Rethinking Aging in Public Policy

October 11, 2018

Rethinking Aging in Public Policy

As part of our nonpartisan campaign to educate policymakers and stakeholders about the urgent need for a statewide master plan for aging, We Stand With Seniors hosted a briefing in the California State Capitol. There, we unveiled poll results showing voters overwhelmingly support improving caregiver services and supports, creating a long-term care system, and our next governor developing a comprehensive approach to address these issues.

We hope you’ll take a moment to watch this short video, highlighting some key discussion points among our panelists. The overarching theme of the day: Voters understand California’s senior care crisis is imminent, yet policymakers have largely ignored the reality in our state. They know that one in five seniors lives in poverty, we have the nation’s second-highest rate of seniors in poverty and nearly half of all homeless adults are age 50 and older.

To create the systemic change needed, our state’s legislators and governor need to be fully engaged and rethink aging in public policy. We’re pleased that so many staff and elected officials took the time to attend our Sacramento briefing and ask engaging questions; however, we need to do more. Please let us know if you’d like additional information or if you have questions about ways in which you can help amplify the message that California desperately needs a master plan for aging…now.

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