The Master Plan will serve as a blueprint for state government, local communities, private organizations and philanthropy to build environments that promote an age-friendly California.
Seniors will be California’s fastest-growing population. Between now and 2026, the number of Californians 65 and older is expected to climb by 2.1 million, according to projections by the state Department of Finance. Click here to view an infographic on the state of California’s seniors and why a Master Plan for Aging is critical to ensuring successful aging in the Golden State.
On June 10, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-14-19, calling for a California Master Plan for Aging (Master Plan). In October, Newsom signed S.B. 228 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson to build on the Master Plan by assigning groups and agencies to the project and calling for an initial plan by October 2020.
This historic commitment was in part the result of the Gary and Mary West Foundation’s partnership with The SCAN Foundation on the successful We Stand With Seniors public awareness and education campaign, an initiative that led to Governor Newsom advancing plans for this long-overdue blueprint to enable successful aging in the state of California.
The Master Plan will serve as a blueprint that can be used by state government, local communities, private organizations and philanthropy to build environments that promote an age-friendly California.
CHHS and CDA are dedicated to engaging the public’s participation in the development of the Master Plan for Aging. Californians are encouraged to share their unique vision and insight on what needs to be included in the plan and how the plan should be executed. Recommendations and comments can be submitted either online or through public forums and events. Stay up to date on the latest engagement activities here.
In 2019, the Gary and Mary West Foundation and its funder partners joined the State of California in pioneering a private-public partnership to develop a Master Plan for Aging in California. The Master Plan will create the framework for a high-quality, affordable system of care for all older Californians and their families and become a national blueprint for other states to follow.
The Stakeholder Advisory Committee will advise in the development of the Master Plan. This diverse group of 34 stakeholders with varying expertise and experiences will help to develop components of the Master Plan, including best practices and data metrics, to guide the work of state government, local communities, private organizations, and philanthropy to build environments that promote healthy aging. To learn more about the Committee, please click here.
In August 2019, Gary and Mary West Foundation President and CEO Shelley Lyford was appointed to the Stakeholder Advisory Committee.
The Foundation is proud to have representation on the following committees and subcommittees:
President and CEO
|Zia Agha, MD, MS
Chief Medical Officer
|Stakeholder Advisory Committee
Health & Well-Being Subcommittee
The Gary and Mary West Foundation believes the Master Plan for Aging is an important opportunity to rethink how to deliver senior-appropriate care within our healthcare system that improves access and lowers costs for all of California’s seniors.
The Foundation supports the development of the framework for the Master Plan for Aging, including the establishment of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, the Research and Long-Term Services and Supports Subcommittees and the following established goals:
Goal 1: Services & Supports. We will live where we choose as we age and have the help we and our families need to do so.
Goal 2: Livable Communities & Purpose. We will live in and be engaged in communities that are age-friendly, dementia-friendly, and disability-friendly.
Goal 3: Health & Well-Being. We will live in communities and have access to services and care that optimize health and quality of life.
Goal 4: Economic Security & Safety. We will have economic security and be safe from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and natural disasters and emergencies throughout our lives.
The Gary and Mary West Foundation has supported the establishment of innovative models of care in San Diego that:
The Foundation hopes to see these care models that better serve our senior population expand across the country to help address the important healthcare needs of seniors everywhere.
Through cross-sector investment and collaboration, there is an opportunity for the Master Plan to recommend or advance best-practice approaches to addressing out-of-pocket healthcare and drug costs to serve our senior population cost-effectively.
Integrative care delivery models are being tested nationwide, and the work we are doing with the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center is an example. Our Senior Dental Centers are co-located within the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center and Gary and Mary West PACE to provide convenient, all-inclusive care for senior clients.
As part of the Master Plan for Aging, California Health and Human Services Agency is asking for the public’s feedback and participation in the development of the plan! If you or your organization have a specific policy recommendation for the Master Plan, you may submit your recommendation via email to EngAGE@aging.ca.gov, through social media using #TogetherWeEngAGE or on the Together We EngAGE website.
Colorado’s Strategic Action Plan on Aging is led by a planning group of state and local representatives, as well as providers and advocates. The plan addresses a range of issues from age-friendly communities, housing, transportation, and workforce.
Connecticut’s Real Choice for Long-Term Services and Supports plan focuses primarily on long-term services and supports (LTSS), with a planning committee comprised of state and legislative representatives.
Minnesota was one of the earlier states engaging in system planning through its Aging 2030 initiative, with goals centered on a range of issues including redefining work and retirement; supporting caregivers, and enhancing the use of technology, among
Washington’s Aging and Long-Term Support Administration: Strategic Plan includes strategic objectives with quantified success measures, as well as a timeline and action plan.
For the latest news, meetings, and events, please visit Master Plan for Aging.
September 16, 2019: The SCAN Foundation’s Master Plan for Aging Forum
August 1, 2016: California’s Master Plan for Aging: Understanding Voters’ Views and the Policy Implications Lunch Briefing