Mission

The Age Forward Coalition to increase funding for older adult services and programs is a broad consortium of San Mateo County nonprofit and community organizations and advocates who have come together to address the growing need for services and support for people aged 60 years and older, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers.

 

The Coalition is committed to maintaining, protecting, promoting and enhancing services to the target population in San Mateo County to ensure the highest possible attainment of independence, health and well-being, and to making San Mateo County a more aging- and disability-friendly community.

 

The Coalition provides a means for community organizations to network, exchange information, provide leadership, build community-wide capacity and address goals for improving the lives of San Mateo County older adults, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers.  The Coalition engages in advocacy and acts as a catalyst for community partnerships to work together to find funding for the target population.

 

Coalition activities may include:

 

  • Local and statewide policymakers

    • Coordination of efforts to increase funding for older adult services and programs

    • Education to increase the visibility of the needs of the target population

    • Collaboration to build support for program funding priorities

 

  • Community members

    • Advocacy about the need for increased funding to meet the needs of the target population

    • Education to stimulate and build support for increased funding

 

  • Coalition members

    • Development of local leadership

    • Development and maintenance of a coalition infrastructure

    • Documentation and evaluation of local activities and outcomes

    • Implementation of best practices