Seniors in Alameda County can find local services, resources and information to stay engaged and active in their communities through the newly launched "Age-Friendly County" website.
In a statement, county officials said improving "livability for people of all ages, while maintaining a specific focus on information that impacts older adults’ lives, was the driving force behind the site’s creation."
“Connecting seniors with the services they may need is more critical than ever during the COVID-19 emergency,” said Lori Cox, director of Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA). “What this site also does is connect seniors with information and opportunities to take action and contribute their talents, which benefits the whole community.”
The SSA developed the website with the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (HCSA), at the request of the Board of Supervisors, and in partnership with the Council for Age-Friendly Communities (Age Friendly Council).
The Age Friendly Council is comprised of community partners, advocates and county staff who collaborate on policies and system changes that benefit elder residents in Alameda County. Their goal is "to engage consumers, leaders, policy makers, and service providers to develop and sustain a community framework that fosters healthy aging."
Users can find information about the Age Friendly Council, COVID-19 resources, city-specific services, countywide age-friendly efforts, and updates from the World Health Organization/AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities and the Area Agency on Aging (AAA).
“Alameda County has proudly joined the World Health Organization’s global network of age-friendly communities. This website helps to make that vision a reality,” said Colleen Chawla, HCSA director.
Visit agefriendly.acgov.org to learn more.