Wednesday, 5 April 2017

OC Cities and Community Leaders Unite to Enhance the Aging Experience for our Senior Population

The Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging Addresses Healthcare, Transportation, Food Security, Housing, Elder Abuse Prevention, Social Engagement, Funding and Other Issues

Orange County’s community leaders and cities have united to form the Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging (OCSPA). OCSPA was created to address the challenges facing our rapidly aging population. Within the next 15 years, OC’s senior population will grow by 63%, with Orange County being among the fastest growing aging counties in America.

OCSPA has acknowledged the issues the county’s aging population is facing with growing frequency and has identified 10 key initiatives to improve the lives of older adults within an 18-month timeframe. While there have been multiple efforts to gather data across sectors, this will be the first strategic plan since 1998 to identify the areas of greatest need and coordinate multiple resources to address those needs.

“This is the first time where Orange County will have leaders from different organizations and funders all invested in this type of plan, working collaboratively to move the needle and secure resources for aging adults” said Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, who is among those spearheading the Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging.

We have an opportunity to draw attention to the need for community support and recognition that successful aging is the result of social policies that actively enable older adults to remain active and engaged. “It is important for Orange County’s philanthropic community to understand the impact of our changing demographics and how important the role of philanthropy is in meeting the needs of our older adult population” explains Todd Hanson, Vice President of Orange County Community Foundation’s Center for Engaged Philanthropy. With that thought in mind, an awareness campaign begins today with the launch of the website www.ocagingplan.org. The site outlines the plan’s 10 key initiatives and will be followed by print, online and social media advertising.

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About the Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging (OCSPA)
The Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging is guided by an ongoing planning body comprised of community leaders: Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Alzheimer’s Orange County, CalOptima, Abrazar, Inc., SeniorServ, Age Well Senior Services, Council on Aging – Southern California, OC Health Care Agency, OC Office on Aging, OC Transportation Authority, Irvine Health Foundation, Hoag Community Benefit, Senior Citizens Advisory Council, Jamboree Housing, Integrity Housing, OC United Way and the Orange County Community Foundation. Cities actively involved in the OCSPA initiative include: Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Tustin, and Westminster.