In June 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order calling for the creation of a Master Plan for Aging, which affirmed the priority of the health and well-being of older Californians and the need for policies that promote healthy aging.
The Master Plan for Aging was envisioned as 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. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed older adults and has strained aging and disability services like never before. In this context the need for a Master Plan for Aging has become even more urgent.
The Master Plan for Aging outlines five bold goals and 23 strategies for leaders in government, business, philanthropic, and community-based organizations to collaborate on creating age-friendly communities for all Californians, and to build a California for All Ages by 2030. It includes a Data Dashboard on Aging to measure progress and a Local Playbook to drive partnerships to help meet these goals.