California Gearing Up for Plan on Helping the Elderly ‘Age’ Better

March 1, 2019

California Gearing Up for Plan on Helping the Elderly ‘Age’ Better

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of
March 1, 2019

In California, as in every other state in the Union, people are getting older as a percentage of the demographic. The Baby Boomer generation is now retiring and thats placing more financial pressure on states to provide adequate care and support. Governor Newsom recently called for a “Master Plan on Aging” during his State of the State address. 

According to the Governor, he watched his father deal with dementia and his health decline and deteriorate and is therefore motivated to help other families deal with these challenging times. In California, the aging population will increase by 4 million by 2029 and double in 25 years, according to the governor. 

This is one of the primary motivators to come up with a solid plan that will help elderly men and women get adequate care and live more comfortably, even as they deal with increasing health related challenges. 

According to the Capital Public Radio blog, Gavin Newsom Calls For ‘Master Plan On Aging’ In California, written by Chris Nichols: 

Bruce Chernof is president of The SCAN Foundation based in Southern California, which focuses on improving the quality of life for seniors. His organization advocated for a comprehensive, statewide plan for seniors during the gubernatorial campaign. 

“This is a huge and important step forward here in California,” Chernof said. “Aging impacts not just older adults but entire families, the fabric of the state and the state’s economy. Our new governor has shown extraordinary leadership in an area where other governors have not in recent years.” 

Chernof said the state’s problem is not the number of programs it offers. It’s getting them to work together more effectively.”  

As there are numerous needs among the elderly with multiple programs available, it can be difficult for aging seniors and their families to navigate the systems and determine which one is optimal for them at any given time. It is also not the most fluid system for helping people work with multiple services. 

Developing an improved or streamlined plan could be beneficial for aging men and women as they deal with increasing health issues. Another benefit could be lowering costs for the state. 

California, like so many other states, is dealing with deficits and debts that could impact its ability to fund senior services, which often include home care options. By focusing on creating a better plan and improving communication across various services, it may help to reduce these costs and make it easier for California’s aging population to receive the support and care they require when they need it. 

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