Aging in Alameda County

Alameda County is one of the most diverse counties in the United States. Demographic and other information about Alameda County’s older adults may be found in Resources for Policy & Planning.

The Council for Age Friendly Communities is developing Issue Guides on a number of topics of special concern on aging in Alameda County. 

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  • By 2030, 1 in 5 Californians will be 65 or older

  • Most older adults do not eventually become disabled: most commonly they remain physically, mentally, and socially active;

  • 33% of seniors in Fremont volunteer in some capacity

  • Half of single older adults in Alameda County can’t cover basic living expenses
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  • According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, Alameda County has 165,000 family caregivers, 57% of whom suffer from social isolation and 92% of whom report having more stress than they can handle; and because baby boomers are often unmarried and without children, there will be fewer caregivers as demand increases

  • One in six older adults in California lacks reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food
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  • Individuals 65 and older have the highest rate of suicide deaths: 1 in 4 older adults who attempt suicide die, versus 1 in 200 younger persons

  • Alameda County’s Adult Protective Services Department receives more than 6,000 reports of elder abuse every year

  •  Effective interventions exist to prevent and treat Isolation and disability