St. Paul’s PACE and Gary and Mary West PACE Host First PACE in the Park


Sept. 5, 2023 – In honor of National PACE Month, St. Paul’s PACE and Gary and Mary West PACE hosted the first PACE in the Park, an end-of-summer social gathering for PACE participants in North County. Seniors from both programs came together at Oakcrest Park in Encinitas, CA, to connect and celebrate how PACE has kept them active and independent. The event promoted unity among programs and was an official kick-off for National PACE Month in September.

PACE (Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) is a nationwide model that provides compassionate, comprehensive health care and social services to adults over age 55 with multiple chronic conditions qualifying them for skilled nursing-level care. By addressing participants’ physical, emotional and social needs, PACE helps seniors maintain their independence and age successfully in their own homes. 

The theme for this year’s National PACE Month celebration set by the National PACE Association is “PACE: Where You Belong.” The PACE in the Park event fostered a sense of belonging among PACE participants through activities designed to spark movement, creativity and new friendships.

“We’ve never done something like this before,” said Jennifer Romero, director of Marketing at St. Paul’s PACE. “But what better way to celebrate National PACE Month than by bringing our seniors together?”

“Seeing our participants revel in the day's festivities and forge deeper bonds reminds us of the incredible impact we can create together,” said Mary Jurgensen, director of Community Engagement at West PACE. “We're immensely grateful for this collaboration and the shared commitment that made this celebration possible."

St. Paul’s PACE and Gary and Mary West PACE are two of the leading PACE programs in San Diego County. They will host activities throughout September to celebrate National PACE Month, and all are welcome to participate.

To learn more about St. Paul’s PACE, visit or call 1-833-PACE NOW. To learn more about Gary and Mary West PACE or to schedule a tour, visit or call 760-280-2230.