San Diego Foundation Supports Aging Baby Boomers With Grants

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The San Diego Foundation will donate $225,854 in grants to local nonprofits to help a growing number of Baby Boomers that are approaching retirement, the group announced Saturday.

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As this older generation approaches retirement, they will become the largest group ever of educated and skilled older adults in the country, according to the U.S. administration on Aging. The grant money will help build an age-friendly San Diego.

It will help enhance the quality of life for older baby boomers and support communities where this generation can age comfortably, live affordably and feel fully included in all aspects of life, said foundation officials.

The Age Friendly Communities Program, a partnership between the San Diego Foundation and the Del Mar Healthcare Fund, is part of where the grants will be used, said foundation officials. The aging population boom creates challenges the program hopes to address.

Four grants will be awarded to San Diego programs, including Jewish Family Service ($70,000), Serving Seniors ($65,000), Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center ($60,854) and Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform ($30,000).

Jewish Family Service will help establish a transportation program that enables older adults to use ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft, said foundation officials. This allows them to regain more independence and control because many older adults don’t have smartphones to access these services.

Senior Leadership Workshops will encourage older adults to be involved in civic engagement and the community. Serving Seniors will hold 12 workshops for more than 600 older adults throughout San Diego County.

Moreover, the Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center will use the money to develop a Community Health Project. More than 100 older adults in South County will learn about healthy cooking practices and physical activity that can prevent major illnesses. Participants will become ambassadors who can spread healthy messages to the rest of the community about healthy life choices, said foundation officials.

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Research still hasn’t fully explored the depth of services and assisted living facilities that will be required to take care of the aging baby boomers. The Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform will research the number of Continuum-Assisted Living services that will be necessary to house and care for the expanding elderly population. This research group will use community discussions and data reports to develop local senior services.

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