February 23, 2017 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation today announced $225,854 in grants to local nonprofits that will help enhance the quality of life for older adults and create communities where older adults can age in place, live affordably, and be fully included and engaged in all aspects of daily life.
Four grants supporting San Diego programs were awarded to Jewish Family Service ($70,000); Serving Seniors ($65,000); Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center ($60,854); and Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform ($30,000).
According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, a growing number of Baby Boomers are approaching retirement and it will be the largest group of educated and skilled older adults the U.S. has ever seen. The research predicts the number of people 65 and over in San Diego County is expected to double within the next 15 years.
The grants are part of the Age Friendly Communities Program, a partnership between The San Diego Foundation and The Del Mar Healthcare Fund at The San Diego Foundation. The program seeks to understand the challenges of this aging population boom and identify solutions for our region through partnership, education and meaningful action. To date, the County of San Diego and City of Chula Vista have adopted age friendly community values as members of the World Health Organization and AARP Age Friendly Communities Networks.
“By joining the World Health Organization and AARP Age Friendly Communities Networks, we are taking an innovative approach to partnerships that will strengthen quality of life for San Diegans of all ages,” shared Kathlyn Mead, President and CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “We encourage all San Diego municipalities to learn more about age friendly communities values and identify how they can be realized region wide.”
The 2017 Age Friendly Communities grants address at least one of four key Age Friendly domains – transportation, housing, social participation, and community support and health services.
About the 2017 Grantees
Jewish Family Service
On-the-Go Navigator – $70,000
Many older adults don’t have access to smart phones, which can limit their ability to receive the most effective and economical services. Jewish Family Service (JFS) will establish a transportation program that allows older adults to utilize ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft. Through the program, older adults will have increased access to social participation, community support and health services through a scalable, centralized and cost-effective method of transportation. JFS will partner will Lyft, Uber, 2-1-1 San Diego, SANDAG, San Diego County Volunteer Drive Coalition and the Council on Access and Mobility.
Senior Leadership Workshops – $65,000
Traditionally, there has been a lack of opportunity for older adults to be involved in civic engagement and leadership development programs. Serving Seniors will host 12 Senior Leadership Development Institute workshops for at least 600 older adults at senior facilities, community centers and businesses throughout San Diego County to focus on leadership skills such as becoming a compelling advocate, engaging on social media and gaining knowledge about public policy in the aging and civic engagement fields.
Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center
Rooted in Community Health Project – $60,854
A recent San Diego County study found that specific behaviors, including poor nutrition, can lead to four chronic conditions – diabetes, lung disease, heart disease and cancer – responsible for 59 percent of preventable deaths in National City. The Rooted in Community Health Project will improve nutrition in aging adults through education and training around healthy living practices. This collaboration between Operation Samahan and Olivewood Gardens will convene more than 100 older adults in the South County community to increase knowledge of and confidence in healthy cooking practices and physical activity. Participants in the program will also become ambassadors to teach their fellow community members about healthy living and eating.
Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR)
Long Term Care Housing – $30,000
Data is a powerful asset when adopting meaningful improvements in regional quality of life. With the grant, CARR will research whether San Diego communities have enough continuum-assisted living (AL) services to house and care for their dependent, elderly population. Through community discussions and data reports, the program will highlight strategies and methods to strengthen and expand local senior services, streamline care referrals and advance senior advocacy efforts and report on conclusions.
About The San Diego Foundation
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