By the year 2030, 1 in 4 San Diegans will be age 60 or older. The infrastructure, services and supports necessary to help this burgeoning population age in place and maintain independence is woefully inadequate. We believe the time for solutions is now, and philanthropy will be key.
Through a new program called Connections Through Technology, the Peninsula Shepherd Center is providing tablets and technology training to help homebound seniors stay connected to loved ones and participate in virtual programming.
Seniors at the Neighborhood House Association senior center received tablets funded by a No Senior Alone grant to help them stay connected during COVID-19
San Diego Seniors Community Foundation gave $226,794 to senior centers around the county last year, with more than $48,000 to senior centers across North County.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder for seniors to connect with loved ones, go to work, and volunteer in their communities. As Bob Kelly argues in this op-ed, the loss of seniors in the public sphere has come at a tremendous cost to the San Diego region.