Welcome to the Department of Aging

...promoting the independence and well-being of older adults, adults with disabilities, and families through

  • Access to information and services to improve the quality of their lives;
  • Opportunities for community involvement; and
  • Support for family members providing care; and
  • Collaboration with other state and local agencies.

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    The California Department of Aging (CDA) administers programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the State. The Department administers funds allocated under the federal Older Americans Act, the Older Californians Act, and through the Medi-Cal program.

    The Department contracts with the network of Area Agencies on Aging, who directly manage a wide array of federal and state-funded services that help older adults find employment; support older and disabled individuals to live as independently as possible in the community; promote healthy aging and community involvement; and assist family members in their vital care giving role. CDA also contracts directly with agencies that operate the Multipurpose Senior Services Program through the Medi-Cal home and community-based waiver for the elderly, and certifies Adult Day Health Care centers for the Medi-Cal program. To find services in your community click here.


    Webinar Materials on Implementing Evidence Based Programs
    On December 15, 2015, CDA hosted a webinar for Area Agencies on Aging and other interested stakeholders to provide resources and answer questions about the new federal requirement that all Older Americans Act Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Title IIID) funding must be used to provide the highest level Evidence Based (EB) programs. Please click here for webinar materials.
    50 Fabulous Older People from 50 States
    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA), CDA partnered with the Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging to nominate Jane Eckels for inclusion in a published collection known as, "50 Fabulous Older People" through the National Association for State Units on Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD). NASUAD and the Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness (CECAI) sought assistance with honoring outstanding older adults who volunteer for and benefit from OAA's programs. Each state unit on aging was asked to nominate an older adult. CDA chose Ms. Eckels to represent the State of California.
    November is National Family Caregivers Month
    This year we celebrate the millions of Americans who serve as unpaid caregivers for their loved ones. In the United States, more than 60 million caregivers provide invaluable strength and assistance to their family members. Many of these dedicated people work full time and raise children of their own while also caring for the needs of their loved ones. This year's theme is "RESPITE: Care for Caregivers."
    Recent State Legislation
    Each year legislation is proposed that may impact older adults and persons with disabilities. Review what has been proposed.
    The Governor Announces a Series of Actions to Help Save Water in California
    Earlier in April, Governor Brown announced the first ever 25 percent statewide mandatory water reductions and a series of actions to help save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient.
    Click here for drought information and outreach materials.
    Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living Promulgates Regulations for the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program:
    The Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living announced on February 10, 2015 that they have released regulations which implement provisions of the Older Americans Act’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. The functions of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program have been delineated in the Act since the Program was added to the law in the 1970s. However, regulations have not been promulgated specifically focused of states’ implementation of the Program, which has led to inconsistency in how states operate it. These regulations are effective on July 1, 2016.
    CDA receives Rosalynn Carter Institute for Leadership in Caregiving Award
    Thursday, October 23, 2014, Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter presented the 2014 Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award to CDA Director, Lora Connolly and Susan Howland, Director of Education for the Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter.
    Home and Community-Based Services Statewide Transition Plan
    The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has released a draft Statewide Transition Plan (STP) as required by new Federal regulations. These new regulations, effective March 17, 2014, establish requirements for settings eligible for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services funding. The draft Statewide Transition Plan, and information on providing input required to finalize the plan, is available on the DHCS website at: www.dhcs.ca.gov.


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volunteers help in aging programs:

Find out more about workshops to help you learn how to better manage your chronic health conditions:

Find out more about new programs that focus on comprehensive, coordinated care for adults who are eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal:

Cal MediConnect

Find out more about the Home and Community-Based Universal Assessment Stakeholder Process:

CCI Universal Assessment Tool

Find out more about the CBAS Home and Community-Based Settings Stakeholder Activities:

Community Based Adult Services

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