CAFE Advancing WHO Age-Friendly Cities
The Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFE) is a technical assistance partner bringing best practices and expertise around senior task forces to collaborate toward the objectives of community organizing, assessment of needs through focus groups, and evidence-based project development resulting in individualized city and community applications to WHO in Geneva to join their Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.
Dr. Anabel Pelham led the initiative that resulted in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills becoming the first age-friendly cities in California. CAFE partnered with the County of Santa Clara in a two-year initiative which continued and expanded the mission, assisting all cities within the County, as well as Santa Clara County itself in attaining the designation of Age-Friendly and joining the WHO network during this initial Phase I of the project.
CAFE accomplished this by joining a coalition of aging services professionals, elected officials and community leaders, and working with a CORE team of Santa Clara County senior staff, the Los Altos Community Foundation, County elected political leaders, PRx Digital, and colleagues at San Jose State and San Francisco State Universities. A generous gift by Mr. Michael Fox made the Age-Friendly Silicon Valley website possible.
CAFE has been delighted to lead and participate in this exciting project.