by First Selectman Mary Glassman, Deputy First Selectman John Hampton, Selectman Lisa Heavner and State Representative Linda Schofield, the event will offer senior citizens, their families, and community leaders a forum to voice their concerns and help Simsbury develop a comprehensive strategic plan to improve programs and services for seniors in Simsbury.

Declaring "2012 as the year of the senior citizen in Simsbury," Mr. Hampton hopes the forum helps facilitate a lively dialogue and an action plan on how to make Simsbury more "senior-friendly."

Panelists participating in the summit include representatives from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal's office, the Connecticut Commission on Aging, CT Department of Veterans' Affairs, the Center for Medicare Advocacy, McLean, and the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association, to name a few; they will address a variety of topics, ranging from hospice care to assisted living facilities, veterans benefits, long-term care, Alzheimer's disease and general aging information.

Federal, state & local resources will be made available on matters such as housing, public safety and transportation.

Town leaders and town staff will highlight current programs and services available -- such as tax relief -- and provide guidance on how to utilize them.

Attendees will be able to ask questions and share ideas on ways to improve quality of life for senior citizens in Simsbury.

"This summit is an important opportunity to listen and start planning for the service needs of our seniors tomorrow and into the future,” added Hampton. "And with the senior population expected to double in the next 20 years, it's critical that we directly involve the senior community now in the planning process to ensure their voices are heard."

The program begins at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. and is free.

For more information, contact John Hampton at 860.803.4072 or at jhampton@simsbury-ct.gov.

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