Welcome to the California Commission on Aging Website

The California Commission on Aging (CCoA) was established in 1973 by the Burton Act. It was confirmed in the original Older Californians Act of 1980 and reconfirmed in the Mello-Granlund Older Californians Act of 1996. It is comprised of 25 commissioners; 19 appointed by the Governor, 3 appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, and 3 by the Senate Rules Committee. All Commissioners serve three year terms as volunteers.

The Commission serves as "the principal advocate in the state on behalf of older individuals, including, but not limited to, advisory participation in the consideration of all legislation and regulations made by state and federal departments and agencies relating to programs and services that affect older individuals." As such it is the principal advisory body to the Governor, State Legislature, and State, Federal and local departments and agencies on issues affecting older individuals in order to ensure a quality of life for older Californians so they may live with dignity in their chosen environment.

Aging, Women and Poverty in California

Senior Rally Day flyerCalifornia’s older adult population will nearly double – by 4 million – over the next two decades. Traditionally, older women live longer than men and make up the majority of older adults. While increased longevity is a bonus for some adults it can often bring with it chronic health conditions, frailty, vulnerability, social isolation and scarcity of resources. In June CCoA joined with the California Women’s Law Center and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls to host the first statewide effort to look at the issue of older women in poverty through the lenses of retirement options, elder justice, food insecurity and health access. Visit the Commission’s Initiatives tab to learn more about our work on this topic.

Fighting ageism across the globe

Oct. 1 is the 2016 United Nations International Day of Older Persons.

The 2016 United Nations International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) will take a stand against ageism by drawing attention to and challenging negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older persons and ageing.

Ageism is a widely prevalent and prejudicial attitude that stems from the assumption that age discrimination, and sometimes neglect and abuse of older persons is a social norm and therefore, acceptable. It is a reality in some form in all societies, and finds expression in individuals’ attitudes, institutional and policy practices, as well as media representation that devalue and exclude older persons. In 2014, Governments around the world adopted a resolution at the Economic and Social Council that recognized ageism as “the common source of, the justification for and the driving force behind age discrimination.”

Such discrimination shapes how older persons are treated and perceived by their societies, including in medical settings and workplaces, creating environments that limit older persons’ potential and impact their health and well-being. The failure to tackle ageism undermines older persons’ rights and hinders their contributions to social, economic, cultural and political life.

- Reprinted from NCOA WEEK, National Council on Aging, 9/27/16

Commissioner Paul Downey Elected CCoA Chair

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Commissioner Paul Downey was elected Chair of the California Commission on Aging in May. Commissioner Downey, President & CEO of Serving Seniors in San Diego, was re-appointed by former Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins to his second term on the Commission in 2015. Click here to read more.


Contact Us
1300 National Drive, Suite 173
Sacramento, CA 95834

Telephone: (916) 419-7591
Fax: (916) 419-7596

The CCoA administers the TRIPLE-A COUNCIL OF CALIFORNIA (TACC), representing the state's 33 Area Agency on Aging advisory councils.

To learn more visit the TACC website at www.4tacc.org.