Seniors

"Our senior population is growing; it will become increasingly important that County residents have what they need to age in place. For both their physical and mental well-being we want people up and about, out in the community – seeing their friends, having an opportunity to socialize, getting to their doctors’ appointments, playing an active role in local affairs."

--Supervisor Simitian

  • ​RYDE: On-Demand Transportation for Seniors in West Valley -- Too many seniors in Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Campbell and Monte Sereno were stuck in their homes and couldn’t make their way to see family, friends or get to a doctor’s appt.  To help solve that problem Supervisor Simitian proposed RYDE (Reach Your Destination Easily) offering residents in those five West Valley communities an affordable ride using needs-based sliding scale pricing.  Through a joint agreement between the County, VTA, and the five participating cities. local non-profits host the program, keeping costs low by using both volunteers and commercial driving 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, offering social 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 or institutional care. Supervisor Simitian coordinated a funding package with the city of Saratoga that kept the center open and providing services on a needs-based sliding scale.​  Learn more
  • Nurse Navigator at Avenidas -- Supervisor Simitian championed funding for a Nurse Navigator position to connect low income seniors with adult day health services at the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center in Mountain View. The nurse provides case management and serves as a liaison to local health plans and the wider medical community.  Learn more
  • Meals on Wheels Plus -- Supervisor Simitian  led the board in approving an agreement with The Health Trust, to implement an enhanced Meals on Wheels program for homebound and isolated seniors. In addition to food delivery, “Friends from Meals on Wheels” services includes home visits, telephone calls, individualized exercise classes and chore help.  Learn more
  • Avenidas Kitchen -- As part of a major renovation and expansion of Avenidas Senior Center in Palo Alto, Supervisor Simitian successfully advocated for matching funds to upgrade the center's inadequate kitchen, improving opportunities to keep seniors socially engaged through activities such as cooking classes or enjoying a nutritious meal with friends.​  Learn more

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