Seniors are our fastest growing demographic here in San Mateo County – and I am among them. By 2030, 25% of our population will be 65 according to our Commission on Aging.
At our July 10th Board Meeting, and in preparation for this “gray tsunami, the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to join the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Global Network and establish the County’s Age-Friendly Initiative.
Through this initiative, we will reimagine our infrastructure and policy so that our seniors can age in place and have a meaningful quality of life. We will be piloting this initiative in three cities - Redwood City, Daily City, and Pacifica – and look forward for all cities in this County to earn the designation “Age Friendly” – some 600 jurisdictions have done so worldwide. The end result will be for our seniors to age safely, be free from poverty, continue to develop personally, and contribute to their communities.
I look on advancing the Age-Friendly Initiative with Supervisor David Canepa.
To learn more on an Age-Friendly community please visit: https://extranet.who.int/agefriendlyworld/