Our Mission Statement

The Seniors Council is a community-based non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization providing services in Santa Cruz, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Monterey Counties.

It is the mission of the Seniors Council to enable older persons to function with independence and dignity in their homes and in the community to their fullest capacity.


World Elder Awareness Day 2014


Every year an estimated 5 million seniors are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23 cases go unreported. 

For information about recognizing the signs of abuse, click here.  
For information about how to protect yourself from abuse, click here. 
For information about protecting yourself from scams, click here. 

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a federally-funded program which provides low-income seniors with $20 worth of coupons that can be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs and honey at Certified Farmers' Markets.   The Seniors Council/Area Agency on Aging administers this program for Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties.

To qualify, you must be age 60 or older and have an income at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level.  Coupons are distributed once per year on a first-come, first-served basis at a limited number of Farmer’s Market sites, usually during June and July.  For more information and a current recording of dates and locations, call 831-688-0400, ext. 118

Programs of the Seniors Council

  • Out To Help the CommunityOperates the Area Agency on Aging in San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.

  • Operates the Foster Grandparent Program in Santa Cruz, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Monterey Counties.

  • Operates the Senior Companion Program in Santa Cruz, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Monterey Counties.

  • Operates Project SCOUT program, providing tax-preparation and assistance through its dedicated core of volunteers in Santa Cruz County.

  • Operates the Tri-County In-Kind Program distributing surplus goods to other non-profit agencies.

  • Conducts public hearings, workshops and forums to explore issues of interest to seniors.

  • Receives federal, state and local funds for seniors services, distributes those funds to direct service providers, and oversees program operations.

Programs of the Seniors Council

2012-2016 Needs Assessment Report Summary download

The Seniors Council is a member of the Human Care Alliance.