By Suzanne Reed
“Is California prepared to meet the needs of the aging baby boomer generation?”
That was the question posed three years ago by the California State Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care chaired by Senator Carol Liu (D-La Canada), where I served as Chief of Staff.
After a year of research, briefings by experts and public hearings, the Select Committee replied with a resounding, “No, it is not.”
The committee’s report, A Shattered System: Reforming Long-Term Care in California concluded that the current hodgepodge of a system fails to organize around consumer needs and is almost impossible to navigate.
By Bob Prath
At the front lines of California’s rapidly aging demographic, California mayors and local leaders are taking a fresh course of action to make their communities age-friendly, and more livable for everyone, as part of a growing international movement.
Our unprecedented age wave requires new thinking, and many California cities have answered with inspirational and innovative ideas: more affordable housing, better senior centers, more physical activity, better signage, more public seating, walkable downtowns, improved civic engagement and heightened respect for elders.
By Nader Shabahangi
A group of mostly elders in their 80’s and 90’s liked coming to the Elders Academy presentations every Wednesday afternoon in the cozy Forget-Me-Not-Café, a part of our AgeSong assisted living community in San Francisco.
I joined the group as participants discussed the lecture “What Builds a Community?” and shared personal reflections.
By Matt Perry
Everything I knew about aging was wrong.
That was the first lesson I learned when I plunged headfirst into the world of aging as a reporter five years ago.
What did I get so wrong?
We typically see older adults as alien creatures trapped in a foreign landscape separate from our own.
By Karen Lincoln
California’s population is aging. By 2030, 18 percent of the state will be 65 or older. More significantly, this population will be increasingly racially and ethnically diverse. Current projections suggest that 52% of these older adults will be members of a minority group.
This demographic shift is likely to have a profound impact on California, with studies projecting increased older adult poverty rates, rising health-care costs for the elderly, and significant long-term care shortages.
By Yuki Baba
Nate Kyle is 8 years old and diagnosed with a brain malformation characterized by lack of proper wrinkles on the brain. Since he cannot sit up on his own, he spends a lot of time on his blanket on the floor.
By Alex Johnson
A child’s health and chance to survive a serious medical condition should not be dependent on their family’s income. All children deserve access to high-quality health care services – particularly children who are medically fragile or have serious diseases.
That tenet is at the heart of the California Children’s Services (CCS) program – a model program leading the nation and the world in providing children with access to the best health care services, regardless of their family’s income.
By Pam Raymond
California’s day programs for adults with autism are underfunded and overcrowded. But with thousands of young people with developmental delays or disabilities about to reach the age at which they can no longer attend a public school, the problem is soon going to get much, much worse.
My daughter’s story is just one example of the limited options available for these young adults and the parents who care for them.