Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission is to promote dignity and respect for aging, and to advocate for independence in the lives of Pima County’s older adults and their families, now and for generations to come.

Core Values

  • Respecting the knowledge, abilities, wisdom and contributions of our aging population and our experienced staff
  • Fostering collaborative relationships across all sectors of the community, including government and private sector businesses, volunteers, partners, donors and supporters
  • Providing timely delivery of accessible, high-quality services to our diverse aging population
  • Involving input and embracing ideas of older individuals, extended family, friends and the broader community in meeting individual and community needs
  • Promoting dignity and respect for a diverse community population with a variety of socio-cultural needs and abilities
  • Advocating for freedom, independence and the free exercise of all individuals in planning and managing their own lives
  • Leading in its shared responsibility to advocate for improved services to the aging population
  • Serving as a catalyst for our community’s response to many challenges of an aging population
  • Practicing excellence in the standards of both the spirit and the letter of best governance practices

Envisioning A Community Commitment To Aging

  • Dedicated to ensuring livability for all its citizens in all aspects of life
  • An enlightened and educated community in which aging is understood and embraced as an essential, lifelong aspect of humanity, and is celebrated with dignity and respect, openness and mutuality
  • Ensuring ready access to aging services for a diverse population of older citizens and their families
  • Advocates for and ensures the best practices and highest standards related to elder rights and legal protections of older citizens
  • Fosters academic study in all aspects of the aging process and access to affordable, high-quality training for professionals and paraprofessionals in a wide variety of fields
  • Embraces persons who choose work in all social services fields and will enjoy working conditions and workplace settings commensurate with their responsibilities
  • Leads the way to create a community ethic in which ageism has been eliminated
  • Serves as the catalyst for the continued development and dissemination of community-based initiatives on aging issues
  • Serves as the authoritative community voice on age-related regional planning
  • Realizes a future in which all services to the aging population are sustained by both government and private funding

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