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A Pandemic of Older Americans

California Leads the Fight to Protect Older Adults and People With Disabilities

Was Live Fri, Dec 16, 2022 | 11 am PT

Guest Speakers:

  • Susan DeMaroisDirector, California Department of Aging
  • Dr. Tomás AragónState Public Health Officer and Director, California Department of Public Health
  • Ana ActonDeputy Director of Independent Living and Community Access Division, California Department of Rehabilitation
  • Jessica LehmanExecutive Director, Senior and Disability Action
  • Dr. Donna BentonDirector, University of Southern California Family Caregiver Support Center

News Report of this Media Briefing

Event Overview

  • More than 22 percent of Californians are over the age of 65. 70 percent of deaths from Covid-19 are of people ages 65 and older.
  • Older adults are now struggling with the multiple viruses, including COVID-19, RSV, and the flu.
  • This week’s briefing will focus on how California is taking the lead on care for older adults and those with disabilities, especially amid the winter virus surge.
  • Speakers will discuss harm reduction measures such as masking, testing, and simply staying home. Speakers will also share resources the state offers for older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers.
  • The state of California is looking to the future and California’s Master Plan for Aging (MPA) affirms the priority of the health and well-being of older Californians and people with disabilities. It is a “blueprint” to prepare the state for the coming demographic changes and continue California’s leadership in aging, disability, and equity. How can other states implement California’s novel model?

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