California Commission on Aging: LRSPA

Strategic Plan for an Aging California Population
Getting California Ready for the Baby Boomers

California is home to nearly four million people over age 65the largest older adult population in the nation.  This number is expected to more than double over the next several decades as the baby boomers begin reaching this milestone.  To address this impending reality, Senator John Vasconcellos wrote Senate Bill 910 (Ch. 948/99, Vasconcellos).  The bill mandated that the California Health and Human Services Agency develop a statewide strategic plan on aging for long term planning purposes.  On October 14, 2003 , the Strategic Plan for an Aging California Population—Getting California Ready for the Baby Boomers, was completed with the major support of the CCoA and a plan development task team representing 25 older adult stakeholder organizations supported by 15 state departments.  The Governor signed the plan in November 2003.  (The Strategic Plan can be reviewed at http://www.calaging.org/works/population_files/population.pdf.)

The California Commission on Aging has agreed to assume responsibility for monitoring and updating this strategic plan.  In conjunction with this process, eleven stakeholder Task Teams were formed to focus on top priority recommendations of the plan.

In conjunction with Planning for an Aging California: an Invitational Forum held by the Commission on March 8, 2005, the Task Teams produced progress reports as follows:

Housing
Economic Security
Elder/Financial Abuse
Transportation
Wellness/Prevention
Mental Health
Oral Health
Long Term Care
Palliative/End of Life Care
Assistive Technology
Provider Workforce