About Us


History

As a result of the Sedona Academy Forum in 2000, “Aging in Sedona – Challenges and Opportunities,” it was concluded that the community of Sedona wanted a task force on aging, a “Hub” Information Clearinghouse, and a Sedona Commission on Aging.  The Sedona – Verde Valley Task Force on Aging was created for this purpose and decided to broaden its vision to represent the entire Verde Valley.

 

Since 2000, the task force has developed partnerships, created outreach networks, and used multiple methods to research and educate the Verde Valley community on aging issues. We have supported the production of seminars, art exhibitions, business training programs, educational opportunities, dispensing of information about aging, and have aided in developing a larger health interactive Internet website in Northern Arizona. In 2003, the task force began the process with the Sedona City Council to investigate the feasibility of forming a Sedona Commission on Aging. Final results of this study recommended the city provide a Senior Information Referral Specialist and to recognize this group as an advocate for seniors issues and form a partnership with a binding letter of agreement. In 2004, the task force reorganized to become a 501(c)3 organization and established the VERDE VALLEY SENIORS IN ACTION COALITION. Six years later, in 2010, the Coalition expanded the work of senior advocacy to include municipalities throughout Northern Arizona changing their business name to the NORTHERN ARIZONA SENIORS IN ACTION COALITION (NAZSAC).

 

NAZSAC partners and participants include AARP,  NCCO, NCOA, WOW (Wider Opportunities for Women), Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging (GACA) and the Office on Aging, Yavapai College - Center for Successful Aging, Verde Valley Caregivers, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Sedona Community Center, Verde Valley Senior Center, Camp Verde Senior Center, NACOG & the Area Agency on Aging, Northern Arizona Interfaith Council (NAIC), Cornucopia Community Advocates, the Fiduciary of Yavapai County, Senior Corps/Senior Companions, United Way, elected officials and private individuals from the surrounding area and State.




Accomplishments

 

  • Several NAZSAC members served on the Sedona Commission on Aging Study Committee including the President who served as chair of this study committee, recommending:
  • The City of Sedona creates a new staff position, Senior Information Referral Specialist, to provide easy access to information seniors seek. This position is a city employee and has an office at the senior center.
  • Entered into a Cooperation Agreement between the City of Sedona advising city council on issues affecting seniors signed May 16, 2006
  • Partnered with 6 area organizations to produce the Spotlight on Seniors event – September 30, 2006
  • Assisted Verde Valley Senior Center for Meal on Wheels funding from the Town Council of Camp Verde & the City Council of Cottonwood.
  • Entered into a Cooperation Agreement with the Town of Camp Verde on February 5, 2007
  • Advised the Camp Verde Senior Center during the 2007-2009 remodel grant & other organizational procedures.
  • Created the Seniors in Action Business Alliance – affinity group with Sedona Chamber of Commerce, partnering with local businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals to encourage business development dedicated to providing services seniors seek and leading the way to foster a mature workforce in the Verde Valley.
  • Starting in 2007, regularly attend the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging’s committee meetings at the State Capitol: Legislature & Policy Committee, Mature Workforce Committee and Social, Health & Alzheimer’s Committee bringing information discussed back to the Verde Valley and Northern Arizona.
  • Invited to speak at the 2008 Governor’s Conference on Aging, topic: Advocates, Municipalities & Chambers; sharing the Coalition’s endeavor of bringing the City of Sedona together with the Sedona Chamber of Commerce on the subject of educating the business community to the mature workforce and other senior issues by creating the Seniors in Action Business Alliance (SABA).
  • Beginning in 2007, provided support and information to the organizers of the Sedona Sunrise Adult Day Care Center with plans to open an adult day care center in Sedona.
  • In 2008, prepared a report for the Camp Verde Mayor and Town Council on park recommendations for an age-friendly 118-acre park suggesting outdoor exercise equipment for seniors and other senior considerations for outdoor spaces and buildings.
  • Assisting the Sedona Sunrise Center for Adults towards a goal of sustainability by securing agency funding from the City of Sedona and provide a research study of successful adult day care centers in the U.S.
  • Regularly attend the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging bi-monthly meetings; Member of the following committees: Legislature & Policy, Mature Workforce, and the Social, Health & Alzheimer’s
  • In 2010, expanded organization to serve Northern Arizona
  • In 2011, developed a partnership with Verde Valley Medical Center to encourage a collaboration between service providers to implement a Care Transitions program
  • In 2013, we began the formation of an Adult Pull-Up (diaper) Bank for Northern Arizona

  • In 2016, NAZSAC joined the Arizona Attorney General's TaskForce Against Senior Abuse (TASA).


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