by Jeannee Parker Martin, President and CEO, LeadingAge California
And such re-imagining is being noticed in what now have become everyday conversations, every day media posts, and everyday policy discussions. This is the time for older adults in our state, and across the country. The needs of older people are being recognized on every level — from equity, to social isolation, to needs for caregivers, to appropriate housing. In these and many other areas, LeadingAge California has your back — demanding at the highest levels of our state government on behalf of your communities; raising awareness in every conversation about the needs of older adults in our state, the challenges you have in all levels of housing, care and service delivery, the demands you have to be a first-responder while so many overlooked your organization in the distribution line; advocating for leniencies so you could get staff more quickly trained and deployed to your settings; finding funding that has been redirected on your behalf; getting action for rural and urban providers; and not stopping.
We are now poised to turn this challenge into success for our future. For COVID-19 is just one of many disasters our state will confront, and we will be better prepared through data-driven decisions about staff deployment, renewed training, emergency preparedness, and reducing other barriers for housing, care and service providers to succeed.