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Social Impact Isolation Summit

On July 1, 2020, CDA Director McCoy Wade participated in a virtual Social Isolation Impact Summit jointly hosted by the Motion Picture & Television Fund and Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging.

The Summit was hosted by NPR’s Ina Jaffe and panelists included Sachin Jain, MD, MBA, SCAN Group and Health Plan and Marc Freedman, Encore.org.

Panelists shared inspirational stories, innovative approaches, tools, and resources to help us all respond to the needs of isolation and loneliness of older adults in the age of COVID-19. A video archive of the Summit is available online.

Industry Insights: Planning for California's Older Demographic Future

On June 26, 2020, CDA Director McCoy Wade participated in a virtual webinar titled “Industry Insights: Planning for California’s Older Demographic Future” hosted by the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging.

Panelists had a rich discussion regarding funding and delivery of long-term care services, as well as financial security for older Californians who’ve lost their jobs and seen their retirement assets diminish in the face of an economic downturn.

Webinar Wednesdays: Parks and Outdoor Spaces

March 11, 2020 CDA and partners hosted Webinar Wednesdays Parks and Outdoor Spaces. This webinar covered topics including: the county of San Diego’s local programs and services that enhance community engagement in their outdoor spaces, initiatives to increase access to state parks for older and adults and people with disabilities, and shared key public comments and recommendations creating parks and outdoor spaces for Californians of all ages and abilities.

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Sacramento County Roundtable

Director Kim McCoy Wade and Senator Pan, and group of roundtable participants, image of event agenda, image of Spring 2020 MPA Progress ReportOn March 9, 2020, Senator Pan and CDA Director McCoy Wade convened a roundtable discussion in Yolo County with community leaders on the topic of long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults and people with disabilities.

Participants discussed the services and supports many older adults in Yolo County need, innovative approaches to structuring and delivering services, and how the master plan can improve current systems.

Photo: Director Kim McCoy Wade and Senator Pan, and group of roundtable participants, image of event agenda, image of Spring 2020 MPA Progress Report

Webinar Wednesdays: Preventing & Responding to Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation

March 4, 2020 CDA and partners hosted Webinar Wednesdays Preventing & Responding to Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation. This webinar covered topics including: Statewide Adult Protective Services, Monterey Counties collective approach to Adult Protective Services, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, and shared key public comments and recommendations on equity, preventing and addressing elder abuse, and lifting up the voice and choice of older adults.

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Santa Clara County Roundtable

CDA Director Kim McCoy Wade and Senator Jim Beall, and group of roundtable participants in a photo collage.On February 28, 2020, Senator Beall and CDA Director McCoy Wade convened a roundtable discussion in Santa Clara County with community leaders on the topics of transportation and housing for older adults and people with disabilities.

Participants discussed the challenges faced by many older adults in Santa Clara County regarding the shortage of accessible public transit, affordable housing, and how the master plan can address these challenges.

Following the roundtable, Senator Beall and Director McCoy Wade, served lunch to the residents at Campbell Community Center in Campbell, CA.
Photo: CDA Director Kim McCoy Wade and Senator Jim Beall, and group of roundtable participants in a photo collage.

Webinar Wednesdays: Isolation, inclusion, and Respect

February 26, 2020 CDA and partners hosted Webinar Wednesdays Isolation, inclusion, and Respect. This webinar covered topics including: the impact of isolation on mental and behavioral health, state programs and strategies that support the mental and behavioral health of older adults and people with disabilities, highlighted an art exhibit in Santa Cruz that in engages the public in an intergenerational age-friendly initiative, and shared key public comments and recommendations on improving statewide and local supports for isolation, bias, and mental/behavioral health for all Californians.

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Santa Barbara County Roundtable

CHHS Secretary Mark Ghaly and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, and group of roundtable participants in a photo collage.On February 21, 2020, Senator Jackson and CHHS Secretary Ghlay convened a roundtable discussion in Ventura County with community leaders on the topics of isolation and housing for older adults and people with disabilities.

Participants discussed the challenges faced by many older adults in Santa Barbara County regarding social and medical isolation, the shortage of affordable housing, and how the master plan address these challenges.

Prior to the roundtable, Senator Jackson, Secretary Ghaly, and participants toured the Golden Inn and Village where the event took place.

Photo: CHHS Secretary Mark Ghaly and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, and group of roundtable participants in a photo collage.

Webinar Wednesdays: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Response

February 19, 2020 CDA and partners hosted Webinar Wednesdays Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Response. This webinar covered topics including: the Sonoma County’s emergency disaster preparedness and response and recommendations for the MPA, state programs and strategies that aid older adults and people with disabilities during emergencies, and key public comments and recommendations on improving statewide and local emergency preparedness systems for all Californians.
Some recommendations from MPA Committee members were: personal preparedness, more training and coordination across agencies, and more collaboration with community-based organizations.

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Webinar Wednesdays: Poverty, Hunger, and Homelessness

February 12, 2020 CDA and partners hosted Webinar Wednesdays Poverty, Hunger, and Homelessness. This webinar covered topics including: the state’s resources and involvement in meeting the transportation needs of older Californians including Age Well, Drive Smart, an example of accessible transit planning from Contra Costa, and key public comments and recommendations on improving statewide transportation for all Californians. Some recommendations from Stakeholder Advisory Committee members were: increasing age/disability-friendly transportation, services to door-through-door, fixed route discounts, and rural transportation options.

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Webinar Wednesdays: Transportation

February 5, 2020 CDA and partners hosted Webinar Wednesdays Transportation. This webinar covered topics including: the state’s resources and involvement in meeting the transportation needs of older Californians including Age Well, Drive Smart, an example of accessible transit planning from Contra Costa, and key public comments and recommendations on improving statewide transportation for all Californians. Some recommendations from Stakeholder Advisory Committee members were: increasing age/disability-friendly transportation, services to door-through-door, fixed route discounts, and rural transportation options.

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Webinar Wednesdays: Housing

January 29, 2020 CDA and partners hosted our second Webinar Wednesdays — an informative and interactive series of webinars addressing a variety of aging-related topics that will inform the development of the Master Plan for Aging. This webinar focused on Housing for older Californians, covering topics including: the State of California’s priority to support housing for older adults through planning, production, and services; affordable housing planning solutions for older adults and persons with disabilities; key public comments and recommendation on affordable housing calling for linking housing to services for older adults.

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CDA Participates in Mountain View Town Hall

On January 23, 2020, a town hall was held in Mountain View to share updates on the Master Plan for Aging and discuss services for older adults not covered by Medicare and the costs frequently shouldered by family caregivers. The Director of California’s Department of Aging Kim McCoy Wade, Maya Altman, CEO of Health Plan of San Mateo, and Susan DeMarois, Policy Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Northern California Chapter were spoke on the panel to more than 80 local participants.

Webinar Wednesdays: Work Opportunity

January 22, 2020 CDA and partners hosted our second Webinar Wednesdays — an informative and interactive series of webinars addressing a variety of aging-related topics that will inform the development of the Master Plan for Aging. This webinar focused on Work Opportunity for older Californians, covering topics including, the current landscape of the older Californian workforce, state community service employment programs, training and skill opportunities for employment, and the barriers to employment for older workers and people with disabilities.

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Webinar Wednesdays: Healthy Aging

January 15, 2020 CDA and partners launched Webinar Wednesdays — an informative and interactive series of webinars addressing a variety of aging-related topics that will inform the development of the Master Plan for Aging. This webinar focused on Healthy Aging, covering topics including, Alzheimer’s and dementia prevention, opioid abuse, fall prevention. Below you can find results from the interactive Healthy Aging polls.

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Nevada County Roundtable

On December 19, 2019, Grass Valley Council member, Jan Arbuckle and CDA Director, Kim McCoy Wade convened a roundtable discussion in Nevada City with community leaders on the topics of transportation, volunteerism, and emergency preparedness for older adults and people with disabilities.

Participants discussed the challenges faced by many older adults in Nevada County and surrounding rural areas with respect to accessing public transportation programs, adequately preparing for disasters, and depression and social isolation.

Photo: CDA Director Kim McCoy Wade engaging with roundtable participants

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

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

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.

Industry Insights: Planning for California's Older Demographic Future

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