FLETCHER & VARGAS EARN SUPPORT TO EXPLORE COUNTY INCREASING SENIOR SERVICES & FACILITIES
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and Chairwoman Nora Vargas received support today for the County of San Diego to study its ability to expand available senior services and make other vital additions to the County of San Diego’s existing Aging Roadmap.
Census statistics show nearly 27 percent of the San Diego County
population will be over the age of 60 in just seven years (2030). A
new report by the San Diego Seniors Community Foundation says
modernizing local seniors centers will aid the region's community down
the line. The action led by Supervisor Fletcher and Chairwoman Vargas
seeks to get the county involved in doing more to support
“Our senior community is growing at a rapid pace, and this is an
important first step to see how our County can increase its support
for them,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “Seniors are mothers, fathers,
sisters and grandparents who have given so much of their lives taking
care of those around them; it is time we make sure they are taken care
The County is not required to provide senior centers or services to
senior centers; the County’s Aging and Independence Services does
already operate some services. These Supervisors want to see if more
can be done.
“As a county we need to make sure we take care of those who took care of us,” said Nora Vargas, Chairwoman, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. ”We are the safety net of our community, and the well-being of our growing senior population is a top priority. As Chairwoman, I will advocate so that we meet the basic needs of all seniors and expand services and ensure that we improve their quality of life.”
As part of the Board of Supervisors unanimous vote today, the Chief
Administrative Officer and County staff will evaluate which elements
of the senior center report can be incorporated into ongoing county
plans; examine the feasibility and cost to expand services; do
extensive outreach and inventory existing County-owned facilities
where additional senior activities could be integrated.
The Supervisors will receive a report back on the progress in 180 days. To read the entire policy, click here.