North Fort Myers — The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida announced today that its board of directors has approved a change to its official mission statement. The new mission statement is now “Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida connects older adults and adults with disabilities to resources and assistance for living safely with independence and dignity.” The statement was crafted by AAASWFL staff after several months of assessment and review. “Our agency is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, so it’s a great time to reexamine our focus,” explains Marianne Lorini, President and CEO for AAASWFL. “Our previous mission statement was more task-oriented. The new mission statement reveals a client-centered focus. It reflects not only what we do but our vision for the clients we serve.” In 2017, AAASWFL assisted more than 33,000 older adults, caregivers and others in Southwest Florida through its programs and services, including the Elder Helpline, SHINE Medicare counseling, and health and wellness workshops. The agency received more than 65,000 calls to its toll-free helpline last year from individuals seeking services for older adults. “Every member of our staff participated in crafting the new mission statement,” adds Lorini. “We had company-wide workshops and a committee that worked on the new statement. Everyone’s input was valued—from the folks who work with clients every day to our office and administrative staff. Our board of directors was impressed by the entire team’s commitment to the organization and our clients.” The mission statement is one of a number of new initiatives for AAASWFL in recent months. The agency restructured its organizational chart in February. AAASWFL also launched a redesigned website in April and e-newsletter in May. The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is a nonprofit organization serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, and Sarasota Counties. AAASWFL is the state’s designated Aging and Disability Resource Center for Southwest Florida. More information about the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is available at www.aaaswfl.org or by calling the toll-free Helpline at 866-413-5337 (866-41-ELDER).