Los Angeles County is already home to a large population of older adults; by 2030, more than 2 million people — more than 18 percent of the L.A. County population — will be older adults. This wave of demographic change prompted local leaders to create a program called Purposeful Aging Los Angeles (PALA). Working with public- and private-sector leadership, resources, and strategies, PALA distilled its work into a plan based on 34 recommendations called the Age-Friendly Action Plan, which provides a framework for leading a multi-year effort to improve the lives of today’s older adults. Tasked with developing a strategy for implementing these recommendations, L.A. County Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS), more specifically its Area Agency on Aging (AAA), is working to establish an infrastructure and systems that will support an age-friendly future for the region.
To support this work, WDACS will partner with FUSE Executive Fellow Andrew West for one year to implement these recommendations, leading a multi-year effort to improve the lives of today’s older adults, ultimately transforming Los Angeles into one of the most age-friendly areas in the world.