The San Diego Foundation Age Friendly Communities program seeks to understand the challenges of our older adults, and promotes San Diegans aging in place and staying connected to their communities.
According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, between 2003 and 2013 the population age 60 and over increased 30.7 percent from about 48 million to almost 63 million. In San Diego County, the number of people 65 and over 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.
By exploring common challenges – such as isolation and safety – and researching Age Friendly Communities solutions in transportation, housing, outdoor spaces and buildings, community support and health services, respect and social inclusion, communication and information, and civic participation and employment, we are improving the quality of life in San Diego by creating accessible, equitable and inclusive communities for all residents.
The Future of Age Friendly Communities is a series of events hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement at The San Diego Foundation and UC San Diego. The programs provide a valuable opportunity to engage leading thinkers who raise provocative questions and highlight new possibilities for our region.
We also partner with several nonprofit organizations and agencies that support Age Friendly Community efforts, including: San Diego County Aging & Independent Services; AARP; ElderHelp; Neighborhood House Association; Jewish Family Services; Southern CA Caregivers Association; Glenner Services; St. Paul’s Senior Services; OASIS; SANDAG; Seniors Serving Seniors; The Center – LGBT; Tierrasanta Village; Alzheimer’s Association; San Diego State University, and UC San Diego.