The United Nations has recognized the inherent value of the aged in five basic principles: independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment, and dignity. We in the Elder Services program at the NVCSS Tehama County Family Resource Centers understand that to age successfully means addressing the needs of the whole person. We strive to improve the quality of life for seniors by incorporating the U.N. principles into our program; by providing referrals, assistance, education and information, and by raising the awareness of healthy aging where we live. By giving our elders the tools for empowerment and self-advocacy, they will in turn strengthen our families and our community.
We serve the elder population of Tehama County with these goals:
- to help improve their quality of life;
- to ensure their well-being;
- to empower elders to be their own advocates and be a force for advocacy;
- to promote healthy and successful aging;
- to raise the visibility of positive aging in the community;
- to give seniors the tools to help themselves and to be there to help them if they cannot help themselves.
These goals are specifically achieved through a number of deliberate and meaningful activities such as TeleCare, HICAP Counseling, and a variety of weekly educational classes (Falls Prevention, Nutrition Education, Diabetes Education, Elderly Depression, Financial Literacy, and more).