County of Santa Clara Hosts Annual Senior Resource and Wellness Fair

​​SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF ‑ The Santa Clara County Social Services Agency’s Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), is holding its 26th annual Senior Resource and Wellness Fair. More than 50 agencies and community organizations are on-site, providing free resources and health screenings, including flu shots, blood pressure, mood assessment, cognition, hearing, and risk for falls and brief fitness classes designed for the older adult. Coordinators are expecting between 400 and 500 attendees, the majority of whom are over the age of 65. Interpreters will be on-site.  

The fair is taking place today, from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m., at San Jose City Hall Rotundaand Plaza, located at 200 E. Santa Clara St., in San José. 

“Santa Clara County’s designation as age-friendly by the World Health Organization (WHO) reflects our commitment to being age-friendly in our County policies, priorities and resources,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Dave Cortese. “We encourage seniors and caregivers to take advantage of this opportunity to connect, socialize and learn about resources available in their community to support healthy living.” 

The fair welcomes both seniors and caregivers who are looking for resources for aging parents or relatives. Free parking validation is available by using the City Hall Garage located on South 6th Street. (between E. Santa Clara St. and E. San Fernando St.), or the 4th St. Garage.

“We are partnering with community organizations to offer older adults and caregivers opportunities to learn about the resources available in their community. We want them to be healthier and happier through wellness activities,” said James Ramoni, Director of the Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services.

The Fair is sponsored by Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adults Services (DAAS); Santa Clara Valley Medical Center: Hospitals and Clinics; San Jose State University, Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP); City of San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services and Friends of Human Relations of Santa Clara County. Older adults and caretakers are invited to the wellness fair.

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About Older Adults in Santa Clara County

As individuals in the Bay Boomer generation grow older, a significant shift in demographics is occurring. According to the Sourcewise 2016-2020 Area Plan on Aging, by 2060, 1 in 4 adults will be over the age of 65. The older adult population increase is expected to grow at a faster pace in SCC than within the state and nation. Sourcewise notes that as of 2016, the California Department of Aging projects approximately 361,566 seniors (adults age 50 and older) resided in Santa Clara County. This estimate accounts for nearly 17% of the county’s population. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2060, individuals 65 and older will account for 25% of the total county population, as compared to 24% in California and the United States. To learn more about older adults living in SCC, please visit https://www.sccgov.org/sites/ssa/daas/Pages/daas.aspx

About The Department of Aging and Adult Services

The Social Services Agency’s Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) promotes a safe and independent lifestyle for seniors, dependent adults and the disabled through the delivery of protective services, quality nutrition and supportive in-home services. In addition, DAAS evaluates community needs, develops programs and services, advises on matters of policy that concern the welfare of seniors and persons with disabilities. To learn more about DAAS, please visit https://www.sccgov.org/sites/ssa/daas/Pages/daas.aspx

The County of Santa Clara is designated by the World Health Organization (WHO), as the first U.S. County to be Age-friendly. Learn more about the County of Santa Clara’s, Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) and the County’s commitment to serving, protecting and empowering aging adults in Santa Clara County. To learn more about the County’s Age-friendly designation, please visit http://www.santaclaracountynewsbeat.com/2018/08/31/santa-clara-county-deemed-age-friendly/

About the County of Santa Clara, California 

The County of Santa Clara government serves a diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.9 million residents in Santa Clara County, the sixth largest county in California. With a $7 billion budget, more than 70 agencies/departments and 20,000 employees, the County of Santa Clara plans for the needs of a dynamic community, offers quality services, and promotes a healthy, safe and prosperous community for all. The County provides essential services including public health and environmental protection, medical services through Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC), child and adult protection services, homelessness prevention and solutions, roads, parks, libraries, emergency response to disasters, protection of minority communities and those under threat, access to a fair criminal justice system, and scores of other services, particularly for those members of our community in the greatest need.

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Media ContactShannon GarciaSocial Services Agency, (408) 755-7760; Teiana Johnston, Department of Aging and Adult Services, (408) 975-5720. 

Posted: October 16, 2018​ 

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