About

What We Are

Elders Living in Their Element is a cooperative, grass roots organization dedicated to helping seniors live in their homes longer with a better quality of life. Modeled after the “virtual village” movement that is growing across the nation, we are member-run by volunteers who work to connect seniors with the resources then need.  In addition to services for seniors at home, we also create opportunities for social interaction, which is so important to our health and happiness.  Drop-in socials, special events, and common interest groups are among the social events we make available.

Established in 2015 as a subsidiary non-profit under the San Diego City Heights Town Council 501c-3, donations are tax-deductible according to the rules of U.S. IRS tax code.

See the official description of our goals in our Mission Statement below.

See the KPBS video interview, November 6, 2015 for more information.
Full KPBS article

Who We Are

Elders Living in Their Element is run solely by volunteers who are neighborhood residents. Membership is open to anyone 50 and over in the following neighborhoods in City Heights, San Diego:

  • Azalea Park
  • Fairmount Park
  • Ridgeview
  • Nearby neighborhoods of City Heights

Although we started out in three neighborhoods, we welcome anyone in City Heights who would like to join us.  Find out more about becoming a member or volunteer through the Join page.

Steering Committee

  • Agnes Conradt
  • Elizabeth Alyea
  • Evie Kosower
  • Marigold Hernly

Mission Statement

To enable Members, age 50 and above, to have the practical means and the confidence to be able to live their lives  to the fullest in their own homes as they grow older.


Webmaster: Diana Diehl diana at elderslivingintheirelement dot org