By 2030, there will be more than 28,000 Jewish older adults over the age of 60 living in San Diego County and we believe it is our duty to ensure that these lives are cared for in the most dignified way possible. That’s why we created the Aging in Community Initiative to address those in need today – and prepare for the growing challenges ahead.
The goal of the Federation’s Aging in Community Initiative is to empower Jewish older adults to thrive in home and community safely, independently, and comfortably - regardless of age, income, or social status. This is accomplished by providing scalable, meaningful solutions to the challenges Jewish older adults face including social isolation, access to services, assistance with routine tasks, and many others.
It Takes a Village
This will be accomplished by creating a virtual village to create a wide array of support for elders by building on existing community assets while expanding social and civic engagement opportunities for all community members. Networks of older adults and adult volunteers of all ages work together to serve each other. The villages will connect elders to community support services and civic engagement opportunities, and allow for community-owned organizations in which neighbors of any age serve and support each other.
By assessing the most crucial needs of our senior community, Aging in Community will offer a single source of contact for an array of non-medical services for Jewish older adults from help around the house, ensuring that a senior never sits in the dark because he or she is unable to change a lightbulb or simply making sure that a senior is connected to a community of friends so they never feel alone. The village will serve as a centralized resource to support older adults and provide peer-based opportunities.
Estimated San Diego Residents Aged 60+ by 2030
Read our 2013 study on aging populations in the San Diego community