We have a variety of resources that may help guide the development of the Hubs & Spokes Network for Aging & Disability. You will find local examples, recommendations, background on the Older American Act, best practices, and local area funding and scenarios for Area Agencies on Aging.

Public Comments & Questions

Local Examples of Aging Hubs & Spokes Approaches


Background on Older Americans Act

Best Practices Research

Local Area & Funding Scenarios for Aging Agencies

Hubs and Spokes Network for Aging and Disability

Banner for Statewide Aging Hubs Initiative

In 1965, the Older Americans Act (OAA) was passed into law by President Lyndon Johnson as a part of the "Great Society" initiative designed to alleviate poverty and injustice among the country's most vulnerable populations. To help millions of aging Americans meet the goal of aging in place, local aging agencies develop and provide older adults with the necessary local services and supports that promote health, independence and safety in their homes and communities.

Flash forward, fifty plus years later, the Nation’s demographics have changed and will continue to change. By 2030, here in California, adults 65 and older will make up 25% of the state’s population, exceeding the population 18 and under for the first time ever and becoming more diverse than ever. As California faces unprecedented demographic changes, these aging services and supports are even more crucial today to individuals, families, and communities than they were five decades ago.

COVID –19 made it more apparent than ever that all California adults and families need easy access to a strong network of aging and disability services to support home and community living as we age. In support of this vision, the Governor’s Master Plan for Aging committed to bold goals and renewed leadership to an age- and disability friendly state, including Initiatives 98 and 101:

  • Build out No Wrong Door statewide for public information and assistance on aging and disability
  • Revisit California’s Area Aging on Agency local leadership structures to meet the growing and changing needs and advance equity

Now, with unprecedented resources proposed at the state and federal level for home and community living as we age, there’s a historic opportunity in aging and adult services to "build back better." To advance these initiatives on leadership in aging together, CDA invites you to participate and engage in our townhall discussions.  The results from our discussions may help inform legislative, regulatory, budgetary, administrative and/or partnership proposals in 2022. Examples of recommendations could be:

  • Modernizing Older Californians Act
  • Changes to California’s map of Planning & Service Areas to align with Hubs & Spokes (currently 33)
  • Revisiting OAA Funding formulas
  • Updating of Local Agency on Aging designation processes with County Board of Supervisors
  • Updates to California’s federal Older American Act Annual Plans (2021-2025), with US HHS ACL
  • Modernizing Older Americans Act with national partners

Engagement Opportunities and Timeline

We want to thank everyone who listened and engaged with CDA, the California Commission on Aging, and the many local organizations during the four regional Hubs and Spokes Network for Aging and Disability Townhalls and three Leadership in Aging webinars. You heard from a handful of local and national experts who shared key opportunities, challenges and recommendations to developing and maintaining a centralized access point for Aging and Disability services. April 20, 2022, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm we will hold a results briefing to share with you the findings of the townhalls and discuss paths forward into 2022 and beyond.

April 20, 2022 - Hubs & Spokes Network for Aging & Disability Results Briefing
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October 12, 2021 – Los Angeles & Southern California Townhall
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October 6, 2021 – Leadership in Aging Webinar
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October 5, 2021 – Townhall hosted by California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, State Independent Living Council, and State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and CDA
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September 28, 2021 – Rural & Remote California Townhall
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September 22, 2021 – Leadership in Aging Webinar
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September 15, 2021 – Leadership in Aging Webinar
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September 14, 2021 – Bay Area & Central Coast Townhall
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August 31, 2021 - October 15 - Hubs & Spokes Survey

August 31, 2021 – Sacramento & Central Valley Townhall
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July 8, 2021 - Stakeholder Engagement Kick-off
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