Older adults throughout Marin face a myriad of challenges—from getting help to remain in their homes to receiving a range of medical services. Several residents shared their stories in a video MCF made. Despite their differences, these people share something in common: They have caring and knowledgeable people in their lives.  Hear their stories.

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MCF Strategic Plan:

Successful Aging

The growth rate of the older population in Marin is the fastest in the state. The largest subset of this population growth is in the over-85 age group. The service system and other relevant resources will be pushed to new limits. As older adults age, they face increasing difficulty in remaining in their own homes or other living situations without increases in home health and other supportive services.

Older adults face a unique set of challenges, including isolation, increased falls, malnutrition, lack of information on resources, and lack of appropriate supportive services. These challenges make this population more vulnerable to hospitalizations and unwanted institutionalization.

Older adults are important assets to our communities, and keeping them healthy and engaged in community life is beneficial for the county's entire population. Community engagement in older life is correlated to improved health and quality of life and improvement of overall health indicators.

Strategy: Promote a comprehensive, efficient, and effective system of services and programs that allows for successful aging by older adults

MCF is funding within three areas: We are supporting efforts to develop a coordinated system of health and social services for older adults. Increased coordination will assist services providers and clients alike, and older adults will be able to more easily access comprehensive information on programs and services.

We are funding programs to strengthen the delivery of core health and social services. These include home health care, transportation, case management, and medical services. We are also funding professional development for service providers on delivering culturally relevant services for specific populations.

Thirdly, we are funding efforts to foster volunteerism and community involvement for older adults. Not only are older adults an important asset in our community, but staying engaged is correlated to improved health and quality of life.

Grants made since the implementation of MCF’s Strategic Plan:

Grants
Organization Description Awarded Amount
Audubon Canyon Ranch To engage older adults in intergenerational environmental education. $20,000.00
Audubon Canyon Ranch To support intergenerational environmental education programs. $16,200.00
Audubon Canyon Ranch To support intergenerational environmental education. $20,000.00
Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin To support a planning process to foster community involvement through volunteerism and civic engagement. $15,000.00
Center for Volunteer and NonprofitLeadership of Marin To support programs to increase volunteerism among older adults. $75,000.00
Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin To support programs to increase volunteerism among older adults. $50,000.00
Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin (CVNL) To support the Successful Aging Volunteer Manager Affinity Program. $25,000.00
City of Novato Margaret Todd Senior Center To support staff capacity building. $48,750.00
City of Novato Margaret Todd Senior Center To support the City of Novato Independent Elders Program. $28,000.00
City of Novato Margaret Todd Senior Center To support the City of Novato Independent Elders Program. $70,000.00
Dance Palace Community Center To provide programs and services for older adults in West Marin. $5,000.00
Dance Palace Community Center To support programs for seniors. $20,000.00
Dance Palace Community Center To support programs for seniors. $20,000.00
Dominican University of California To support the Dominican Center for Healthy Aging. $50,000.00
Dominican University of California To support the Umbrella project, a two-year health promotion, public education, and student nursing training program that provides education and instruction on appropriate health screening services for low-income older adults. $15,000.00
Elder Financial Protection Network To support MarinFAST (Financial Abuse Specialist Team) and other activities. $68,000.00
Episcopal Senior Communities To support senior volunteerism. $60,000.00
Episcopal Senior Communities To support the Novato Independent Elders Program. $60,000.00
Episcopal Senior Communities To support the Novato Independent Elders Program. $30,000.00
Episcopal Senior Communities To support the Novato Independent Elders Program. $40,000.00
Jewish Family and Children's Services To support case management. $75,000.00
Jewish Family and Children's Services To support Seniors-At-Home. $85,000.00
Jewish Family and Children's Services To support Seniors-At-Home. $85,000.00
Jewish Family and Children's Services To support the Seniors At Home program. $85,000.00
Jewish Family and Children's Services To support the Seniors-At-Home and Senior-to-Senior Volunteer Programs. $45,000.00
LifeLong Medical Care To support access to adult day health care in Marin. $50,000.00
LifeLong Medical Care To support expanded Adult Day Health Center access in Marin. $50,000.00
LifeLong Medical Care To support expanded Adult Day Health Center access in Marin. $50,000.00
LITA (Love is the Answer) To support older adult volunteers. $20,000.00
Marin Center for Independent Living To support the personal care attendant registry project. $20,000.00
Marin Center for Independent Living To support the personal care attendant registry. $20,000.00
Marin Center for Independent Living To support the personal-care attendant registry. $20,000.00
Marin Community Clinics To provide planning/development support to establish a proactive and sustainable model of geriatric primary care case management services for frail elderly patients. $65,000.00
Marin Community Foundation consultant for the aging initiative $9,875.00
Marin Community Foundation To support the completion of MCF's Aging Initiative. $17,955.00
Marin Village To strengthen volunteerism. $30,000.00
Marin Village To support volunteerism. $28,500.00
Meals of Marin To support a food project for seniors with special dietary needs and restrictions who are battling critical, life-threatening illnesses. $40,000.00
Meals of Marin To support a food project for seniors with special dietary needs and restrictions who are battling critical, life-threatening illnesses. $60,000.00
Northern California Presbyterian Homes & Services Foundation To support Experience Corps Marin. $20,000.00
Northern California Presbyterian Homes & Services To support Experience Corps Marin. $40,000.00
Northern California Presbyterian Homes & Services To support Experience Corps Marin. $30,000.00
Northern California Presbyterian Homes & Services Foundation To support the Senior Companion program. $15,000.00
Novato Historical Guild To support the leadership and capacity building project. $20,000.00
Novato Human Needs Center To suport the senior services program. $27,000.00
Novato Human Needs Center To support services for older adults. $25,000.00
Novato Human Needs Center To support services for older adults. $40,000.00
Novato Human Needs Center To support services for older adults. $40,000.00
Novato Human Needs Center To support services for older adults. $40,000.00
San Francisco Food Bank To support Marin programs. $40,000.00
San Francisco Food Bank To support senior food programs in Marin. $40,000.00
San Geronimo Valley Community Center To support programs for older adults. $40,000.00
San Geronimo Valley Community Center To support senior volunteers. $7,500.00
San Geronimo Valley Community Center To support the From Generation to Generation program. $40,000.00
Senior Access To support core services. $75,000.00
Senior Access To support core services. $75,000.00
Senior Access To support day program services and subsidized care for low-income clients. $75,000.00
Senior Access To support the 2010 Core Services Program. $75,000.00
Senior Access To support the Outreach and Education Project. $100,000.00
Spectrum LGBT Center of the North Bay To reduce isolation and increase access to health, housing, and aging support services for LGBT seniors in Marin. $50,000.00
Spectrum LGBT Center of the North Bay To reduce isolation and increase access to health, housing, and aging support services for LGBT seniors in Marin. $60,000.00
Spectrum LGBT Center of the North Bay To support LGBT older adults. $60,000.00
West Marin Community Services To provide emergency services to low-income West Marin seniors. $20,000.00
West Marin Community Services To support successful aging programs. $10,000.00
West Marin Senior Services To enable rural seniors to remain in their homes. $200,000.00
West Marin Senior Services To support efforts to help rural seniors remain in their homes. $170,000.00
West Marin Senior Services To support efforts to help rural seniors remain in their homes. $160,000.00
West Marin Senior Services To support keeping rural seniors in their homes. $200,000.00
West Marin Senior Services To support older adult volunteerism. $30,000.00
West Marin Senior Services To support the Keeping Rural Seniors in their Homes project. $160,000.00
West Marin Senior Services To support the older adult volunteer driver program that distributes meals. $4,600.00
West Marin Senior Services To support volunteer opportunities for seniors in West Marin. $30,000.00
West Marin Senior Services To support volunteer opportunities for seniors in West Marin. $30,000.00
Whistlestop To engage older adult volunteers. $17,500.00
Whistlestop To foster volunteerism. $20,000.00
Whistlestop To support older adult services. $180,000.00
Whistlestop To support older adult services. $200,000.00
Whistlestop To support older adult services. $350,000.00
Whistlestop To support older adult services. $275,000.00
Whistlestop To support programs for older adults. $157,500.00
Whistlestop To support the older adult volunteer driver program that distributes meals. $15,400.00
YWCA of San Francisco & Marin To support female jobseekers over age 50 with comprehensive employment search services. $75,000.00
YWCA of San Francisco & Marin To support female jobseekers over age 50 with comprehensive employment search services. $75,000.00
YWCA of San Francisco & Marin To support the FiftyPlus Employment Support Program. $75,000.00
YWCA of San Francisco & Marin To support the FiftyPlus Employment Support Program. $85,000.00
YWCA of San Francisco & Marin To support YWCA FiftyPlus Employment Support Program for Women. $75,000.00
Total Successful Aging Grants: $5,241,780.00