Director's Message

Director Sandra Fitzpatrick

The Golden State is turning Platinum.

Over the next thirty years, California will experience an unprecedented demographic shift caused by aging baby boomers, those persons born between 1946 and 1964. The growth in California's aging population, coupled with its increasing ethnic and cultural diversity, will have significant implications for all aspects of society.

The California Commission on Aging (CCoA) was established over 30 years ago to serve as the principle state advocate on behalf of older adults. The 25 appointed Commissioners bring a range of academic and real life experiences to meeting discussions. They take seriously their mandates to hold meetings around the state; consider the views of older adults; and convene state leadership in order to influence programs and services for older Californians.

To meet those mandates, the CCoA has created an Operational Plan to help shape policy and programs that meet the needs of older adults today and in the future. CCoA priorities include:

  • Enhance advocacy efforts through legislation and policy analysis
  • Identify opportunities to disseminate information on a variety of aging issues
  • Fulfill advisory responsibilities via state-wide plan, policy, program and regulation review
  • Forge strong partnerships
  • Promote discussion on the state's baby boomer planning efforts and our growing diversity

Our advocacy efforts are primarily focused on influencing public policy. The CCoA recognizes that there is still much to be done to help California prepare before the golden state turns platinum. The CCoA welcomes the participation of individuals and other organizations in helping to design an infrastructure that meets the needs of today and tomorrow's elders.