San Diego is uniting behind age friendly communities in a major way.
Both the County of San Diego and City of Chula Vista are adopting age-friendly projects and principles as members of the World Health Organization and AARP Age Friendly Communities Network.
In addition, The San Diego Foundation Age Friendly Communities Program, with support from the Del Mar Healthcare Fund, has granted more than $1 million to bring awareness and increase capacity to programs, services and partnerships to create a community for all ages to thrive.
RE’FLECT Documentary Series
The project is a partnership between The San Diego Foundation, RE’FLECT and other groups, to bring a fresh and inspiring look to the topic of aging. Through six real-life stories, and complementary town hall events, RE’FLECT will dive deep into the challenges and opportunities facing San Diego’s aging population.
This series will provide insight into the active and engaged world of today’s seniors who are living out loud and defying stereotypes associated with aging. Their stories unfold through interviews, day-in-the-life footage, and archival materials.
Also featured are the many healthy living opportunities San Diego affords seniors, from work to play to volunteering, and everything in between.
Watch Episode 1:
As a sponsor, The San Diego Foundation is excited to generate more community engagement and dialogue around one of San Diego’s most pressing challenges.
Very soon, the population demographic in the region will change. According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, the number of people 65 and over in San Diego County is expected to double by 2030.
We believe there is a need to think differently about this new generation of older adults, and find more ways to ensure that these San Diegans can age in place and stay connected to their communities.
This partnership with RE’FLECT does just that.
Reaching diverse audiences across San Diego, the documentary series will raise awareness about common challenges, such as inclusion and accessibility.
Over the course of 2017, RE’FLECT will host town hall events and screenings across San Diego to bring attention to the people, challenges and solutions highlighted throughout the series.
Check back at The San Diego Foundation event page to learn more about the events we are co-hosting.
The momentum for building a more age friendly region in San Diego is growing. Be part of the movement and support Age Friendly Communities today.
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About Alejandra Sotelo-Solis
Alejandra manages The Foundation’s efforts to promote livable communities for all ages. She identifies opportunities to support community based initiatives, organized around the WELL (Work, Enjoy, Live and Learn) framework, that best integrate services for older adults to reduce isolation and poor health, and increase quality of life. Alejandra also serves as a Council Member in National City.