May 11 at 10:27pm

The San Diego Foundation Awards $25,000 To Interfaith Senior Program

San-Diego-Foundation-LOGO_COLOR The following is a press release published on May 11, 2016 by The San Diego Foundation.  The original press release can be found here.

May 11, 2016 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation, in partnership with The Del Mar Healthcare Fund at The San Diego Foundation, today announced grants for seven local programs that will enhance the quality of life for older adults in San Diego County.

The 2016 Age Friendly Communities grants total $276,000 and will help create communities where older adults can age in place, live affordably, and are fully included and engaged in all aspects of daily life. The grant programs will also support a regional effort by the County of San Diego and City of Chula Vista to adopt these values as members of the World Health Organization and AARP Age Friendly Communities Network.

The grants awarded include: County of San Diego ($75,000); Children’s Initiative ($51,000); City of Chula Vista ($50,000); UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging ($25,000); Alliance for Regional Solutions ($25,000); Alzheimer’s San Diego ($25,000); and Interfaith Community Services ($25,000).

“The San Diego region has an opportunity to serve as a global role model by leveraging the talents and energy of its older adults,” urged Don Ambrose, President of Del Mar Healthcare, Inc. “Today, we have a very different social structure than past generations, with more retired residents living active, independent lifestyles in their communities. In order for these San Diegans to age in place and continue playing a role in their neighborhoods, we must ensure that the needs of this population are considered as our public officials and leaders plan and implement projects.”

“By joining the World Health Organization and AARP Age Friendly Communities Network, the region’s leaders have taken important first steps to ensure San Diego’s older adults can age in place and stay connected to their communities,” explained Kathlyn Mead, President and CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “The latest Age Friendly Communities grantmaking will ensure that this momentum continues by addressing specific challenges and opportunities to help create a more accessible, equitable and inclusive region for all residents.”

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. The San Diego Foundation seeks to understand the challenges of this aging population boom and potential solutions for our region through education and information.

In 2013, The San Diego Foundation Age Friendly Communities program released theEvaluation of The Our Aging Society report, which analyzed the impact of grants made from 2011 to 2013 to improve the quality of life for seniors throughout the region. The research indicated that philanthropy played a direct role in increasing social connections among older adults, decreasing isolation, and improving physical and mental health. The data also emphasized that continuing awareness, reducing barriers to community participation, and delivering high quality social programs are all factors to grow San Diego as an age friendly community.