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By the year 2030, 25% of Santa Clara County residents will be over the age of 60.  Many seniors want to remain in their communities, among family and friends, with the resources they need to do so. This is not only what most older adults want, it is often the most cost effective. To this end Supervisor Simitian continues to pursue quality of life programs for the county’s aging population.​

  • RYDE: On demand transportation for Seniors in West Valley -- Reach Your Destination Easily (RYDE) offers residents in Saratoga, Cupertino, Campbell, Monte Sereno and Los Gatos an affordable ride, using needs-based sliding scale pricing.  Through a joint arrangement between the County, VTA and the five participating cities, West Valley Community Services and Saratoga Senior Center host the program, keeping costs low by using volunteers and commercial services.​  Learn more >>
  • Saratoga Adult Care Center funding -- The Saratoga Adult Care Center serves seniors with physical and cognitive limitations living in Saratoga, Los Gatos and San Jose.  It provides socialization, activities, lunch, and assistance with daily tasks, including self-care and hygiene. The adult day care model is a cost-effective alternative to home-based care or institutionalization for those at risk of isolation.  County Supervisor Joe Simitian coordinated a funding package with the city of Saratoga that kept the center open and providing services on a need-based sliding scale.​ Learn more >>
  • Nurse Navigator at Avenidas -- It can be difficult for low-income seniors in need of adult day health services to locate and take advantage of those resources.  Supervisor Simitian helped closed that gap in 2015 with a grant for a Nurse Navigator position.  This position offers both case management and serves as a liaison to local health plans and the wider medical community, helping seniors access adult health care at the Avenidas Rose Klein Center in Mountain View.  Learn more >>  
  • Meals on Wheels: food and a friendly touch -- In 2016 Supervisor Simitian asked the County Social Services Agency to explore options to bring socialization and other services to homebound seniors. The Board approved an agreement with The Health Trust, to implement a “Friends from Meals on Wheels” program. This enhanced Meals on Wheels includes home visits, telephone calls, individualized exercise classes and chore help for Santa Clara County’s homebound and isolated seniors.  Learn more >>
  •  Avenidas kitchen - Meeting friends for lunch is an important component to remaining socially engaged.  A nutritious meal is a plus. The Avenidas Senior Center provides this service and understands its importance.  As the Avenidas Senior Center undertakes a major renovation and expansion of their facility, it is a natural time to upgrade an antiquated and inadequate kitchen. Supervisor Simitian called for a one-time allocation of matching funds to upgrade the kitchen.​  Learn more >>​
Last updated: 5/1/2019 1:53 PM