By 2030, the number of adults over age 65 in Los Angeles County is expected to double, reaching nearly 2.1 million. To be able to meet the needs of the region’s rapidly aging population, the City and County of Los Angeles joined forces to launch Purposeful Aging Los Angeles. The initiative is structured around the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly Cities Network
The Purposeful Aging LA initiative is a joint effort between the City and County of Los Angeles to determine the needs of older adults in LA and help identify and resolve gaps in resources.
The Mayor’s Fund worked with funders to support a community needs assessment and the creation of a web portal centralizing all resources and information for older adults in the LA region.
Purposeful Aging LA, a directive from Mayor Garcetti, improves seniors’ quality of life by focusing on their needs across all City departments.
Purposeful Aging LA initiative uniting public, private, and nonprofit partners to meet the civic needs of an aging populace. Key partners include the Milken Institute, AARP California, County of L.A. Community and Senior Services, the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, and the UCLA Los Angeles Community Academic Partnership for Research in Aging.
With support from MFLA, the City’s Purposeful Aging Task Force coordinates departments to consider issues like impaired physical mobility, diminished sensory awareness, and economic limitations. Current action items include a citywide survey and a needs assessment to identify more ways to make L.A. welcoming to seniors of all backgrounds.