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St. Paul's Senior Services’ Legislative Breakfast

On December 6, 2019, California Department of Aging Director Kim McCoy Wade provided the keynote address at the 20th Annual St. Paul’s Senior Services’ Legislative Breakfast in San Diego. McCoy Wade provided an update on the Master Plan for Aging, followed with a question and answer session.

Photo: Director Kim McCoy Wade presenting to attendees of the 20th Annual St. Paul’s Senior Services’ Legislative Breakfast in San Diego.

San Diego Legislative Roundtable

On December 6, 2019, Secretary Ghaly and Senate President Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) convened a roundtable discussion with community leaders on the topic of housing for older adults.

Participants discussed the challenges faced by many older adults in San Diego and statewide with respect to housing affordability and access. San Diego operates a number of innovative programs designed to help keep older adults out of long-term care facilities and remain in their communities with the services and supports they need to age with dignity and respect.

Photo: Secretary Ghaly and Senator Atkins with roundtable participants

Assembly Member Nazarian Hosts Master Plan for Aging Engagement Session

On November 20, 2019 Assembly Member Nazarian held a 90-minute Master Plan for Aging Engagement Session at the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging’s Annual Meeting and Allied Conference in Glendale.

Shireen McSpadden, Executive Director of the Department of Aging and Adult Services in San Francisco welcomed Assembly Member Nazarian, and Acting Director of the Department of Aging, Kim McCoy Wade, to engage with conference attendees. To frame the conversation, McCoy Wade provided an update on the current state of the Master Plan for Aging and opened the queue for comments and questions from the room. Questions were asked and ideas were shared around many aging issues with a heightened focus on housing and transportation services for older adults and people with disabilities in California.

Photo: C4A Annual Meeting and Allied Conference, November 20, 2019

CDA Participates in Elder Economic Forum

Elder Economic ForumAs part of the California Commission on Aging’s (CCOA) November 2019 General Meeting, Acting Director Kim McCoy Wade, along with Treasurer Fiona Ma, CCOA Chair Betsy Butler, Justice in Aging Executive Director Kevin Prindiville and SAGE Chief Executive Officer Michael Adams participated in a robust discussion on the topics of the political, economic and demographic impacts on retirement. The forum was hosted by the Los Angeles LGBT Center at their Village at Ed Gould Plaza location.

Photo: Elder Economic Forum: Political, Economic, and Demographic Impacts on Retirement, November 19, 2019

Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Subcommittee Meeting #2

LTSS #2The second convening of the LTSS Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting occurred on November 12, 2019 in Sacramento. See the agenda, presentation, and transcript (coming soon) for details.

California Department of Aging Acting Director, Kim McCoy Wade kicked-off the meeting by engaging the committee on refining the process on how to collaborate on developing the recommendations that will make up the Master Plan for Aging and provided a report-out from the November 4, 2019 Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting. This meeting of the minds generated deep discussions on a variety of topics including current research on how LTSS is funded, how to rethink financing LTSS for California, and the eligibility gaps people with disabilities face in a siloed system, followed by public comment.

Photo: The LTSS Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting on November 12, 2019 in Sacramento.

Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting #2

Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting, November 4, 2019The second convening of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting occurred on November 4, 2019 in Sacramento. See the agenda, presentation, and transcript (coming soon) for details.

This meeting featured a rich discussion on a variety of topics, including comments from Secretary Ghaly encouraging the group to think about how we can better communicate with older adults during emergencies and public safety power shutoffs, San Diego County’s innovative approach to structuring and providing services to older adults, report-outs from October’s convenings of the Long-Term Services and Supports and Research subcommittees, discussion surrounding long-term services and supports, livable communities for all ages and abilities, health and well-being, and economic security and safety, followed by public comment.

Photo: Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting, November 4, 2019

Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Subcommittee Meeting #1

LTSS Subcommittee Meeting, October 28, 2019The first convening of the LTSS Subcommittee meeting occurred on October 28, 2019 in Sacramento. See the agenda, presentation, and transcript for details.

California Department of Aging Acting Director, Kim McCoy Wade began the meeting by welcoming Subcommittee members, and emphasizing the importance of the work before them – that is – to develop and submit a report addressing a number of LTSS-related topics to the Governor by March 2020. The Subcommittee itself is one of only two subcommittees identified in Executive Order N-14-19, and its work will be essential to ensuring that older Californians have the resources they need to age with dignity and respect.

Themes discussed during the meeting included the need for the Master Plan to address the needs of low- and middle-class older Californians, the importance of durable medical equipment, vision aids and economic security for older adults, the need to explicitly include family caregivers in the Master Plan, as well as a discussion surrounding LTSS financing options.

Photo: LTSS Subcommittee Meeting, October 28, 2019

Research Subcommittee Meeting #1

Oct MeetingThe first convening of the Research Subcommittee meeting occurred on October 24, 2019 in Sacramento. See the agenda, presentation 1, 2, 3, and 4, and transcript for details.

California Department of Aging Acting Director, Kim McCoy Wade began the meeting by emphasizing the importance of the Research Subcommittee. The Committee itself is one of only two subcommittees identified in Executive Order N-14-19, and its work will be essential to ensure that the Master Plan for Aging is data-driven and empirical.

Themes discussed during the meeting included the need to identify specific data points to study, identifying and verifying specific benchmarks, and emphasizing the importance of using both quantitative and qualitative data to inform the Master Plan.

Photo: Research Subcommittee Meeting, October 24, 2019

California Legislative Staff Education Institute

Kim CLESIOn October 22, 2019, the California Legislative Staff Education Institute hosted a discussion on the topics of the Master Plan for Aging, and aging-in-place considerations.

California Department of Aging Acting Director, Kim McCoy Wade gave a presentation highlighting the work currently being done to establish and convene the two subcommittees identified in the Governor’s executive order – Research and Long-Term Care.

Acting Director McCoy Wade further articulated the need to be thoughtful about how we collectively use the term “aging-in-place.” Most commonly, the term is understood to convey the desirability of older adults remining in their communities and homes, as opposed to entering a long-term care facility. In reality, sometimes it will make sense for an older adult to downsize to a smaller home, or move in with family, or even into a care facility. These actions, and the concept of aging-in-place are not mutually exclusive, and we should be cognizant of the fact that the notion of aging-in-place is subject to one’s interpretation based on their unique circumstances and life experiences. What’s important is that older and aging adults have an available range of housing choices to meet their needs.

Photo: Acting Director Kim McCoy Wade presenting at the California Legislative Staff Education Institute.

Bakersfield Legislative Roundtable

Bakersfield Legislative RoundtableOn September 20, 2019, Secretary Ghaly and Senator Hurtado (D-Sanger) convened a roundtable discussion with local business, labor and community leaders on the topics of older adult employment and workforce issues at the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.

The roundtable kicked off Employ Older Workers Week, which occurs annually during the last week of September. The week celebrates the skills and contributions that older workers bring to the workforce, and encourages employers to hire these individuals.

Photo: Secretary Ghaly and Senator Hurtado with roundtable participants

Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting #1

Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting #1The first convening of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting occurred on September 17, 2019 in Sacramento. See the meeting summary for details.

California Department of Aging Acting Director, Kim McCoy Wade, presented the following mission, vision and goals of the Master Plan for Aging to Committee members for their consideration and feedback:

  • Vision: An age-friendly California for the increasing numbers and diversity of older adults and families.
  • Mission: Person-Centered, Data-Driven 10 Year Master Plan for Aging by October 2020.
  • As Californians live longer lives, our State’s goals for all older adults and families are:
    • Goal 1: We will be able to live where we choose as we age and have the help we and our families need to do so.
    • Goal 2: We will live in and be engaged in age-friendly communities.
    • Goal 3: We will maintain our health and well-being as we age.
    • Goal 4: Security and Safety: We will have economic security and be safe from abuse, neglect, and exploitation throughout our lives.

Photo: Top, left to right: Irena Asmundson, Secretary Ghaly, Stephen Somers, Kim McCoy Wade, Anastasia Dotson

California Master Plan for Aging Forum

On September 16, 2019, the SCAN Foundation hosted a forum that brought together an array of stakeholders, including members of the legislature, local government, non-profit, philanthropy, academia, and leadership from the California Health and Human Services Agency and California Department of Aging to kick off the Together We ENGAGE campaign, and begin a dialogue on how best to leverage people and partnerships to build a person-centered, age-friendly California.

Secretary Ghaly articulated his vision that the Master Plan for Aging be planned well, planned thoughtfully and planned with dignity because it will impact all generations and communities in California. Click below to hear the Secretary’s comments in their entirety.

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