News on transforming care for older adults
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A TSF-authored AARP blog post discusses how the California Master Plan should engage public and private sectors in systems-based solutions that touch all aspects of life experience (e.g., health, human services, housing, and transportation, among others).
In his first Perspectives of the new year, Dr. Chernof reflects on the substantial progress to transform care for older Californians that occurred last year, and highlights some of the key opportunities looking forward.
Here are TSF’s top three most accessed publications last year:
Representing the GenX generation on our Rose Parade® float, Claudia Farfan has cared for her mother for 33 years and is appreciative of the family medical leave benefits her employer offers.
Family caregivers represent all ages, backgrounds, and cultures and serve as unsung heroes in the lives of older loved ones. They deserve recognition for everything they balance in their lives. Their stories also inspire conversations about what people want for their own aging experience.
We will celebrate family caregivers through Hope’s Heroes: Honoring Caregivers of All Generations, a float at the 2020 Rose Parade® presented by Honda. The parade is a beloved New Year’s Day tradition, televised live from Pasadena, Calif. Tune in on January 1, 8 am PT/11 am ET.
A new My Care, My Choice Comparison Chart unpacks the basics of California’s health care coverage choices for dual eligibles.
On September 16, TSF is hosting the invitation-only California Master Plan for Aging Forum: Designing a System Built Around People and Partnerships. Register now to watch Monday’s livestream starting at 9:30 am PT.
California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly, announced the Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee, of which Dr. Chernof and TSF Board Chair Jennie Chin Hansen have been appointed. The committee will advise a Cabinet Workgroup on Aging as it develops the Master Plan, slated for completion by October 1, 2020.
- Read Dr. Chernof’s related Perspectives.
- Watch the recent We Stand With Seniors Capitol briefing.
- Join the new Together We EngAGE Pledge for Action campaign, encouraging all Californians to share ideas for how to build an age-friendly California.
A vast majority of Californians back Governor Newsom’s Executive Order calling for a Master Plan for Aging (Master Plan), according to a new voter poll from We Stand With Seniors.
Seven of 10 voters – nearly half of whom have caregiving experience – want the state to be held accountable for the Master Plan’s investment and implementation. Findings were shared at a Sacramento briefing this morning. See the related infographic.
In a recent Perspectives, Dr. Chernof discussed the importance of designing a Master Plan that reflects what matters most to Californians. Also, read our Master Plan related policy briefs:
- Elements of the Executive Order
- Transforming a Fragmented System Through Statewide Leadership and Coordination
- Examples from Other States and Relevant California Efforts
We’ve been in the news!
- TSF’s Gretchen Alkema spoke to The Sacramento Bee about the need for more coordination across state services.
Dr. Chernof spoke on a Master Plan for Aging panel convened by KPCC’s AirTalk.
Governor Newsom called for the development of a California Master Plan for Aging. Read our overview of the Executive Order. Hear more from TSF’s Sarah Steenhausen, who spoke at the State of Reform conference.
- Get Dr. Chernof’s perspective.
- Learn how the Master Plan can transform California’s currently fragmented system.
- Review details of other states’ master plans.
- Spread the word about the Master Plan using the We Stand With Seniors toolkit!
We Stand With Seniors (WSWS), our partnership with West Health to educate state leaders on the need for a comprehensive, coordinated Master Plan for Aging, commends Governor Newsom’s Executive Order. It is a “historic step in recognizing and addressing the immediate need to ensure all Californians can age with dignity and independence.” Spread the word about the Master Plan using the WSWS toolkit.
Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-14-19, calling for the development of a Master Plan for Aging. It outlines the framework for a Master Plan process, with a deadline of October 1, 2020. In Dr. Chernof’s Perspectives, he discusses the importance of designing a Master Plan that reflects what matters most to Californians.
Also, read our #MasterPlan4Aging policy briefs:
- California’s Master Plan for Aging: Transforming a Fragmented System Through Statewide Leadership and Coordination
- Developing California’s Master Plan for Aging: Examples from Other States and Relevant California Efforts
Researchers at University of California, San Francisco released a new report about the experiences of California’s Medicare-Medicaid enrollees between 2015-18. Cal MediConnect beneficiaries reported higher levels of confidence and continuity of care, but key differences remain by county, race, language, and disability levels.
Congratulations to you and Governor Pence for your election win after a hard-fought campaign.
You are inheriting an aging nation with a crumbling infrastructure—not worthy of the honor and respect that older Americans deserve. It is time to modernize our ideas and actions toward aging and health care, so that older Americans can get the right care at the right time for the right cost.
Here are five action items for you to lead the way on making America great for older citizens.