CSAC Bulletin Article

Progress on Master Plan for Aging

September 19, 2019

This week marked the first meeting of the Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee. This Stakeholder Advisory Committee was established pursuant to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order calling for the creation of a Master Plan for Aging. The purpose of the Master Plan for Aging is to provide a blueprint that all stakeholders can utilize to prepare for the growing population of older adults and promote healthy aging in California.

The Governor directed the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, Dr. Mark Ghaly, to convene a Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee to inform the Secretary in the development of the Master Plan. Counties are represented on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee by Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger. California’s counties play an important role in caring for the aging population, including administering the In-Home Supportive Services program and the Adult Protective Services program, and CSAC is grateful that counties are represented on this Committee.

The Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting began with an overview of the Governor’s Executive Order, timelines and deliverables, and progress that has occurred thus far. The Committee then received a presentation from the Department of Finance about the demographic trends related to California’s aging population. This presentation highlighted the significant aging population growth that is anticipated, as well as the potential impacts on housing, the workforce, and revenues. Finally, the Committee discussed a proposed framework for aging. The initial framework identified four key goals related to long-term care, age-friendly communities, health, and financial security.

The Committee will next meet in November. Between now and then, subcommittees and workgroups will be established to conduct work related to some of the initial goals and deliverables that have been identified. Additional information about the Stakeholder Advisory Committee and full meeting materials are available at https://www.chhs.ca.gov/home/master-plan-for-aging/.

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