Welcome to the California Commission on Aging Website
The California Commission on Aging (CCoA) was established in 1973 by the Burton Act. It was confirmed in the original Older Californians Act of 1980 and reconfirmed in the Mello-Granlund Older Californians Act of 1996.
It is comprised of 25 commissioners; 19 appointed by the Governor, 3 appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, and 3 by the Senate Rules Committee. All Commissioners serve three year terms as volunteers.
The Commission serves as "the principal advocate in the state on behalf of older individuals, including, but not limited to, advisory participation in the consideration of all legislation and regulations made by state
and federal departments and agencies relating to programs and services that affect older individuals." As such it is the principal advisory body to the Governor, State Legislature, and State, Federal and local
departments and agencies on issues affecting older individuals in order to ensure a quality of life for older Californians so they may live with dignity in their chosen environment.
California’s older adult population will nearly double – by 4 million – over the next two decades. Traditionally, older women live longer than men and make up the majority of older adults. While increased longevity is a bonus for some adults
it can often bring with it chronic health conditions, frailty, vulnerability, social isolation and scarcity of
resources. In June CCoA joined with the California Women’s Law Center and the California Commission
on the Status of Women and Girls to host the first
statewide effort to look at the issue of older women in poverty through the lenses of retirement options,
elder justice, food insecurity and health access. Visit the Commission’s Initiatives tab to learn more
about our work on this topic.
Commissioner Paul Downey was elected Chair of the California Commission on Aging in May. Commissioner Downey, President & CEO of Serving Seniors in San Diego, was re-appointed by former Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins to his second term on the Commission in 2015. Click here to read more.
1300 National Drive, Suite 173
Sacramento, CA 95834
Telephone: (916) 419-7591
Fax: (916) 419-7596
The CCoA administers the TRIPLE-A COUNCIL OF CALIFORNIA (TACC), representing the state's 33 Area Agency on Aging advisory councils.
To learn more visit the TACC website at www.4tacc.org.