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The latest news, notes, and local events for older San Diegans and those with disabilities, along with caregivers. Want to subscribe to our newsletter? Let us know by emailing

Read the AIS Newsletter!

The Aging & Independence (AIS) Newsletter is an eight-page publication that is issued 10 times per year. The newsletter includes a cover article from the AIS Director, updates regarding County and community services, items of interest, a calendar of events, and volunteer opportunities with the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

If you are interested in being on the mailing list for the AIS Newsletter, send an email to with your name and contact information.

Missed our Vital Aging event? Check out the highlights

If you didn't have a chance to catch our 2021 Vital Aging conference, highlights of the online event will be made available here, including remarks by keynote speaker and Emmy Award-winning actor Henry Winkler and basketball legend Bill Walton.

The free conference was held June 24 and drew about 2,000 registrants. It was hosted by Aging & Independence Services, in partnership with San Diego Oasis.

In addition to Winkler and Walton, the event included presentations and workshops on topics such as resilience, social connection, technology, equity, and moving forward as the pandemic eases.

Critical guide for San Diego caregivers being updated

San Diego's Caregiver Handbook is being expanded to include additional information on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

The free booklet is a critical tool for both new and experienced caregivers in need of support. It is provided by the nonprofit Caregiver Coalition of San Diego, in partnership with Aging & Independence Services.

Included in the resource are chapters on transportation, medical equipment, in-home care options, medication management, and other frequent challenges.

It also has advice on dealing with dementia and mental health issues, along with palliative and hospice care. 

Find the latest edition of the Handbook here.


Fed up with extreme heat? Head to a Cool Zone near you

Summer's here -- and that means Cool Zones are back too.

The County-designated sites provide comfortable, air-conditioned settings for seniors, those with disabilities, and others to cool off, while also saving on their home electric bills.

See the latest list of Cool Zone locations and hours of operation

Only a select number were open in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Cool Zones, which include public libraries and senior centers, are not only good spots to get a break from extreme heat, but also great places to make new friends.

Look for the Cool Zone sign with the polar bear!



Join us for the next virtual AIS Advisory Council meeting 

Do you know there are older adults who represent your needs on Aging & Independence's Advisory Council? 

The Council meets on a regular basis and welcomes your involvement and feedback. It is also looking for input on the latest update to Area Plan 2020-2024. The plan contains AIS’ goals and objectives for services to support older adults and persons living with disabilities.

View the Advisory Council meeting dates and times, along with agendas