The Wilton Social Services Department and the office of the first selectwoman are developing a senior discount program. The program will potentially provide a comprehensive guide to discounts offered to senior residents, age 65 and older, at participating Wilton \u00a0organizations and businesses, according to Sarah Gioffre, coordinator of community affairs in the first selectwoman\u2019s office. The department has developed a short, online survey to identify available discounts and to identify businesses and organizations that would like to start offering discounts to seniors, Gioffre said. \u00a0 A number of neighboring communities, including Ridgefield and Fairfield, offer similar programs which have been very well received by both businesses and senior residents, she said. Several Fairfield businesses reported they saw a significant increase in foot traffic and increased sales. Ridgefield offers its Gold Card Discount Program free to residents 65 and older. Card holders receive various free and discounted services from numerous town departments, organizations and businesses. Wilton\u2019s \u201cprogram would encourage seniors to shop locally and enjoy savings while spending is kept in the Wilton community,\u201d Gioffre said in a statement. \u201cThe Board of Selectmen, the Wilton Economic Development Commission, and the Wilton Chamber of Commerce have all shown their support for the program.\u201d \u00a0 Participating businesses and organizations will be listed in an online Senior Discount Program brochure and senior residents would only need to show their identification, such as a driver\u2019s license, to qualify for available discounts. The brochure would list participating businesses and organizations and their associated discounts as well as provide information on discounted and free services provided by the town. While the brochure would primarily be an online resource, printed copies would also be made available at the Wilton Senior Center and other locations around town. \u201cWe are thrilled to be working on such an exciting project that will be beneficial to our senior residents. Some businesses in town already offer discounts to seniors, and we hope to encourage more businesses to do the same,\u201d said Sarah Heath, director of Wilton Social Services. She said she thought the program would be rolled out early next year. The online brochure will include town services available to seniors and benefits associated with being a senior in Wilton, she said. All Wilton-based businesses and organizations are invited to complete the survey to express interest in participating in the program. The survey will take less than five minutes and is available at the following link: https:\/\/www.surveymonkey.com\/r\/MXTPHJR. Questions about the program may be directed to Sarah Heath at email@example.com or Sarah Gioffre at firstname.lastname@example.org.