Social Participation

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Group of seniors on park benchSocial isolation is associated with poor health and its impact is equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. San Diego offers many opportunities for social engagement, but older adults indicated that they wanted more programs for people with dementia, people who do not speak English and homebound individuals. They also wanted more intergenerational programs and opportunities for civic engagement and leadership.


A livable community where older adults thrive and there are meaningful opportunities for social engagement, volunteer work, and social contact with people of all ages.


  1. Create policies and practices that encourage intergenerational social contact.
  2. Implement and expand recreational programming that is safe, dementia-friendly, and diverse.
  3. Create and implement a targeted social support outreach, reengagement, and education plan, especially for those who are isolated.
  4. Develop leadership and empowerment opportunities for older adults.

Join the Theme Team

The Social Participation Theme Team is led by representatives from Meals on Wheels San Diego County with support from community members and County of San Diego staff.

For more information or to join the Social Participation Theme Team, please contact Armida Martinez at

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