Aging Action Initiative

The purpose of the Aging Action Initiative is to promote a county-wide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of service providers through education, policy advocacy, and service coordination.

More than 65 community agencies, service providers and grassroots organizations collaborating for an age-friendly Marin

Funded by the County of Marin and coordinated by Whistlestop, more than 65 community agencies, services providers, and grassroots organizations participate in the Initiative. The unique implementation strategy is all about building relationships through coordinated and collective effort. The Steering Committee guides the overall direction of the Initiative and consists of representatives from:

To see a complete list of network participants click here.




Detect & Connect

When interacting with older adults, it’s helpful to know how to detect behaviors that might reflect mental health or dementia issues, and how to compassionately respond and connect them to resources. Developed in collaboration with AAI network member organizations, the Detect & Connect program is targeted to this need. To learn more about this program click here.

If you are a trainer looking to access the Detect & Connect Workshop Materials page click here.


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When working as a volunteer or staff who support the resource referral needs of older adults, it’s helpful to have a wide range of knowledge about topics that affect them. Developed in collaboration with AAI network member organizations, the Inform & Connect program is designed for help-desk, information hotline, and other front-line workers who provide resource referral to older adults. To learn more about the next training email








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How did we get here?

In the fall of 2014, AAI was launched by the Marin County Board of Supervisors to address the needs of our county’s aging citizens. During the initial six-month planning process local expertise was leveraged to cultivate a shared understanding of the county’s aging landscape, community needs, program/service strengths and challenges, and future opportunities. Workgroups formed to develop plans for collective actions that 1) meet important community needs, 2) are “doable” within a one-year time frame, and 3) build and strengthen inter-agency relationships.

orgchart5The four workgroups:

      1. Information Assistance & Referral Network
      2. Mental Health & Dementia
      3. Food & Nutrition
      4. Economic Security

Each workgroup oversaw the implementation of its action items and delegated the tactical work to smaller task force subcommittees. MARINSPACE provided process facilitation, administrative coordination, and behind-the-scenes project management services.

A shift in focus:

After much reflection about the progress and results of the workgroup structure and outcomes, the Steering Committee met to re-evaluate its strategy and how best to achieve the goals of AAI. By the end of 2016 it was decided to shift the focus of engagement from tactical, short-term goals to strategic, systemic change.


Since 2017, the focus and strategy of AAI is to:

  • Address community issues through a lens of aging
  • Focus collective effort on deeper, strategic, systemic impact
  • Leverage existing efforts to coordinate, co-sponsor and convene





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