Forging Connections for Older Residents of the Coatesville Community

On April 23, 2024
In Blog

Did you know that May is Older Americans Month? Led by the U.S. Administration for Community Living (OAM), this year’s theme is Powered by Connection, “which recognizes the profound impact that meaningful relationships and social connections have on our health and well-being” and the “​​vital role that connectedness plays in supporting independence and aging in place by combating isolation, loneliness, and other issues.”

The Alliance for Health Equity (also known as The Alliance) strives to advance a more equitable, resilient, and healthy Greater Coatesville community, which includes our senior citizens. From affordable senior housing to accessible health care and community services, here are a few ways we are forging connections for older Coatesville residents. 

Health Care and Community Services 

The Alliance connects the Greater Coatesville area to affordable health care and helps residents overcome challenges like access, transportation, insurance, and more. Through the new Equity Health Center (EHC), located on the 4th floor of the Brandywine Center (744 East Lincoln Highway in Coatesville), we strive to meet the diverse needs of all residents. Visit for assistance or to learn more. 

While the EHC officially opened with a ribbon cutting and open house on April 11, 2024, The Alliance pulled together over $13 million in public and private funds to build the Brandywine Center in 2008. Bringing together several vital health and social services under one roof, this facility also offers affordable senior housing on the second and third floors, with 24 apartment units. For more information about the Brandywine Center and its services, click here. 

Mental, Physical, and Emotional Health Benefits of Social Connections

AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) states that “social interactions and leisure activities allow older adults to stay engaged with family, friends, and their communities, leading to a higher quality of life and improving overall health and longevity.” 

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), “When people are socially connected and have stable and supportive relationships, they are more likely to make healthy choices and to have better mental and physical health outcomes. They are also better able to cope with hard times, stress, anxiety, and depression.

Looking specifically at social determinants of health and Alzheimer’s Disease, the CDC reports that “maintaining strong social connections and keeping mentally active as we age may lower the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.” The OAM recommends “sharing resources that help older adults engage,” like community events and volunteer opportunities, and “connecting older adults with local services, such as transportation, that can help them overcome obstacles to achieving or maintaining meaningful relationships.”

Whether it’s taking a stroll through one of the parks in Coatesville (public spaces, like parks, foster socialization for people of all ages), getting together with family, friends, and neighbors, or staying in touch online or by phone, strong, healthy, resilient communities are powered by connection. To learn more about healthy aging in Greater Coatesville, click here.

The Alliance for Health Equity (formerly Brandywine Health Foundation) is a philanthropic organization striving to advance a more equitable, resilient and healthy community for all residents of the Greater Coatesville area. We pursue our mission by providing grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students that address health and economic disparities and social justice. We also build partnership programs and give voice to those often left out of community solution building to improve the overall health of their communities. 100% of contributions go directly to those in need.