We are a local network of community groups in Marin that support the development of age-friendly communities as designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the AARP. We promote healthy living and opportunities to be involved in one’s community. Approximately 27 percent of Marin County’s population is age 60 or older, and by 2030 projections indicate at least one in three Marin residents will be 60 or older. The County’s age-friendly movement began in many cities in 2014. Sausalito was the first to join. Since then ten of the 11 incorporated cities have joined the network.
Age-Friendly County of Marin
The County joined the Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in 2018. In January 2020, the County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the “Age Forward” plan that puts forth a framework to make Marin more age-friendly. To view plan: marinhhs.org/publications-
The plan emphasizes equity, includes opportunities for people of all ages and applies the “lens of aging” to the county departments’ daily and long-range work. The framework includes six focus areas identified by Marin residents in a community assessment process. These areas are housing, mobility options, community services, disaster preparedness, social connection and services in unincorporated areas. The plan connects to the Health and Human Services Strategic Plan to Achieve Health and Wellness Equity, and to the Area Agency on Aging’s four year Area plan. Find County Area Agency on Aging Resources here.
With support from the city council, the task force is developing the strategic plan and developing programs for seniors in the community. Join the monthly meetings and give your input. Questions or interest in joining contact Diana Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Age-Friendly Corte Madera
Offering activities, social opportunities and a speaker series through the Intergenerational Center and Age-Friendly programming, this group continues to build programs that support healthy and active aging. Interested in events? Contact Pati Stollar at email@example.com.
Building a healthy and livable community for all, because when it comes to aging everybody’s doing it! Free recreation classes, a monthly breakfast, luncheon and a forum series are offered. Sign up for the monthly events newsletter. For information, visit Age-Friendly Fairfax, or call (415) 458-2340.
Residents who would like to work with a small and committed group to help Larkspur in the process of joining the global network of Age-Friendly communities should contact Larry Meredith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 860-2535.
Age-Friendly Mill Valley
Annually hosting an Age-Friendly Fair, the Mill Valley recreation department has switched to virtual adult programming. Find programs here: Virtual Adult.
Focused on ensuring that Novato residents experience inclusion, connection and participation by engaging in a multi-generational and diverse community, Novato Age-Friendly aims to connect older adults to our thriving city network. The age-friendly initiative helps to ensure that Novato continues to be a great place to grow up and grow older. The Novato Age-Friendly Task Force worked with city planners to include provisions that promote age-friendly concepts in Novato’s General Plan 2035. For more information, please contact Info@NovatoAgeFriendly.org or visit www.NovatoAgeFriendly.org.
Having joined the global network in 2018 and beginning the strategic planning process, the task force is looking for residents interested in building a safe, livable community. For more information or to be part of the process, contact Teri Dowling at email@example.com
Age-Friendly San Anselmo
Working with the Parks and Recreation department, the committee is preparing the Age-Friendly three-year action plan to share with the town council and community in 2021. In 2020, the committee developed a crisis response and support program for residents during the pandemic. We developed the Neighborhood Connections program to build more resilient neighborhoods during crises while identifying residents who may need assistance in evacuation and during emergency events. For more information, to join our volunteers or to receive our newsletter, contact Sara at SaraAgeFriendlySA@gmail.com.
Age-Friendly San Rafael
After an extensive community needs assessment, the Age-Friendly San Rafael Leadership Team is in the process of completing our Action Plan. We are delighted that the City of San Rafael will include our Action Plan in the San Rafael 2040 General Plan that will be released this fall. For more information, visit www.cityofsanrafael.org/department/age-friendly or contact co-chairs Sparkie Spaeth at firstname.lastname@example.org or Diana Lopez at email@example.com.
Age-Friendly Sausalito envisions a community that works in collaboration across all sectors to serve and graciously provide for residents across the entire life course. Public/private partnerships, community centered service clubs, and generous-hearted volunteers work together to create and support policies, programs and features that are inclusive of all, with particular focus on building an environment in which the most vulnerable and most venerable elders can participate fully in the day to day life of the community as they age. The World Health Organization recognized Age-Friendly Sausalito with an Innovation@Home Award, one of only three given worldwide for a program that waives building fees for older adults to make their homes safer and more accessible. The free, on-demand, volunteer-driven rides program, Call-A-Ride-Sausalito-Seniors (CARSS) is a great success and has been noted as a model to replicate in several national publications. The spirit of collaboration and creativity inspires the community to continually enhance the Livability and Age Friendliness of beautiful Sausalito. To join us or learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sybil Boutilier (415) 331-1393. Watch for our new website: www.agefriendlysausalito.org.
Working with the Town Council and staff to apply for official designation. The group is hoping to talk to residents interested in helping make our town age friendly. For more information, contact Sue Kwentus at email@example.com.