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Below is essential information designed for citizens ages 50+ in our community. These vital resources cover topics such as life/estate planning, health and social services, including the Senior Resources Directory for Santa Cruz County. Many of these items are developed by Scotts Valley Senior Life Association (SVSLA). New items are added often so bookmark this page to keep this information at your fingertips.

SVSLA presents these resources for your information. External websites are listed merely in the hope that some may prove of value to you. Please let us know if you feel their inclusion on this page presents a problem to you or your friends.

Title Description Event
» Life/Estate Planning «
“Important Estate Records” identifies the assets of the estate and their location Life Planning Event
“Letter of Instructions to Heirs” provides heirs crucial information to help them carry out your estate plan Life Planning Event
“What to do When a Spouse Dies” a timeline of things to do within the first year after a spouse dies Life Planning Event
» Health «
“Senior Center without Limits” enrichment activities, e.g., yoga, art, music and support groups, available to seniors in their homes at no cost (via Zoom) Community Bridges of SC County
“AED demonstration video” instructional video about using the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at Spring Lakes Park (26 minutes) AED unit for Spring Lakes Park
“AED demonstration video” instructional video about using the AED at Montevalle Senior Residential Community (5 minutes) AED unit for Montevalle
» Social Services «
“2020 Senior Resources Directory” directory of social services for senior citizens including counseling, health care, finances, food and meal programs, home care, housing, legal services, transportation and more Senior Network Services
“Widows and Widowers Coffee & Conversation Gatherings” self-running informal networking groups gather periodically in neighborhood meetings to share conversation and develop comradeship New Horizons Community
“2018 Senior Project Magazine” listings of social and health services, transportation, educational opportunities and activities and for senior citizens. (SVSLA‘s print ad is on page 18.) GoodTimes Santa Cruz’s magazine for the 55+ community</td>
» Financial Resources «
“Senior & Disabled Citizen Tax Exemption” Contact your local school district to inquire about parcel tax exemptions for senior and disabled citizens. Scotts Valley Unified School District’s phone # is (831) 438-1820 and their parcel tax exemption form is available here. County of Santa Cruz Tax Collector
» Internet Resources for Seniors «
“OLLI’s Internet Resources for Seniors” At the OLLI website, click Activities, then click Internet for Seniors to view a variety of useful and encouraging information directed to seniors. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
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