Resources Available to Support Services to California's Older Adults:
California's Master Plan for Aging
In June 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order calling for the creation of a Master Plan for Aging (MPA). 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.
California Master Plan for Aging Local Playbook
The Master Plan for Aging Playbook is designed to assist state and local government, communities, and private and philanthropic organizations in building environments that promote an age-friendly and disability-friendly California.
Fall Prevention Resources
One in four people 65 and older falls each year. Falls can lead to a loss of independence, but they are preventable. The following brochures provide tools for assessing your risk of falling, as well as information on how to prevent outdoor falls, falls due to medication, and falls around your pets.
California Telephone Access Program
Every day, specialized California Phones from the California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) enable over half a million Californians to stay connected. CTAP is a program of the California Public Utilities Commission Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program. The program is funded by a small surcharge that appears on all telephone bills in California. This surcharge appears on your phone bill as "CA Relay Service and Communications Devices Fund."
CTAP provides amplified phones that make it easier to hear conversations, big button phones that are easier to dial, phones with lights that flash for incoming calls, convenient portable phones – and more. California Phones are available to persons who live in California, have telephone service and your doctor approves your need.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
In the U.S., more than half of all adults have one or more preventable chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor diets and not enough physical activity. Given the high rates of chronic disease among Americans, the science that informs the Dietary Guidelines is examined through the lens of health promotion and disease prevention. This means that priority has been placed on studies that examine the relationship between diet and health across all life stages, in men, women and children from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, who are healthy or at risk of chronic disease.
All Americans, no matter their health status, can benefit from making changes to what they eat and drink to build a healthy diet.
Aging and Disabled Adult Resources
In addition to the Master Plan for Aging, the California Department of Aging has released this booklet. Aging or disabled adults can find resources available.