Caring Neighborhoods is an informal elder outreach and support network involving groups of residents in neighborhoods throughout Sacramento. Our guiding principles are:
- To promote independence and reduce isolation of elderly neighbors.
- To strengthen community fabric through communication, technical support and relationships.
Sacramento is a city of neighborhoods. Many residents of these neighborhoods are growing older and facing the challenges of living independently and could use a little help from their neighbors but are reluctant to ask for help. On the other hand, more active residents are often concerned about their elder neighbors but may be hesitant to get involved out of respect for their elder neighbor’s privacy.
Caring Neighborhoods, a program of the Older Adult Services division of the City of Sacramento, is reaching out to Sacramento neighborhood groups and individuals to build awareness of the issues of aging in the community and to encourage participation of residents in a collaborative effort to promote independence, reduce isolation, and ensure the safety and well-being of elder neighbors. The program is seeking individuals who are willing to partner with at least two other neighbors and form an informal Caring Neighborhoods group. Read more.
“Numerous studies have led to wide-ranging conclusions about the importance of social relationships to individual good health. I refer to it as community, or circles of care, and believe that its creation within neighborhoods is crucial to all residents across the life span.”
--Dr. Robert Butler, physician, gerontologist, Pulitzer-Prize winning author and founding director of the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health.