Our Commitment to Senior Health

The percentage of adults in our community who are aged 65 and older is larger than ever before. The El Camino Healthcare District Community Bene t Program supports a wide range of organizations that help older adults maintain wellness and live safer, more healthy lives.

For older adults, staying physically healthy entails knowing their health risks and taking preventive measures. Our grant partner Breathe California conducts health screenings and provides educational presentations, smoking cessation assistance and home visits. We are helping low-income seniors stay safe by fixing fall risks in homes through our partnership with Rebuilding Together. The Farewell to Falls program conducts in-home falls risk assessments and the Matter of Balance classes help reduce the fear of falling and build balance.

With an increasing number of seniors living alone, there is a growing need for outreach services, transportation, case management and respite services to help them maintain their independence and health. Our grant to El Camino Hospital RoadRunners provides safe, timely, reliable transportation to ensure that older adults have access to medical care and other necessary services. Sunnyvale Community Services offers comprehensive case management services to help seniors stay independent and healthy. Pathways Home Health and Hospice assists older adults in need of home health services. Community Service Agency Mountain View Los Altos provides intensive case management to help seniors with chronic diseases avoid hospitalization.

Paying attention to their mental well-being and maintaining meaningful social connections can help seniors live longer and healthier lives. Our grantee Seniors Council provides companionship and peer support services, increasing seniors’ social connectedness.

Through their Asian Dementia Initiative and Latino Family Connections programs, the Alzheimer’s Association delivers culturally and linguistically relevant services for community members and families dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.

This article first appeared in the Summer 2016 El Camino Healthcare District Newsletter