The mission of the Senior Services Division is to develop and administer programs and activities that support older adults and adults with disabilities in their efforts to remain healthy, active and independent members of the community, and to provide, coordinate and advocate for services which promote the dignity and enrichment of life for all seniors, persons with disabilities, families and caregivers.
Every four years, each of the 650-plus Area Agencies (AAAs) around the country develops an Area Plan, as mandated by the Older Americans Act of 1965. The Frederick County Senior Services Division is the Are Agency on Aging for Frederick County. The plans are updated every year and will be completely revised next year, looking toward the next 4 years, 2020-2024.
Area Plan FY'19 outlines how the federal and some state grant funds ill be used toward the provision of services for older adults, caregivers and people with disabilities.
The Seniors First Committee was tasked to make recommendations on how the county should structurally organize and deliver services, review the Needs Assessment of the Aging Population (executive summary) that was completed on 2013; and implement the action items in the needs assessment.
The Seniors First Report was released to the public during Executive Gardner's public information briefing on November 28, 2016.
In the state of Maryland several demographic trends shape the Senior Services Division goals and priorities for service to the elderly. The number of elderly citizens is increasing. Of the nearly 5.3 million people in Maryland in 2000, 15% (801,036) were over the age of 60.The percentage is expected to increase to 23% of Maryland's projected population of 6 million by the year 2030.
In November 1965, the Frederick County Citizens Commission on Aging surveyed needs and concerns of Frederick County senior citizens and they recommended to the County Commissioners to establish an official Commission on Aging. Patricia B. Throne served as the chairman of that citizens' commission and in December 1965, the Frederick County Commissioners created the Commission on Aging as a county department, which was known as the Department of Aging. In 2018 the Department became the Senior Services Division. The Senior Services Division is overseen by the County Executive.