About CDA

Welcome to the California Department of Aging

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.

Our Mission

The Department's mission is to promote the independence and well-being of older adults, adults with disabilities, and families through

  • Access to information and services to improve the quality of their lives;
  • Opportunities for community involvement;
  • Support for family members providing care; and
  • Collaboration with other state and local agencies.

Our Vision

The opportunity for every Californian to enjoy wellness, longevity and quality-of-life choices within strong, healthy communities.


Updated March 20, 2019