Welcome to the Equity in Aging Resource Center

California’s vision of equity in aging is to transform every person’s older years into their golden years. To achieve this vision, the California Department of Aging (CDA) works to ensure that all Californians have access to opportunities and services to age how and where we choose - regardless of age, disability, race, ethnicity, immigration status, religion/faith, income, geography, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, or family status. CDA’s programs, planning, and partnerships aim to do the following:

  1. Expand culturally relevant and accessible services to older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers, and families
  2. Address health and other inequities that can become cumulative as we age; and
  3. combat racism and biases in our aging and disability systems of care.

What is Equity and How Does it Differ from Equality?

Equality is typically defined as giving everyone the same access to services and resources and treating everyone similarly. However, equity refers to ensuring that people have the access and support that they need according to their personal situation

To learn more about equity and equality, we recommend the following short animated video:

Ensuring Equity in Aging Webinar Series

Join the California Department of Aging for a monthly peer-led Ensuring Equity in Aging webinar series featuring national, state, and local leaders! Let's learn together how we can help make our communities a more just place and build a California for ALL Ages. Mark your calendars for every first Wednesday from 10 - 11 a.m. through July 2021.

Webinars will cover a range of topics including how historic and systemic discrimination and internal biases harm the wellbeing of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ, and disabled older adults. Speakers will address how we can work together to address the resulting inequities through culturally responsive policy, program, and service planning.

Starts Wednesday, November 4th! The series will kick off on November 4th, from 10 -11 a.m. with a focus on Ensuring Equity with Tribal Elders featuring April McGill of the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health and Kori Novak of Toiyabe Indian Health Project.

Register for the Tribal Elders webinar here!

Ensuring equity in aging webinar series. Peer-led discussions and insights on serving older adults in culturally responsive ways. 
                Series launches Nov 4, 2020 #CaliforniaForAllAges

Articles on Equity in Aging

A list of ageism resources
Resource Description Link
Justice in Aging Health Equity - Ensuring programs and services are delivered without discrimination https://www.justiceinaging.org/health-equity/
American Society on Aging Equity and Social Determinants of Health Among Older Adults https://www.asaging.org/blog/equity-and-social-determinants-health-among-older-adults
The Case for Racial Equity in Aging has Never Been Stronger https://www.asaging.org/blog/case-racial-equity-aging-has-never-been-stronger
The Challenge of Intersectionality https://www.asaging.org/blog/challenge-intersectionality
Navigating the Patchwork of Civil Rights Protection for Older Adults https://www.asaging.org/blog/navigating-patchwork-civil-rights-protections-older-adults
Social & Health Disparities in Aging: Gender Inequalities in Long-Term Care https://www.asaging.org/blog/social-and-health-disparities-aging-gender-inequities-long-term-care
American Psychological Association African American Older Adult and Race-Related Stress, How Aging and Health-Care Providers Can Help https://www.apa.org/pi/aging/resources/african-american-stress.pdf
Next Avenue Article: Aging While Black https://www.nextavenue.org/aging-while-black/
The Hill Opinion article by Michael Adams and Peter Kaldes: Anti-Racism & Pro-Aging: A Stonewall Legacy https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/504172-anti-racism-and-pro-aging-a-stonewall-legacy
Stria News Building Toward Age Equity: Three Inter-changing Models https://strianews.com/building-toward-age-equity-three-inter-changing-models/
National Academy of Medicine Transportation Equity, Health, and Aging: A Novel Approach to Healthy Longevity with Benefits Across the Lifespan https://nam.edu/transportation-equity-health-and-aging-a-novel-approach-to-healthy-longevity-with-benefits-across-the-life-span/
The Gerontologist Healthy Ageing: Raising Awareness of Inequalities, Determinants, and What Could be Done to Improve Health Equity https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article/56/Suppl_2/S178/2605347
LGBT Aging Center Serving Diverse Elders: Strategies for Meaningful Inclusion in Service Planning and Delivery https://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/resource.cfm?r=818
YW Boston: Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women YW Boston Blog: What is Intersectionality, and what does it have to do with me? https://www.ywboston.org/2017/03/what-is-intersectionality-and-what-does-it-have-to-do-with-me/
Center for Social Inclusion What is Racial Equity? https://www.centerforsocialinclusion.org/our-work/what-is-racial-equity/#:~:text=Careers-,What%20Is%20Racial%20Equity%3F,makes%20all%20of%20us%20pay.%E2%80%9D
American Journal of Public Health Persons with Disabilities as an Unrecognized Health Disparity Population https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4355692/
George Washington University What is the Difference Between Equity and Equality? https://publichealthonline.gwu.edu/blog/equity-vs-equality/
older adult women wearing a face covering

COVID-19, Older Adults, and Equity

A list of ageism resources
Resource Description Link
Justice in Aging Life at the Intersection: Older Adults Need a Response to COVID-19 Grounded in Equity https://www.justiceinaging.org/life-at-the-intersection-older-adults-need-a-response-to-covid-19-grounded-in-equity/
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Equity Principles for State and Local Leaders in Responding to, Reopening and Recovering from COVID-19 https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2020/05/health-equity-principles-for-state-and-local-leaders-in-responding-to-reopening-and-recovering-from-covid-19.html?cid/
SAGE & Human Rights Campaign Foundation COVID-19 & LGBTQ Older People https://aging.ca.gov/download.ashx?lE0rcNUV0zb5ceoGbv5%2f%2fg%3d%3d
American Public Health Association COVID-19 & Equity https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/communicable-disease/coronavirus/equity
older adult man with toddler sitting on his shoulders, both are smiling

Equity in Aging Tools & Resources

A list of ageism resources
Resource Description Link
Racial Equity Tools Organization offering web-based tools for promoting racial equity https://www.racialequitytools.org/home
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging Health Equity & LGBT People of Color https://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/resource.cfm?r=606
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging Racial Equity Resources https://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/resources.cfm?s=23
Advancing Health Equity Advancing Health Equity: Leading Care, Payment, and System Transformation https://www.solvingdisparities.org/
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Racial Equity Resource Guide http://www.racialequityresourceguide.org/about/glossary
Racial Equity Alliance Advancing Rational Equity and Transforming Government: A resource guide to put ideas into action https://www.racialequityalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/GARE-Resource_Guide.pdf
Human Impact Partners A four-part webinar series with national experts and local health departments to discuss their work to advance health equity. https://humanimpact.org/hipprojects/hegwebinars2017/
California Department of Aging’s California for All Ages page CDA has compiled resources that will help you to be a part of the solution to ageism! Together, we can build a California for All Ages! https://aging.ca.gov/California_For_All_Ages/
Adult man is holding a book in front of an older adult man, reading together on a bench. Older adult man is resting one hand on a walker.

Short Videos on Equity and Equality

A list of ageism resources
Resource Description Link
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Equity vs. Equalitybr /> In the United States, we talk a lot about “equality.” But for all of us to have a fair and just opportunity to live our healthiest lives, we need to talk about “equity.” That means different people might need different things, the same way we need different bicycles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlXZyNtaoDM
Center for Prevention MN Health Equity Animated: Equity vs. Equality
“Equity vs. Equality” explores the difference between the needs of various communities, and how addressing those specific needs requires specific solutions … not just boots, but “boots that fit”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZd4no4gZnc
Center for Prevention MN Health Equity Animated: Zip Code
Where you live, what your zip code is, impacts your health. This video takes a look at two friends who live on “opposites sides of town”. They grow up together, but because of a few miles, their realities and daily struggles couldn’t be further apart.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_GfpuavbIU
Let’s Learn Public Health The Social Determinants of Health: An Introduction
The Social Determinants of Health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live and age. In this video we take a look at the social determinants of health, what they are, how they impact health.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PH4JYfF4Ns
American Public Health Association Disability and Health Equity: Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor at the World Bank Group talks about the biggest challenges facing the disability community. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gar9_cZPcmo
The California Endowment: Health Happens Here A Tale of Two Zip Codes:
When it comes to our health, our zip code matters more than our genetic code.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu7d0BMRt0o
An intergenerational family is sitting on a sofa smiling and playing a board game

Organizations Promoting Equity in Aging

A list of ageism resources
Resource Description Link
Diverse Elders Coalition The Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) advocates for policies and programs that improve aging in our communities as racially and ethnically diverse people; American Indians and Alaska Natives; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people. https://www.diverseelders.org/
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults. https://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/resources/index.cfm?s=1
Justice in Aging Justice in Aging is a national organization that uses the power of law to fight senior poverty by securing access to affordable health care, economic security, and the courts for older adults with limited resources. https://www.justiceinaging.org/
California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity (OHE) The OHE provides a key leadership to reduce health and mental health disparities experienced by vulnerable communities in California. Website includes data, reports, and information to address health equity across California. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OHE/Pages/OfficeHealthEquity.aspx
The National Caucus & Center on Black Aging (NCBA) NCBA is a national organization addressing issues impacting African Americans age 50 & over. https://ncba-aging.org/