Controller Details Services, Calls for More Strategic Approach to Provide Services for Older Adults
LOS ANGELES – Controller Ron Galperin today released the first comprehensive catalog of services and programs throughout Los Angeles for older adults. The compilation, part of this report on a more strategic approach to providing services for older adults in Los Angeles, includes 242 programs for meals, housing, transportation, caregiving, classes and more throughout 14 City Departments. See the complete chart, broken down by category of service, below.
About 746,000 residents in L.A. are considered older adults (age 60 and beyond). By 2030, that number is expected to climb to more than 1 million. L.A. has worked to address this issue, including in 2016 when the City initiated Purposeful Aging L.A., created in conjunction with the L.A. Department of Aging (LADOA) and more than a dozen City departments to work toward making Los Angeles more “age-friendly.” Their ensuing report was issued to help guide L.A.’s effort over the next three years to enhance the region’s age-friendliness.
What the City currently lacks, however, is a comprehensive list of services and programs in a centralized location to ensure Angelenos are aware of services that are available. Without such a database, disparate pieces of important information can be difficult to find unless one knows where to look. City residents whose lives may be enriched by these programs should have easy access to a single, coordinated source of information about the full array of available resources.
“It’s vital that we do everything we can to serve as many people as we can,” L.A. Controller Ron Galperin said. “Every Angeleno deserves a City that works for them – now and tomorrow. With this database and common sense recommendations, we can get closer to ensuring L.A. is the age friendliest City in America.”
“The Controller’s inventory of services to older adults supports the City’s Purposeful Aging L.A. initiative by beginning the process of identifying the various services and programs the City provides its residents,” said Laura Trejo, General Manager of the Department of Aging. “We appreciate the strides this reports makes and the support it represents on behalf of the City’s older adults.”
The Controller’s report also calls for a more strategic, organized approach and calls on LADOA to detail more opportunities for collaboration with departments and where gaps in service or program redundancies can be overcome.
Please note: The compilation of resources below is intended for informational purposes only and is current as of September 2018. To get more information on these programs & services and for all questions and/or clarifications, please contact the Department of Aging at aging.lacity.org.