Planning for the Service Needs of a Growing Aging Population

With a large population of older adults that’s expected to grow to more than 18 percent of its total population by 2030, Los Angeles County created the Purposeful Aging Los Angeles program to prepare for the challenges of caring for an aging community. As part of this initiative, Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services is devising a strategy to implement an action plan for improving the lives of older adults. By making the region more hospitable to an aging population, Los Angeles County hopes to serve as a guide for reimagining city life, not only to meet the needs of older adults, but also to take greater advantage of what they have to offer.

To support this work, FUSE executive fellow Minoli Ratnatunga is conducting gap and funding analyses of current services for older and dependent adults. Using this data, Minoli is providing recommendations on service deployment, budget strategy, and potential funding sources, developing a five-year strategic plan that ensures growing demands for services will be met and helping the county realize its vision of being a truly age-friendly community.