Author: Media Director/Friday, March 10, 2023/Categories: Past Programs
Linda Jackson, Director
In 2018, the Marin County Civil Grand Jury published a report entitled “Marin Is Aging -- Are We Ready?” According to the report, 27% of Marin residents were over 60 years old in 2018, which is expected to increase to 34% by 2030. The Grand Jury was concerned that the County was not ready to provide services for this increased number of elders in the community. In response, the Marin County Board of Supervisors declared 2018 “The Year of the Older Adult” and encouraged expanding preparedness for Marin’s growing older adult community.
Since 2018, services and partnerships designed to support older adults have become more aligned to amplify their strengths. New systems have been created to meet the challenges of aging in the Marin community. Equity, diversity, and inclusion within the older adult community are more recently being given deeper analysis, producing an increased understanding of how to support better all older adults, including women, people of color, and people with disabilities. On March 8, we will learn more about the overall outlook on aging in Marin now, with an added focus on women in our communities.
Linda M. Jackson is the Director of the Marin Aging Action Initiative (AAI). She is a trustee on the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education. Linda also serves on the League of Women Voters boards, the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative, Housing Crisis Action, and Sustainable San Rafael. Her experience covers public sector planning, nonprofit strategic planning, and community development. Earlier, she was Planning Manager with the Transportation Authority of Marin and Principal Planner with the City of San Rafael. Linda holds an M.S. (Community & Regional Planning) and M.A. (Latin American Studies) from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. from Wellesley College. After college, Linda was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador.
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