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LinkAges™ Successful Aging Platform Endorsed by Mountain View Senior Advisory Committee

On Wednesday, February 20, 2013, the City of Mountain View’s Senior Advisory Committee (SAC) voted to affirm the value and potential for positive impact of linkAges, a pilot program being launched in Mountain View. Developed by the Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation of the Palo Alto Medical FoundationlinkAges™ is an innovative community-based network to support successful aging.

Since the SAC was formed in 2009, the group has served in an advisory role to the City Council on senior issues and the operation of the Mountain View Senior Center. The SAC’s seven-member group knows the issues and needs of Mountain View’s older residents, making their endorsement of a new successful aging pilot program all the more significant.

About Linkages

Recently, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation launched a novel platform to support successful aging in place: linkAges™. PAMF’s Paul Tang, M.D., vice president and chief innovation and technology officer, and his team selected Mountain View as the ideal place to introduce and pilot linkAges because this city is a model of diversity in ages, cultures and incomes and it has demonstrated its priority of supporting healthy aging. Mountain View also has engaged, collaborative senior services where technology is a familiar tool in daily life.

“We created linkAges to address a very real problem,” Dr. Tang said. “Quality of life and social health are key determinants of health. The next-generation health system must reinvent itself as a community health partner, not just a sick-care delivery system. linkAges is PAMF’s iteration of that vital reinvention.”

linkAges is an inter-generational network to engage and activate communities to improve the health and wellbeing of seniors and support aging in place.  linkAges disrupts the traditional business model of fee-for-service sick care delivery and address social determinants of health external to today’s health care delivery systems.

“It takes a village to successfully nurture healthy aging in place. linkAges is designed as a deployable, replicable and scalable network. We anticipate that its impact in supporting aging in place will begin in Mountain View and will eventually expand to many more diverse communities,” said Dr. Tang.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s linkAges program addresses key health impacts for seniors by reducing social isolation. linkAges is a technology platform that is made available to community members through partnerships with nonprofits, neighborhood associations, faith-based communities and local businesses. linkAges members will get access to vital supports and resources that exist both with residents and organizations within the community. They will also benefit from opportunities to contribute back and increase their own community engagement through increased community connections.

The linkAges TimeBank is a key component of the linkAges platform. Its goal is to establish an intergenerational safety net of connections where all members of a community – caregivers, seniors, students and others – can exchange know-how and skills to fill their everyday needs and explore new possibilities for activities, learning or pursuing interests.

As Chair of the Mountain View Senior Advisory Committee, Pamela Conlon-Sandhu, RN, is one of the advocates for Mountain View’s role in this pilot program.

“The linkAges program strives to support seniors in our community by utilizing creative new technology approaches. I am looking forward to utilizing this new program to help our senior community,” said Conlon-Sandhu.

“The vision and platform of linkAges fits perfectly with our City’s desire to support and enhance senior outreach and engagement,” said Elna Tymes, the SAC representative on the linkAges Advisory Council. “This pilot program is endorsed by Mountain View’s Senior Advisory Committee because it is an exciting opportunity to explore and create programs that help seniors stay healthy and active.”

Attend a linkAges “Preview” Session

The PAMF Innovation Center linkAges program is offering a series of “sneak peeks” and community orientations to introduce Mountain View residents to the linkAges platform and offer people an opportunity to register. Upcoming dates are March 14, March 28 and April 3.

To learn more, and to schedule a local TimeBank orientation session for your neighborhood, community group or business email:  linkagestimebank@gmail.com or call 650-691‐6267.

News on event dates for the community orientations will also be shared via the Mountain View Voice and Mountain View Patch, as well as Senior Center newsletters and promotions.