The Leadership Coalition on Aging (LCA)’s mission is to enrich the lives of Collier County seniors and their caregivers by way of resource sharing, education, advocacy, and community outreach. The coalition currently consists of over 50 organizations serving seniors; including nonprofits, corporate entities, governmental agencies, as well as independent advocates. Members have expertise in a broad spectrum of fields such as health & wellness, home care, legal, financial, senior living, counseling & support, veterans affairs, emergency response, community service, social services, recreation, transportation & more.
How LCA Started
Collier County has been a longstanding haven for folks retiring and seeking paradise. The region developed as a mecca for tourism and seasonal visitors, but as the community grew it became increasingly apparent that the infrastructure of social services to support aging and social welfare for a booming senior population were not developing at the same rate.
In 2012, a group of civic grassroots leaders and advocates established the Leadership Coalition on Aging to act as a conduit and foster collaboration among organizations that provide services to seniors in Collier County. The new collective was organized as an extension of Collier Senior Resources, as a 501(c)(3).
A Legacy of Leadership
In 2013, the Leadership Coalition on Aging with the support of Collier Senior Resources and other local organizations sponsored the FGCU Study on Senior Needs Assessment . Read the full Needs Assessment Report. The study revealed that the complexity of social services posed real challenges for seniors to access help. It also depicted socio-economic, transportation, and other factors within geographic areas of the county.
Subsequently, local leaders started working on establishing senior centers as a means to address the senior needs in our community.
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