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Newsletter // April 2020
Social isolation is not a new crisis for seniors, but in the era of coronavirus it is one that our community is newly aware of. A third of San Diegans over age 65 live alone, many of whom have no one to care for them. For decades, our local senior centers have been a refuge for socially isolated seniors, supporting their health and wellbeing, and providing a necessary human connection.
Now, in the wake of a global pandemic, senior centers have been forced to close their doors at a time when older adults are more isolated than ever. Centers have shifted into crisis operations mode, offering minimal services as they are forced to lay off staff. Facilities that were already stretched thin are now hanging on by a thread.
As we adapt to this new normal under quarantine, the need for a robust regional support network for older adults has never been more clear. To this end, SDSCF has established the San Diego Seniors Coronavirus Recovery Fund to help senior centers and community-based organizations respond to the needs of vulnerable seniors during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please do what you can to support local seniors during this difficult time. Whether you are checking in with elderly neighbors, delivering meals or groceries, or donating to our fund, every bit helps. Young or old, San Diegans are all in this together and we will pull through.
Yours in health,
President & CEO
San Diego Seniors Community Foundation