East County News Service
August 18, 2014 (San Diego)—San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency’s Aging and Independence Services (AIS) has received national honors for two of its programs aimed at supporting older adults.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and the Legacy Corps program received Aging Innovations Awards from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. The Innovation Award is the national association’s highest honor. The San Diego County programs were two of 13 Innovation Awards announced at the association’s recent national conference.
Supervisor Dianne Jacob, chair of the County Board of Supervisors, says, “The county is always looking for groundbreaking ways to serve its residents, and it’s great to be recognized for that. These two programs are especially important because they help our older residents and military families.”
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is an initiative led by Supervisor Greg Cox to assist grandparents and other caregivers who are raising younger family members. Workshops have been provided around the county including resource fairs, support groups and expert speakers.
Legacy Corps provides support and respite for veteran and military families caring for a loved one.
Supervisor Cox says what’s really been rewarding is the impact this program has had on countless grandparents who have suddenly found themselves responsible for raising their grandchildren. He adds, “This national recognition lets us know we are making a difference.”
Both programs are part of Live Well San Diego, the County’s initiative to improve the health and safety of residents.
To contact Aging and Independent Services, call (800) 510-2020 or visit www.sandiego.networkofcare.org/aging