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.
Medicare Open Enrollment Has Been Extended for Californians Impacted by Major November Fires
While the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period nationwide ended December 7th, because the November California fires occurred during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period, the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have authorized a Special Enrollment Period for people impacted by the recent fires. Open Enrollment is the timeframe each year when individuals on Medicare can change their selected health insurer.
For impacted Medicare beneficiaries in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, the Special Enrollment Period has been extended to March 31, 2019.
This Special Enrollment Period is also available to people with Medicare who don’t live in the affected counties but rely on or help make health care decisions for family or friends who are/were living in the impacted areas.
If you need assistance with Medicare enrollment or your rights under Medicare, you can contact the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) at 1-800- 434-0222.
HICAP provides free and objective information and counseling about Medicare insurance issues for California residents.
- California Disaster Help and Information Center
- California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Annual Report Federal Fiscal Year 2017
Designation of New Area Agency on Aging Serving Napa and Solano Counties
On September 17, 2018, the California Department of Aging designated the County of Solano as the lead agency for the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) serving Napa and Solano Counties. The new AAA will operate under a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement between the two counties.
The California Department of Aging will continue to work with and provide funding to the current service providers in both counties through emergency contracts until December 31, 2018. At that point the new AAA will assume those responsibilities.
Designation of New MSSP Site Serving Napa and Solano Counties
On September 24, 2018, the California Department of Aging announced that Choices in Aging had been awarded the contract to operate the Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) in Napa and Solano Counties. Choices in Aging also serves MSPP clients in Contra Costa County.
- CalMedi Connect Dementia Initiative Recognized at SCAN Summit in Sacramento
National Employ Older Workers Week (NEOWW) – September 23-29, 2018
The U.S. Department of Labor’s, Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) sponsors the NEOWW which highlights the value of hiring older workers. This year’s NEOWW theme is “Their Knowledge, Their Skills, Their Abilities – Why Not Hire an Older Worker?” For more information, see the CDA SCSEP webpage.
- California State Plan on Aging – 2017-2021
- California Property Tax Postponement Program
Recent State Legislation
Each year legislation is proposed that may impact older adults and persons with disabilities. Review what has been proposed here.
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.