San Diego Seniors Community Foundation

Newsletter  //  March 2021

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Dear Friend,

In the last month we've been encouraged by the amazing progress San Diego County has made in vaccinating seniors, healthcare workers, and other essential members of our community. After a long, lonely year, we've finally reached a turning point in the pandemic.

Vaccinated seniors can now begin to resume activities that have been on hold for a year – like hugging their grandkids! But there's still work to be done to make it safe for older people to return to public life. We need to invest in creating more senior-friendly outdoor spaces, and make indoor spaces safer at senior centers and other places where older people gather.

Through our No Senior Alone initiative, SDSCF is raising money to do just that. We are only $236,000 away from reaching our $1 million goal! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are funding projects and programs to help seniors stay active, engaged, and connected to their communities so they can live healthy, vibrant lives.  

We hope you will join us in improving the lives of San Diego’s seniors by making a gift to the No Senior Alone campaign, which will be doubled through our matching challenge. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our efforts. More to come! 

Gratefully yours,
 
Ted Chan

Ted Chan, M.D.
Board Chairman
 
Bob Kelly

Bob Kelly
President & CEO

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Older women at the Neighborhood House Association senior center receive tablets funded by an SDSCF grant

NO SENIOR ALONE

Grant Program Helps Isolated Seniors During Pandemic

Seniors at the Neighborhood House Association senior center received tablets funded by a No Senior Alone grant to help them stay connected to loved ones and participate in online programming during COVID-19.

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MAKING AN IMPACT

Foundation Gives $48,000 in Grants to Senior Centers in North County

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.

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Peninsula Shepherd Center Programs Helping Seniors Stay Connected

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.

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Social Isolation a Health Hazard for San Diego County Seniors

Bob Kelly spoke to Newsradio 600 KOGO about the increased risk of suicide and other health concerns for socially isolated seniors in San Diego.

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Convening Examines the Intersection of Social Isolation, Health & Homelessness

Experts in the fields of medicine, aging, healthcare and homelessness discussed the negative impacts of social isolation on seniors and what can be done to mitigate them.

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How San Diego Seniors Can Navigate the Vaccine Appointment Process

Bob Kelly talks to CBS 8 with tips on how San Diego seniors age 65 and older can get appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Social Isolation Tied to Senior Homelessness in San Diego

Joe Gavin appeared on KUSI's Good Evening San Diego to explain how isolation and the lack of a support network are leading some older San Diegans to fall into homelessness.

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