San Diego is facing an ongoing boom of new older adults. By 2030, the population of adults 65 and older will have doubled in just 10 years to 722,545.

This presents an array of opportunities and challenges that affect every San Diegan.

Fortunately, partners across all industries, from philanthropy to local government, are committed to making San Diego a place where everyone can age in place. In March, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to formally enter into the AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities.

That same week, The San Diego Foundation further strengthened this regional commitment by hosting its second Future40 event focused on Age Friendly Communities.

In partnership with the UC San Diego Stein Institute for Research on Aging, the event featured  expert Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, who inspired hundreds in the audience to play a role in helping our region become truly age friendly.

The Future of Age Friendly Communities Conversation

The conversation brought to light many eye-opening numbers, including:

Ai-jen emphasized how current obstacles (i.e. high cost of nursing homes) often prevent older adults from maintaining a high quality of life as they age.

This is why, as she outlined, family caregivers and professional care workers play an important role in transitioning San Diego into an age friendly community.

The event also looked at the many layers that factor into the conversation of caring for older adults. There is no singular solution, Ai-jen explained.

Private and public industries must join forces to build a sustainable system, she stated.

San Diego is making great strides, and moderator Nick Macchione, Director of the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, reiterated the County’s commitment to an age friendly community.

Participants shared that more support is needed.

Nick encouraged the region as a whole to get involved through volunteer opportunities or funding Age Friendly programs.

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Everyone can play a role to create a more vibrant San Diego. To learn more about how you can get involved, join the conversation at #Future40SD or in the comments below.

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