Age Friendly Community Designation


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In line with state and local efforts to develop a statewide Master Plan for Aging, the County of Santa Cruz has been designated an “Age-Friendly Community” by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). In 2023, the Human Services Department applied for this designation, which was awarded on June 23, 2023. Santa Cruz County is now a proud member of the AARP Age Friendly Network!

Learn more about Santa Cruz County's efforts to become an Age Friendly Community:

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“The safety net for older adults and people with disabilities is a blending of county administered programs, health care services, city services, and non-profit programs which together provide a network of essential services. while the safety net needs to be strengthened as we prepare locally to meet our aging community’s needs, significant expansion and investment has already been made locally and at the state level.” 

- Randy Morris, Human Services Director