California Health Report: State Senate to Aging Californians: We Care

By Matt Perry

While the state Assembly has a committee dedicated to aging and long-term care, the State Senate hasn’t had one since it disappeared from the Committee on Health along with termed out sponsor Elaine Alquist at the end of 2012.

That changed last week when the Senate publicly launched a new Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care at an informational hearing at the Glendale Central Library attended by 125 people.

The committee is chaired by Sen. Carol Liu (D-District 25), who requested its creation.

The five-member committee will tackle a seemingly endless series of aging problems dogging California, including the fragmented system of long-term care, the caregiver crisis, new worker training, understanding cultural diversity, and addressing critical issues like mental health, dementia, elder justice, housing, and transportation.

California has the largest number of citizens over 65 in the country. By 2030, nearly 1 in 5 Californians are expected to be over 65.

Besides a lengthy policy discussion, Liu made the issue personal.

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