Are We Ready to Support San Diego’s Aging Adult Population?

“Responding to the maturing of America … [makes] communities more livable places for all ages – good places to grow up and to grow old.” – Livable Communities for All Ages, Partners for Livable Communities

As a region, we’re getting older.

By 2030, the number of people 65 and over is expected to double in San Diego County.

And we are not alone. Today, one in three Americans is over 50 years old and by 2030, one in every five will be over 65.

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How Prepared Are We?

Our nation’s Baby Boomers are soon set to retire, which will result in an unprecedented generation of retirees.

It will be the largest group of educated and skilled older adults our country has ever seen. With the rising numbers of older adults in our communities, the question is: Are we ready?

Cities and regions across the country are grappling with this same question.

Indeed, a recent survey by SANDAG for the County of San Diego on our county’s older adult population sheds light on the types of challenges we will increasingly confront as more of our population grows older:

  • Isolation and loneliness, often associated with living alone
  • Housing issues
  • Medical issues
  • Personal safety
  • Cost of living

Is your neighborhood livable for all ages? Take this quiz to find out.

Supporting San Diego’s Aging Population

With this in mind, Del Mar Healthcare has collaborated with The San Diego Foundation to invest nearly $1 million into the nonprofit community to support and enhance the lives of our aging population in the San Diego region.

Over the course of our collaboration, we have come to recognize that if we can make our communities more livable for older adults, everyone benefits. And we are not alone in this perspective.

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AARP has teamed up with the World Health Organization to work with over four dozen cities in 21 states to make their communities more “age friendly”.

These communities are investing in making their streets safer and more walkable, expanding options for housing and transportation, increasing access to key services and finding more ways to ensure that older adults can age in place and stay connected to the communities in which they live.

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