L.A. County Considering New Department for Seniors

Los Angeles County supervisors took a step toward creating a new department dedicated solely to seniors Tuesday. In a unanimous vote, they directed staff to explore the feasibility of such a plan. The new department might be called Seniors Advancing Gracefully Everywhere (SAGE) or something along those lines.

The motion was introduced by Janice Hahn, who also spearheaded the recent launch of a missing seniors task force and subsequent tracking program. Hahn said a senior services department would allow the county to get proactive on a number of issues facing L.A.’s aging population, from homelessness and housing to health care, caregiving, and even social isolation prevention efforts.

The stats are difficult to ignore. The population of U.S. seniors is predicted to outnumber children for the first time ever by 2030. California will not be immune. Over the next seven years, the number of Californians aged 65 and up will increase by 2.1 million, compared to just half a million for Californians 25 to 64 and a scant 2,500 for those under 25.