Resource Links

Sequester Hurts the Most Vulnerable (May 2013)

Nick Beamer calls on Congress “to change course and reach a better compromise that: makes investments, not cuts, in cost-effective home and community-based services and supports; and provides for flexibility, not a one-size-fits-all approach to funding cuts.” Nick Beamer is the president of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and executive director of Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington.

Struggling to Get By: The Real Cost Measure in California in 2015

United Ways of California’s report on poverty includes a section on seniors in California. Using the Elder Index, the authors found that almost 1 in 3 (31%) of seniors in California are struggling to meet basic costs of living.

The Hidden Poor: Over Three-Quarters of a Million Older Californians Overlooked by Official Poverty Line

This policy brief uses the most recent Elder Index calculations to document the wide discrepancy that exists between the FPL and the Elder Index. This study finds that the FPL significantly underestimates the number of economically insecure older adults who are unable to make ends meet.

The California Poverty Measure: A New Look at the Social Safety Net

“A joint project of the Public Policy Institute of California and the Stanford University Center on Poverty and Inequality, the CPM is part of a national effort to measure poverty in a more comprehensive way. It incorporates the changes in costs and standards of living since the official poverty measure was devised in the early 1960s—and accounts for geographic differences in the cost of living across the state. It also factors in tax credits and in-kind assistance that can augment family resources and subtracts medical, commuting, and child care expenses. ”

PBS NewsHour: Hungry seniors have doubled since 2001

4 percent of Californians live at or below the federal poverty threshold: a total of 6.25 million people. Using the Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in costs such as housing, the figure jumps to 24.3 percent, the nation’s highest poverty rate.

Adult Day Care Information
Find information on adult day care centers, plus a directory of centers across the nation.

California Collaborative Resources
Find over 35 organizations involved in improving the lives of older adults and people with disabilities in the State of California.

California Health & Human Services Agency: Olmstead Advisory Committee
In 2005, California established the Olmstead Advisory Committee to ensure the involvement of people with disabilities and other system stakeholders in making recommendations on actions to improve California’s long term care system.  The committee​​ represent consumers, family members, providers and advocates.

California State Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care
Find information on the newly created Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care

National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center
The center provides support, technical assistance and training to the 53 State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs and their statewide networks of almost 600 regional (local) programs. Find recent news, directory of topics and issues associated with the center, and a library of reports.

US Dept. of Health & Human Services: Long Term Care Information
Find services, get information on costs of care in your state, resource links, and links to the state Medicaid program.  There are facts and other information on why its important to save for long-term care.

US Senate Special Committee on Aging
Established in 1961, the special committee studies issues, conducts oversight of programs, and investigates reports of fraud and waste.  Throughout its existence, the Special Committee on Aging has served as a focal point in the Senate for discussion and debate on matters relating to older Americans.