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Department of Aging and Adult Services

The Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) promotes an Age-friendly community for all residents of Santa Clara County. DAAS strives to ensure a safe and independent lifestyle for older adults, dependent adults, and the disabled.

Santa Clara County and all its cities have been designated as Age-friendly by the World Health Organization; the first county in the nation to do so. DAAS continually works toward expanding and supporting Age-friendly initiatives throughout the region.

More Information

The Senior Nutrition Program – has 38 out of the 40 congregate meals sites serving meals to go. Click here for a map of locations and hours of operation.

A Good Place to Start – Connections to Resources for Older Adults in Santa Clara County. Download PDF

Valley Transportation Authority Travelwise 101 Workshop Now Online – During this time of extraordinary caution and as our county prepares to ease its Shelter-in-Place restrictions, it is important for VTA to continue to engage with the older adult community. For this reason, VTA has adapted its Travel Wise 101 workshop series that now provides short prerecorded presentations introducing fixed route public transit to older adults. These presentations can provide useful information about VTA that will help older adults gain confidence in using fixed route service when they are ready to do so. These presentations can be found at vta.org. VTA staff is also happy to provide interactive virtual presentations.

Adult Protective Services – APS 24/7 hotline remains operational to accept reports of suspected or known abuse and neglect to Elders and Dependent Adults. Call the APS Hotline: 408-975-4900 or 1-800-414-2002.

In Home Support Services – continues to accept applications and respond to calls. IHSS can be reached at 408-792-1600.

Public Administrator, Guardian and Conservator – continues to take referrals and provide services for over 800 court appointed clients who are at risk.

The SCC-CAN Hotline – 408-809-2124 can provide assistance with answering questions regarding rental/utility bills, legal aid, unemployment insurance questions, etc. for those impacted during this time. There are also interpreters available in many languages. Learn More

Silicon Valley Strong’s New Website for Volunteer Sign-Ups and Resources – Santa Clara County residents are encouraged to go visit Silicon Valley Strong to locate resources, request resources not yet available, and to find volunteer opportunities throughout Santa Clara County.

AARP Fraud Watch Network: Coronavirus Scams – Stay a step ahead of the crooks by learning how to spot and avoid scams at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork. Read the latest news and choose from a growing list of tip sheets to protect yourself against scammers’ tactics. Report or research where scams are popping up on our scam-tracking map and sign up for biweekly Watchdog Alerts to stay informed.

Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

Report scams to local law enforcement. For help from AARP, call 1-877-908-3360 or visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network Website

Low-Cost Auto Insurance for Older Adults

Santa Clara County Furthers Age-Friendly Efforts: The 44th California Community to Enroll in AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities

On June 5, 2020 Santa Clara County officially announced enrollment in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, making our county the 44th community in California to enroll in AARP’s network.

AARP’s network, an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program, is part of an international campaign to help communities prepare for rapidly aging populations and the parallel trend of urbanization. Santa Clara County was the first county in the US to have all of its 15 cities enrolled in the WHO age-friendly network. By also enrolling in the AARP network, the county will gain access to additional national and global research, community networks, planning models and best practices to improve livability for all ages and abilities.

Santa Clara County’s enrollment in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities marks the next phase of its age-friendly efforts. Since 2011, the Seniors’ Agenda of the Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services has led the Age-Friendly Silicon Valley Initiative for all 15 cities and the county and collaborated with over 100 community-based organizations and government agencies to improve the lives of older adults through policies. The county will now fully participate in AARP’s livable communities initiative, building on previous efforts to increase access to age-friendly services, resources and information.