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Purpose

We believe aging is a natural phase of life, deserving of respect and dignity. Every day we empower, educate, and partner with older adults and adults with disabilities to best meet their unique needs – from providing opportunities to stay connected to the activities they love to ensuring they are free from neglect and abuse.

Because when our elders thrive we all benefit from their unique contributions and collective wisdom.

History

Empowered Aging, previously known as Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Solano and Alameda, started in Contra Costa County with just a few government grants, a single staff person, and a lot of determination. Over 50 years later, we have evolved, expanding our reach to meet the needs of our time that are impacting a vulnerable and vastly diverse senior community.

Yes, we are still long-term care Ombudsman advocating for residents and their families, but our voice is so much bigger. Today, Empowered Aging is uniting individuals, organizations, and communities together around a common mission, a shared vision, and a path forward to a stronger, more equitable journey in aging through a variety of programs and collaborations. For many older adults and adults with disabilities, we’re the only connection and the only engagement lifting their voices, enabling self-sufficiency, and fighting for their just place in society. But that’s not all. Support for our work has grown too. As an independent nonprofit, government grants are just one funding source. We also rely on foundations, grateful families, and concern citizens to fuel our work – with the true measure of success being lives changed.

While our organization has transformed over the years to address the challenges and change in the world, one thing remains the same: our focus on improving and strengthening the lives of our elders. There are a number of ways that you, too, can get involved. Join us!