Master Plan for Aging

On June 10, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-14-19, calling for a California Master Plan for Aging (Master Plan). Since that time, the state engaged stakeholders in a 14-month planning process, culminating with the release of the Governor’s Master Plan for Aging on January 6, 2021.

This historic milestone brings the opportunity to decisively address the needs of older Californians through a thoughtful, comprehensive, and outcomes-oriented strategy.

“Today, we celebrate California’s release of the Master Plan for Aging—a critical roadmap to transform services for older adults and families in ways that preserve dignity and encourage independence. Governor Newsom’s visionary leadership to call for and produce this Master Plan is even more vital given the COVID-19 crisis and renewed charge to meet the needs of California’s diverse aging population.”

Sarita A. Mohanty, MD, MPH, MBA
President & CEO
The SCAN Foundation

Overview of Master Plan

The governor’s Master Plan sets a course for California to achieve five bold goals by 2030, including over 100 initiatives to act on in 2021-22:

  1. Housing for All Ages and Stages: We will live where we choose as we age in communities that are age- and disability-friendly, and climate- and disaster-ready.
  2. Health Reimagined: We will have access to the services we need to live at home in our communities and to optimize our health and quality of life.
  3. Inclusion and Equity, Not Isolation: We will have lifelong opportunities for work, volunteering, engagement, and leadership and will be protected from isolation, discrimination, abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
  4. Caregiving that Works: We will be prepared for – and supported – through the rewards and challenges of caring for aging loved ones.
  5. Affordable Aging: We will have economic security for as long as we live.

Tracking Implementation

Measuring progress and accountability for implementation are key components of a successful plan. The Master Plan’s implementation will be tracked through the Data Dashboard for Aging, which will include progress and updates on the five goals, including key metrics and indicators.


Local Planning

Successful Master Plan implementation relies on engagement from state, local, and private partners.

The Master Plan for Aging Playbook is designed to assist state and local government, communities, and private and philanthropic organizations in building environments that promote an age-friendly and disability-friendly California.

Philanthropic Partnership

We joined with philanthropic partners to support California’s development of the Master Plan for Aging. This partnership established a joint fund to assist the state with research, policy development, stakeholder outreach, and strategic communications. With this effort, the state launched its comprehensive engagement efforts to inform the Master Plan, which will serve as a blueprint for all Californians to age with dignity and independence.

Elevating the Voices of People

In 2019, we engaged Greater Good Studio to develop a series of community design workshops that elevated the voices of people in Master Plan discussions. The research presented day-in-the-life stories from California’s rural, suburban, and urban regions, and culminated in a final report with recommendations for the state to consider as it developed the California Master Plan.

Executive Summary

Elevating Voices: Strategic Recommendations for the California Master Plan for Aging

Greater Good Studios also followed up with these individuals in 2020 to see how their lives had changed one year later, particularly in relation to the realities and challenges of COVID-19.

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In the midst of crisis, the Master Plan remains a top priority for California voters. Watch the recording and review materials from our August 10 briefing:

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