California Commission on Aging Releases Policy Recommendations to Address Elder Economic Insecurity
The California Commission on Aging’s latest policy paper, Solving the Economic Security Gap for California’s Older Adults, examines the trends in population growth, diversity and the economic inequity experienced by many older adults. Based on testimony presented at the Commission’s 2019 Elder Economic Forum, the paper recognizes the cumulative, long-term impact of systemic racism and discrimination impacting the vulnerability of older adults, particularly those who are women, LGBT, and people of color. The paper describes innovative programs featured at the forum and offers policy and program recommendations to address many inequities.
Add your voice to protect vital services for older adults and
people with disabilities!
The Newsom Administration proposal to close a $54 billion gap in the State Budget would make severe cuts to programs serving low-income older adults and persons with disabilities. Your voice is needed to stop these cuts and protect the services that are helping our most vulnerable residents remain safely in their homes.
The budget proposes complete elimination of Community Based Adult Services and the Multipurpose Senior Service Program, both Medi-Cal Waiver programs that keep frail older adults safe in their homes. Additional cuts would reduce programs that are seeing greater demands during the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home orders, including Senior Nutrition, Caregiver Resource Centers, the Aging and Disability Resource Connection, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman and Independent Living Centers.
Let the Administration know how important these programs are to you, your family members or the people you serve.
Click on the following links to access information and materials from the Commission on Aging May Revise Toolkit.
Urge Governor Newsom to WITHDRAW harmful budget cuts to aging and disability programs!
THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW!
Master Plan for Aging Activities Update
Given the urgency and scale of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the California Department of Aging (CDA) will continue to postpone its Master Plan for Aging (MPA) activities, including the previously scheduled April meetings and webinars, as well as the May 18th Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting. However, CDA does intend to convene the May 28th SAC meeting. We will make additional announcements over the next couple weeks.
COVID19 Response – Share Your Resources!
For now, we are pivoting the EngAGE campaign to the statewide COVID-19 response. During the MPA COVID-19 response call on Saturday, the 28th with CDA and the Health and Human Services Agency, we heard from many of you about the innovative outreach and engagement approaches that you and your organizations are using to support older adults who are potentially isolated, lonely, or in need of a helping hand at this time. CDA would love to catalogue your resources to share across our networks for enhanced outreach. Please join this effort by sharing your best practices and resources in creating community check-ins and support systems via this SurveyMonkey link.
It will just take a few minutes of your time. Feel free to share this link with others in your community (health care providers, faith based organizations, neighborhood groups and others) that might have their own strategies and resources to share. CDA will organize and consolidate the responses on the EngageCA page.
Thank you for all you are doing for your communities and for your participation in this effort.
The MPA Team
Information for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
- Guidance for Area Agencies on Aging for Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Guidance for Community-Based Adult Services for Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Guidance for Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program
- Guidance for the Multipurpose Senior Services Program for Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Guidance on HIPAA & Sharing Health Information In an Emergency
- Guidance Documents: Coronavirus Disease 2019
Governor Gavin Newsom Calls for Creation of a Master Plan for Aging
The Governor's executive order calls for the Secretary of the Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency to convene a cabinet-level Workgroup for Aging to advise the Secretary in developing and implementation of a Master Plan for Aging.
The order also directs CHHS to convene a Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee, a Research Subcommittee and a Long-Term Care Subcommittee to advise development of a Master Plan that creates a more streamlined and equitable system of care for older adults and persons with disabilities in California.
Information on the membership and meetings of the Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee, the Research Subcommittee and the Long-Term Care Subcommittee is available at the Together We EngAGE website. All meetings are open to the public both in person and by telephone.
For upcoming meeting dates, membership and to view materials from past meetings, visit the following links:
Your Advocate: California Commission on Aging
The California Commission on Aging serves as the state’s principal advocate for older adults. Its primary purpose is to advance issues fundamental to ensuring healthy, purposeful and dignified longevity for all Californians.
The Commission on Aging advises the state’s Governor and Legislature, along with federal, state and local agencies, on programs and services that affect older adults. Additionally, the Commission works closely with public, nonprofit and private-sector institutions to address emerging challenges and opportunities.
Established in 1973 by a California government mandate and confirmed in the Older Californians Act, the Commission is comprised of 25 commissioners – representing diverse fields related to aging. Commissioners serve three-year terms as volunteers and are appointed by the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly or by the Senate Rules Committee.
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 tacc.ccoa.ca.gov.