January 25, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

County to Form Department to Serve Seniors?

By Staff Writer

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to approve a proposal authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn and co-authored by Sheila Kuehl to explore creating a new Los Angeles County department focused solely on serving the county’s older adult population. 

“Right now – older adults are served in some way or another by most if not all of our County departments,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “All of these efforts are important but they are fragmented and there’s no coordination. We can and we must do better for our growing population of older adults—a population I am proud to belong to!”

Los Angeles County’s population of older adults (60+) is skyrocketing.  The County is already home to a quarter of the State’s older adult population and is expected to hit 3.6 million by 2030.

Currently in Los Angeles County, there is no one department tasked solely with caring for older adults and instead, older adults receive services from most if not every County department. This fragmented approach makes the development of an overarching vision or strategy impossible and makes it harder for older adults to access all of the diverse services they need.

“Not only would a County Department dedicated to Older Adults allow us to coordinate our work, it would also give us the ability to be proactive rather than reactive in addressing this populations’ needs,” continued Supervisor Hahn. “I want LA County to be a place where if you have to grow old, you’ll want to grow old in LA County.”

The motion passed asks for the County’s Chief Executive Officer to report back to the Board in nine months after studying the feasibility of creating a standalone department as well as determining what programs and services for older adults currently being performed by the County could be consolidated in this single department. The motion also proposes working with the City of Los Angeles City Department of Aging to determine whether Los Angeles’ two Area Agencies on Aging could be incorporated in the proposed County Department. Laura Trejo, who testified at the Board meeting on behalf of the City of Los Angeles, expressed Mayor Garcetti’s support of the proposal.

Related Posts

“Love Actually Live” – a Holiday Gift to You at the Wallis

December 23, 2021

December 23, 2021

Dazzling.  Remarkable.  Superb.  Thrilling.  Stunning. Spectacular. Glorious. Sparkling.  Sensational.  Glittering.  Mesmerizing.  Astonishing. Brilliant. Vibrant.  Enthralling.  Enchanting.  Riveting.  Fascinating. Innovative. If...

SMC’s “Broken Layers” Wins Best Student Film at The Emerging Filmmaker Showcase During the 2021 Cannes Film Festival

December 3, 2021

December 3, 2021

“Broken Layers”—a short film written and directed by Santa Monica College (SMC) film student Niccolo Rolim—has won “Best Student Film”...

Santa Monica High School Gets New Mural

November 30, 2021

November 30, 2021

A new mural has come to Santa Monica High School thanks to Beautify Earth, an organization that connects local artists...

Getty Acquires 16th-Century Painting Never Seen by Public

November 17, 2021

November 17, 2021

Jacopo Bassano’s The Miracle of the Quails, 1554, has been rarely seen by scholars and never by the public By...

Día de Los Muertos Community Celebration Coming to Third Street Promenade

October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

Saturday, October 30 from 5 – 10 p.m. By Staff Writer A Día de los Muertos celebration is planned for...

Film Review: Venom: Let There Be Carnage

October 16, 2021

October 16, 2021

Rated PG-13 90 Minutes Released October 1st in Theatres Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a sublimely cathartic experience –...

Closing Celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month Today

October 14, 2021

October 14, 2021

This Friday, October 15, the Santa Monica community is invited to a closing ceremony for Santa Monica’s first Hispanic Heritage...

Sneakertopia Brings the History and Culture of Sneakers to Life

October 12, 2021

October 12, 2021

Sneakertopia is the ultimate expression of art and culture for all things sneakers offering a massive in-person experience paired with...

Review: Ted Lasoo Season 2

September 19, 2021

September 19, 2021

Rated TV-MA 12 30-Minute Episodes Released on Apple TV+, one 30-minute episode each Friday from July 23rd to October 8th...

Santa Monica Partners with McCabe’s Guitar Shop for a Reimagined Annual Concert Series

September 14, 2021

September 14, 2021

Americana in the Park, a New Free Concert Series Launches this September and October By Sam Catanzaro The City of...

Auditions Open for HVS Conservatory’s Inaugural Vocal Program

September 5, 2021

September 5, 2021

Hollywood Vocal Studios and Adreana Gonzalez are proud to announce the founding of Hollywood Vocal Studios (HVS) Conservatory—a post-secondary school...