A Resource for the Community
The Community Resource Center for Aging (CRCA) at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital (USC VHH) has been established to assist older adults improve their quality of life by providing access to a robust network of resources, community-based services and support systems that specialize in navigating the unique challenges of aging whether it be memory loss, loneliness, transportation, housing, caregiving, advance directive planning, end of life planning or a myriad of other issues.
An Aging Community
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, within the hospital’s total service area, 15% of the population is aged 65 and older, which is higher than the 12% average in Los Angeles County. Moreover, in USC VHH’s primary and most geographically immediate service areas of Sunland-Tujunga, La Crescenta, Montrose, North Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge, 17% of the population is 65 or older – almost fifty percent higher than Los Angeles County as a whole.
Everyone’s Experience and Journey is Unique
While aging is a universal process, individuals will travel their own paths. The CRCA is staffed by a gerontological social worker who can meet people where they are and walk alongside them at whatever stage of their journey that they are in – helping them to understand all options and pointing them towards existing resources.
Make an Impact
A generous grant received in 2020 allowed the CRCA to launch an 18-month pilot project, making its services available to all members of the community, including patients, family members and caregivers free of charge. Your support can ensure this program’s viability beyond 2021.