Aging Resources for California Elders

Did you know that by the year 2030 one out of every six people in the United States will be over the age of 60? This means that creating an aging-friendly world is more important than ever! Everyone is responsible for ensuring our world is prepared to adequately care for every citizen as they age. A huge portion of that responsibility often falls on the individual states to create programs that encourage citizens to get involved. In California, there are a number of aging resources for elders to take advantage of. 

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California Public Utilities Commission

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is a completely under utilized service that provides communication help for elders across the state. As you age, you might experience difficulty hearing, speaking, or simply using technology. That’s where the CPUC comes in. They provide specialized telephone equipment through their Deaf and Disabled Telecommunication Program. They also offer discounts for telephone services and help in getting everything set up.

Volunteers

Caregivers don’t need to be alone in the care of a loved one and elder Californians can get companionship through volunteers! California’s volunteer program matches volunteers to the state programs that need their specific talents. If you’re feeling called to volunteer your time or if you’re looking for programs that match volunteers to your needs, check out the California Volunteers website!

Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission 

California’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) provides mental health services for all ages, including a veteran’s crisis line. They also provide recovery services and strategy development to combat the increasing mental health crisis. This is a great resource for elders who might be experiencing neglect, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues that develop as you age. 

State Parks Golden Bear Pass

Getting out into nature is a great way to stay active, improve mental health, and find community. California is home to a huge number of fantastic state parks that provide a number of opportunities to elderly citizens who want to stay active and get outside. If you are 62-years-old or older then you qualify for the Golden Bear Pass which provides free vehicle day-use to over 200 state parks!

The work we do now to create our aging-friendly world will benefit us all in the future! If you are taking care of a loved one or if you are looking for resources for yourself, take advantage of everything the great state of California has to offer!

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