Turning Strangers into Neighbors, and Neighbors into Friends
Together, we build networks of supportive neighbors and friends who can look out for each other. Studies show that for people to age in their homes, about 20 percent of what they need comes from formal services. The other 80 percent comes from family, friends, and other community members. This is at the heart of what the Community Living Campaign does. With all of our activities, our goal is to create opportunities for participants to build the connections and friendships they need to age and thrive in their own homes.
St. Francis Square Cooperative
At the St. Francis Square in the Western Addition, neighbors come together to support aging residents in their apartment cooperative. The CLC Co-op Committee now organizes residents to help each other, arranges regular educational and social events, a walking group, and regularly publishes helpful tips for healthy aging in the cooperative’s newsletter.
Cayuga Community Connectors
In San Francisco’s Cayuga neighborhood, Community Connector Patti Spaniak has helped build an lively, inter-generational group of neighbors to support seniors and people with disabilities in their community. Cayuga doesn’t have a senior center or community center. Instead, neighbors meet at Bethel Lutheran Church, at the Cayuga Playground, and in each others’ homes.
The Cayuga Connectors organize a wide range of activities and events each month for older residents – including Always Active Senior exercise classes three times a week; multi-lingual hearing screenings and presentations on brain fitness, diabetes, home health care, bone health, overcoming depression, recognizing signs of elder abuse, de-cluttering, preparing for emergencies, and finding transportation options to name a few. And there are plenty of opportunities for fun: potlucks, sing-alongs, yard sales, painting at Cayuga park, and other events that bring together neighbors of all ages.
Whatever the activity, Cayuga neighbors are getting to know each other – often for the first time despite years of living close by. They’re building the friendships and the support they need to be there for one another as they age in their community. See our calendar for upcoming activities in Cayuga or email Patti for more information.