October 19-20

2020 Forum: Honoring the Journey of Growing Older

Sharing the Event

Our two-day, virtual Forum was anchored by livestream plenaries, breakout discussions, performances by special guests, and opportunities to network.

Day 1

Opening Plenary

Welcome

Keynote Addresses

  • Maria Shriver, Chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Prevention, Preparedness and a Path Forward, Former First Lady of California
  • Fiona Ma, California State Treasurer

Why a Master Plan for Aging? The Latest Perspectives from Older Adults and People with Disabilities

The value of planning to meet the needs of our aging population has never been greater. Many states, including California, have initiated important steps to develop Master Plans for Aging. To elevate these steps and ensure the voice of older Californians is at the forefront, Greater Good Studio listened to older adults, people with disabilities, and those that provide their care and services. One year later, this plenary revisited this effort to highlight these individuals, further understand their experiences, and hear how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted them.

“The ones that can get to us through Zoom generally on like an iPad they have, they have let us know that they are in a lot of crises and a lot of anxiety around this [COVID-19] experience.”

Gwen Boozé
Alameda County

2020 Innovation Award

For this year’s Innovation Award, we honored a member organization of our California Advocacy Network of Regional Coalitions that has shown significant leadership in improving the lives of older adults in California: DayBreak Adult Care Centers.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session A

Popular shows like New Amsterdam and How to Get Away with Murder have focused on aging in their hospital and family storylines and what the health care system could and should be offering older adults and their family caregivers. They do this with creativity and grace—always entertaining and often educating us. Looking forward, how should the entertainment industry weave in COVID-19, related racial equity issues, and other realities of today into their storylines? What are the opportunities and responsibilities? In this session, we heard from experts and top TV writers about how they’re working to change the narratives around older adults and caregivers on screen and, in turn, within living rooms.

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Afternoon Plenary

State of the State: Seizing LTSS Opportunities in Challenging Times

California’s state policymakers are grappling with a range of long-term services and supports (LTSS) challenges including system financing, service delivery, access, and workforce considerations across both home- and community-based settings and congregate settings. This plenary touched on California’s most pressing issues and emerging opportunities across the LTSS landscape. Topics included the impact of COVID-19 on LTSS, and ways state leaders are navigating reform during a budget crisis.

Performance

“You’re Aging Well” by Dar Williams
Performed by Tony Award-winner Ali Stroker, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and Damon Daunno

Day 2

Morning Plenary

Welcome

Performance

“On Aging” by Maya Angelou
Performed by Tony Award-winner Phylicia Rashad and Obie Award-winner Alexandria Wailes

2020 LTSS State Scorecard: Measuring Progress to Advance Action

In September 2020, AARP released the fourth iteration of the Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard. In this plenary, speakers presented the Scorecard data, highlighted state successes and opportunities for improvement, and discussed how data can be used to leverage policy opportunities in states working to reshape systems of care for aging populations.

“To date, the delivery of services we all know has been fragmented [with] little systematic connection or coordination between them. And that’s where data and measurement become so important.”

Kathryn Kietzman, PhD, MSW
Senior Research Scientist
Center for Health Policy Research, UCLA

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session A

California has long been a leader in LTSS transformation, so how does it rank relative to other states on creating a high-performing system of care? This session delved into California’s results on the 2020 LTSS State Scorecard. Panelists discussed how California performed in each of the five Scorecard dimensions, how stakeholders can use the data to advance action, and how the information relates to the state’s Master Plan for Aging.

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Closing Plenary

Love, Work, Vitality, and Friendship: Catalyzing Designers and Entrepreneurs to Co-Design Beautiful  Products with Older Adults

The Foundation launched Alive Ventures to reimagine and build companies, products and services to help older adults live, work, and love better. Led by Alive Ventures’ CEO, John Zapolski, this conversation shared how the venture studio is engaging communities of designers, entrepreneurs, and older adults to reimagine the possibilities and opportunities for fulfillment in later life.

(Forum video content is partially captioned at this time. In the coming weeks, we will be adding open captioning to the portions of our Forum that were livestreamed. Those videos will be updated below.)