Del Mar Healthcare Fund grants increase services for older adults

The San Diego Foundation awarded $328,000 to six grantees on Feb. 3. This philanthropic support of the county’s aging adults, which is made possible through the Del Mar Healthcare Fund held at the Foundation, will increase case management and outreach services as well as create a GIS-mapping tool for agencies that serve older adults. These grants are the first in a newly established program, Our Aging Society, within the Foundation’s Health & Human Services program.

Jewish Family Service of San Diego will receive a $50,000 grant while Senior Community Centers of San Diego, Bayside Community Center, ElderHelp of San Diego, and Mountain Health & Community Services will each receive $62,000. San Diego State University will receive $28,000 to develop a GIS-based map that will enable agencies to understand the demographics in their service areas and reach out to older adults in areas not currently served by any agency. The remaining $2,000 will facilitate quarterly meetings and other support to help the grantee cohort work together and learn from one another.

Supporting outreach and case management services is a key strategy in reducing isolation amongst older adults, which has been shown to lead to negative outcomes such as depression, medication mismanagement, illegal drug use, falls and hospital or nursing home admissions. Last year, 3,627 per 100,000 San Diego County older adults were discharged from an emergency room due to a fall, according to the San Diego County Senior Health Report produced by the County Health and Human Services Agency.

Del Mar Healthcare, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation whose charitable purpose is to meet the housing, health and financial security needs of older adults. Since 1996, the organization has provided older adults with housing and healthcare services through ownership of facilities and through its affiliated companies.

“Del Mar Healthcare is committed to improving the well-being of older adults in the communities we serve. I was very pleased with The Foundation’s ability to research the greatest needs in the community and help us invest our funds in a way that would make the biggest impact,” said Don Ambrose who is the fund advisor.

In June 2010, Del Mar Healthcare established a donor-advised fund at The San Diego Foundation and engaged the Health & Human Services program staff to facilitate its grantmaking endeavor. An advisory committee of sector experts researched the issues facing older adults and developed strategies to address leading causes of concern.

For more information on the Aging Society Initiative, contact Robyn Chatten at

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