Pathways to Positive Aging

History

In 2004, the Tri-City Elder Coalition, in partnership with the City of Fremont Human Services Department, received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to and develop and implement a community strategic plan for older adults. The partnership was one of eight sites nationally selected to receive this prestigious grant award. The project is called Pathways to Positive Aging, and part of Community Partnerships for Older Adults, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Utilizing information received from surveys, focused conversation groups, and community dialogues, six statements were developed that reflect the community’s vision for aging in the Tri-City area (Fremont, Newark, Union City, CA). The vision was to create a community that had the following characteristics:

  • An environment that is safe and welcoming
  • A community that respects diversity and values senior participation
  • Senior service information is available for easy access and referral
  • Multi-lingual and culturally sensitive services are available for all
  • Services for seniors are coordinated
  • Affordable senior housing with supportive services is made available

Action Plan

Pathways to Positive Aging is building a Tri-City community where seniors can understand, choose, and access culturally enriched, affordable services and opportunities that enhance their quality of life. The project’s six strategic goals work to:

  • Advocate for seniors and improve the public s perception of the aging process
  • Increase access to and utilization of services for frail and underserved seniors
  • Enhance and sustain senior mobility in the community
  • Increase the capacity and sustainability of community groups that serve seniors
  • Encourage cross cultural and intergenerational exchanges
  • Enable elders to sustain a vital and active role within the community