Older Adults Enjoy an Age-Friendly San Diego Thanks to $130,000 in Grants from The San Diego Foundation

Press Release from The San Diego Foundation

May 3, 2018 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation today announced $130,000 in additional grant funding for programs that enhance the quality of life of older adults and create a region where older adults can age in their communities, live affordably, and be socially and civically engaged.

The grantmaking, announced during Older Americans Month in May, supports two effective, proven programs in the region, the Jewish Family Service On-the-Go Navigator Program ($65,000) and Serving Seniors Senior Leadership Development Institute ($65,000).

According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, the number of San Diegans age 65 and older is expected to double over the next 15 years. The two grant programs, On-the-Go Navigator and the Senior Leadership Development Institute, will help meet the needs of the region’s aging community by creating an inclusive community for all San Diegans.

The Jewish Family Service On-the-Go Navigator Program offers older adults independence, connectivity, and access to cultural and recreational amenities as well as needed services in their communities. According to the American Public Transportation Association, older non-drivers make 15 percent fewer visits to the doctor, 59 percent fewer outings to shopping and restaurants, and 65 percent fewer trips to social, family, and religious activities, compared to those who still drive. By providing more than 3,000 rides to older adults through a state-of-the-art dispatch system, the grant program will help eliminate a significant barrier to social inclusion within the region.

The Serving Seniors Senior Leadership Development Institute will provide 1,000 older adults with the knowledge, tools and training they need to be active and engaged community leaders while increasing meaningful volunteerism. Training will take place through in-person workshops, webinars and civic engagement events at senior facilities, community centers and businesses throughout San Diego County, and will focus on leadership skills that enable individuals to reclaim their voices as vital members of society, while contributing to community action in areas of housing, transportation and health services.

“The San Diego Foundation Age-Friendly Communities Program was developed to address the region’s shifting demography and build communities where older adults can age in their communities,” shared Kathlyn Mead, President & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “The grants to Jewish Family Service and Serving Seniors will help promote self-reliance among San Diego’s older adults and contribute to improving quality of life for all San Diegans.

The San Diego Foundation Age-Friendly Communities program, established in part by The Del Mar Healthcare Fund at The San Diego Foundation, seeks to understand the challenges of the aging population boom and identify systems-level solutions for our region through education, policy and partnership.

The Age-Friendly Communities program is focused on establishing partnerships with local municipalities that will formally adopt age-friendly community values including the 8 domains of livability that influence the quality of life of older adults:  social participation; respect and social inclusion; civic participation and employment; transportation; community and health services; housing; outdoor spaces and buildings; and communication and information . To date, the County of San Diego and City of Chula Vista are two municipalities that have joined the World Health Organization and AARP Age-Friendly Communities Network and are working toward eight domains of livability by prioritizing their work to become more livable for both older residents and people of all ages.

To support the program and make San Diego a more age-friendly region, visit SDFoundation.org/agefriendly.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs now and forever.

Contacts

Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600, vheald@behmedia.com
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300, justin@sdfoundation.org