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Strategic alliances are essential to build successful partnerships to bring more services and care to low-income older adults in Miami-Dade.

The need for adequate services and care for low-income older adults in Miami-Dade is pressing with 16% of Miami-Dade’s population 65+ years old, higher than the national average of 15.6%, as per the U.S. Census Bureau.

Strategic alliances are an excellent way for non-profits and the corporate world to come together and leverage limited resources and optimize social impact. The goal is to build strong strategic alliances that will last and provide active programs to the community.

Strategic alliances should emphasize cooperation and collaboration, each organization should have strategic direction and priorities, to articulate them and effectively share to establish the common goal. It is imperative that once the goal is established that both parties come up with an implementation plan that details responsibilities, structure, and procedures. The idea is to bring clarity and stability, clear expectations to reduce the risk of failure.

Assistance to the Elderly and Residential Plaza has established successful strategic alliances with local educational organizations, like Miami-Dade College and West Coast University, to expand the care and services available at Residential Plaza’s Memory Care Program.

“The students come eager to share what they have learned, to have a hands-on experience; our Staff benefits from learning from the students, and the residents enjoy the activities and the extra attention, it’s a win-win situation,” said Luisana Hung Salazar, Development Director for Assistance to the Elderly.

“Allowing higher level education students to come and experience the day-to-day in our Memory Care Program, experience the challenges and identify the opportunities, gives the students a new perspective and our Staff information and inspiration to re-frame our work,” said Barbara Galindo, Residential Plaza’s Administrator.

Since 1990, Residential Plaza provides an affordable home with assisted living services that allow 350 older adults to live in a safe, caring, and supportive environment while maintaining their dignity, independence, and purpose. Residential Plaza has a memory Care Program that provides an affordable 24-hour specialized care, based on the Montessori for Aging and Dementia Program, in a home-like environment for adults with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related disorders.

For more information on Residential Plaza assisted living services and the Memory Care Program visit: