Morton Kesten 2014-16

Davis School Teams Up with Local Leaders to Make Los Angeles More Age-Friendly

AARPCA_AgeFriendlyLA_FINAL-02The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology has joined forces with the County of Los Angeles Community and Senior Services (CSS), the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, AARP, The Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, and the UCLA Los Angeles Community Academic Partnership for Research in Aging to announce the launch of Purposeful Aging Los Angeles – an innovative, sustained initiative to make the Los Angeles region the most age-friendly in the world.

“I am very pleased that the County of Los Angeles is joining with the City of Los Angeles and leading institutions to launch Purposeful Aging Los Angeles,” said Supervisor Hilda Solis, Chair of the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. “This landmark initiative will unite public and private leadership from across the County to ensure a better future for older adults and Angelenos of all ages. With an older adult population that is rapidly growing, we must prepare our communities for the future of aging in Los Angeles County. As we make our county more age-friendly, we are expanding our shared commitment to the older adults who contribute so much to our communities.”

“Everyone in our dynamic and diverse city contributes to making Los Angeles an incredible place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “That’s why today, we commit ourselves to better understanding and meeting the needs of older Angelenos, a growing population that deserves our attention and respect.”

“As Director of CSS – the County’s lead agency on older adult issues – I could not be more excited to join this distinguished group of leaders to launch Purposeful Aging Los Angeles,” said Cynthia Banks, Director of CSS. “Today we celebrate the first step in our journey towards making the Los Angeles region the most age-friendly in the world.”

Between 2010 and 2030, the older adult population in the Los Angeles region is expected to almost double, from approximately 1.1 million to more than 2.1 million individuals. This unprecedented aging of the region’s diverse population demands bold thinking and action, shared responsibility, and committed public and private sector leadership.

“We are excited about the potential of this collaborative effort to address one of the most important opportunities and challenges of our