In June 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order calling for the creation of a Master Plan for Aging (Master Plan) ( Executive Order N-14-19 ). The Executive Order affirmed the priority of the health and well-being of older Californians and the need for policies that promote healthy aging. It also called for a “blueprint” for state government, local government, the private sector, and philanthropy to prepare the state for the coming demographic changes and continue California’s leadership in aging, disability, and equity.
After work began on the Master Plan, the COVID-19 pandemic reached California. The virus disproportionately harmed older and other at-risk adults, and it strained aging and disability services like never before. Older adults have experienced unprecedented death rates – particularly among Latino, Black and Asian Pacific Islander communities and those living in nursing homes. Intensified social isolation and ageism have been especially burdensome. The suffering, resilience, and leadership of older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers, service providers, and advocates during this time have made the Governor’s Master Plan for Aging even more urgent.
The Master Plan for Aging outlines five bold goals and twenty-three strategies to build a California for All Ages by 2030. It also includes a Data Dashboard on Aging to measure our progress and a Local Playbook to drive partnerships that help us meet these goals together.
This is not a plan simply for today’s older adults. Instead, the Master Plan is a blueprint for aging across the lifespan. The Master Plan calls on all California communities to build a California for All Ages: for older Californians currently living through the many different stages of the second half of life; for younger generations who can expect to live longer lives than their elders; for communities of all ages – family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and caregivers – surrounding older adults. As Californians, we can create communities where people of all ages and abilities are engaged, valued, and afforded equitable opportunities to thrive as we age, how and where we choose.
An aging population will introduce new opportunities for economic and community growth, but also drive increased health and long-term care costs. We need a plan that brings everyone to the table – local communities, labor, private sector and philanthropy – to help us understand what’s coming and guide us toward taking better care of older Californians.
We will live where we choose as we age in communities that are age-, disability-, and dementia-friendly and climate- and disaster-ready.
Target: Millions of New Housing Options to Age WellRead More
We will have access to the services we need to live at home in our communities and to optimize our health and quality of life.
Target: Close the Equity Gap in and Increase Life ExpectancyRead More
We will have lifelong opportunities for work, volunteering, engagement, and leadership and will be protected from isolation, discrimination, abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Target: Keep Increasing Life Satisfaction as We AgeRead More
We will be prepared for and supported through the rewards and challenges of caring for aging loved ones.
Target: One Million High-Quality Caregiving JobsRead More
We will have economic security for as long as we live.
Target: Close the Equity Gap in and Increase Elder Economic SufficiencyRead More