California is growing older and poorer. The state has the highest rate of senior poverty in the nation and its population of older adults is set to nearly double over the next 20 years. The need for a plan to address the unmet economic security, and health and long-term care needs of the state’s older adults is urgent. In 2019, California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, signed an executive order calling for a Master Plan for Aging and directed the Health and Human Services Agency to convene a cabinet level working group to advise in the development of the plan.
Justice in Aging’s Executive Director, Kevin Prindiville, as well as many of our partners, and Justice in Aging board member Fernando Torres-Gil sit on this committee. We look forward to helping drive aging policy in California, and creating a blueprint other states can follow.
See below for resources with Justice in Aging’s recommendations for ensuring that the Master Plan meets its goals to advance equity, increase economic security and safety, and improve access to quality, affordable health care and LTSS programs for all of us as we age. We will continue to add to this page over time.