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What's New . . . September 19, 2019

It's National Adult Day Services Week!
September 15-21, 2019

Let's celebrate! Follow CAADS on Facebook and Twitter (links above), watch for posts, and share what your program / center is doing to celebrate.


Over 100 Organizations Outline Priorities for Master Plan for Aging

SEPT 18, 2019 | Justice in Aging

California has embarked on developing a Master Plan for Aging – an ambitious and crucial undertaking to address the needs of California’s older adults today and for generations to come. To inform the planning process, over 100 organizations submitted a letter this week to the California Health and Human Services Agency outlining high-level priorities the Master Plan should address.

With California’s population of older adults expected to almost double over the next twenty years from 5.4 million to 10.3 million, the priority letter endorses a Master Plan centered on equity with clear and actionable priorities to ensure dignity and justice for all Californians as we age. Read the letter.

The Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee had its first meeting yesterday to kick off the planning process. Both Justice in Aging’s Executive Director, Kevin Prindiville, and board member, Fernando Torres-Gil are on the committee and participated.

Justice in Aging has also laid out a set of principles that we will continue to advocate for throughout the planning process. Incorporating these principles into the Master Plan would help those Californians who are struggling the most, while strengthening all families and communities.


Jennifer Kent, Director of the California Department of Health Care Services, Resigns

Announced SEPT 10, 2019 | Questions: Please contact Christin Hemann, CAADS Executive Director (Contact information available below.)


The Care Agenda: Expanding CA’s Long-term Supports and Services (LTSS) for All Town Halls with CA legislators and with other coalition partners | CADA LTSS Benefits Explainer

Announced SEPT 5, 2019 | CA Aging and Disability Alliance (CADA)

You're invited!

Who are we?
We are organizations of seniors, people with disabilities and family caregivers as well as homecare workers. We include members of the Grassroots Committee of the CA Aging and Disability Alliance (CADA) and the CA Care Council.

What are these events?
These are public forums to share our stories of Long-term Services and Supports (LTSS), educate our policy makers, and deepen our unity to win a new social insurance program to help all Californians afford the Long-term Services and Supports- including Longterm Care- we need to live and age with dignity.

Please join us at a LTSS Town Hall near you. Confirmed locations and dates include:

  • San Fernando Valley/Los Angeles:
  • Date: September 16, 2019
  • Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • Location: Temple Beth Hillel
  • 12326 Riverside Dr, Valley Village CA 91607
  • (Flyer attached)
  • Bay Area:
  • Date: September 19, 2019
  • Time: 9:45am-12pm
  • Location: SF Main Library, The Koret Auditorium
  • 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102
  • (Facebook event and flyer attached)
  • Orange County:
  • Date: October 9, 2019
  • Time: 3:15pm-4:30pm
  • Location: The Great Wolf Lodge
  • 12681 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840

*Refreshments provided and interpretation & other accommodations provided upon request. RSVP and accommodation requests HERE for all of the Town Halls.


California’s Master Plan for Aging - First meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Announced SEPT 4, 2019 | California Master Plan for Aging Team
Meeting Materials

Dear Stakeholders,

Thank you for your interest in the development of California’s Master Plan for Aging! The first meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for this effort will be on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The meeting agenda, materials, and call-in information will be available in advance on the California Health and Human Services Agency WEBSITE.

You may attend the meeting on September 17 in-person or via conference call. Please visit CHHS’ website for further information.

For questions or comments, or to added or removed from this distribution list, email

Thank you for your interest in California’s Master Plan for Aging!


California Legislature passes transparency bill aimed at Kaiser

AUG 27, 2019 | Modern Healthcare | FULL ARTICLE

Kaiser Permanente may face a new California transparency law targeted at its finances. The state Legislature passed a union-sponsored BILL that would force each of the health system's facilities to disclose its profits.

The state Legislature sent the bill to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk on Monday, where he has 12 days from receiving it to sign it into law. A spokesperson for Newsom said the governor is still evaluating the legislation.

Under the bill, Kaiser would have to change how it releases financial information. Currently the health system lumps the data together for its 35 hospitals in the state, segmenting it only by those in Northern and Southern California. Click HERE to read the full article.


Cal Duals Coordinated Care Initiative
Monthly Update: August 2019

AUG 27, 2019 | Cal Duals

The Cal Duals Coordinated Care Initiative Monthly Update: August 2019 is now available.


Tell the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service to protect SNAP for older adults and their families

AUG 27, 2019 | Justice in Aging | CALL TO ACTION

The Trump Administration has proposed a new rule that would restrict broad-based categorical eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This dangerous proposal would take away vital food and nutrition from 3 million people, including over 600,000 seniors.

Specifically, the proposed rule eliminates the state option to use Broad Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE), which is currently used by over 40 states to waive restrictive asset tests and ease administrative burdens. Congress rejected this proposed change by removing it from the last year’s Farm Bill, but now the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is trying to limit SNAP eligibility through regulations.

Use the National Council on Aging’s comment portal to send a personalized comment opposing this proposed rule today! Organizations can submit comments on Additional resources available at the bottom of the full notice.

The 60-day public comment period ends on September 23.


Ca. Dept. of Aging has a brand new newsletter, Aging Matters!

AUG 26, 2019 | CA Dept. of Aging (CDA) | NEWSLETTER

Welcome to the CDA Newsletter!

In this issue, you’ll read about CDA’s new Acting Director, California’s Master Plan for Aging, how nutrition programs improve health and well-being, and more. Click below to read.



Comcast Announces Expansion of Low Cost Internet Service; Low Income People with Disabilities Will Benefit


Last week Comcast announced eligibility changes to their Internet Essentials program. The program provides low cost internet services to low-income households who might otherwise not have access. No doubt many households which include people with disabilities will qualify. To be eligible, applicants simply need to show they are participating in one or more of a dozen different federal assistance programs, including Medicaid, SNAP, and SSI. This expansions means that reduced cost internet access will now be available to all qualified low-income households within the Comcast service area.

To apply for the service visit


California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly makes appointments to Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee


CAADS is thrilled to announce that President & CEO Debbie Toth of Choice in Aging (CiA) has been appointed to California’s Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee! Governor Gavin Newsom announced in January his intention to create a Master Plan for Aging, in June he signed an Executive Order calling for the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency to convene a cabinet level workgroup to advise in the development of the Master Plan on Aging by October 1, 2020. This diverse group of stakeholders with varying expertise and experiences will help to develop components of the Master Plan,including best practices and data metrics, to guide the work of state government, local communities, private organizations and philanthropy to build environments that promote an age friendly California.

CAADS sends a heartfelt congratulations to all of the Secretary’s newly appointed committee members! You can see the full list of committee members here.

Dr. Ghaly also announced the launch of a public engagement campaign, Together We ENGAGE. Dr. Ghaly is calling on all Californians to share their ideas and suggestions on how we can collectively build an age-friendly California.

“Engaging Californians in a conversation about how we build an age-friendly California is critically important to the development of the Master Plan,” said Dr. Ghaly. “I urge Californians to submit a pledge to engage with us and share their ideas.”

Complete the Pledge for Action, here.



August 13, 2019 | CA Dept. of Social Services (CDSS) | PIN 19-09-CCLD

PIN 19-09-CCLD provides information to providers on the new process for signing up to receive Quarterly Updates, Provider Information Notices (PIN) and other important information from the department.,

A sign up button is located on the Community Care Licensing, Quarterly Updates, and PIN pages. You can sign up on our website by clicking on the “Receive Important Updates” button on the right side of either page.


Governor's Task Force on Alzheimer's (Disease) Prevention and Preparedness

AUG 9, 2019 | Ca. Health & Human Services (CHHS) | ANNOUNCEMENT

We are living in a time of historic demographic change, and California has the largest aging population in the nation. As Governor Newsom stated in his first State of the State Address, “The Golden State is getting greyer. We need to get ready for the major demographic challenge headed our way.”

By 2030, the U.S. Census Bureau has estimated that approximately one in five Californians will be 65 or older. The population aged 60 years and over in California is expected to grow more than three times as fast as the total population in the state. As the population grows, it will also grow diverse, with different populations having different needs.

These statistics remind us how important it is to tackle the policy, economic, and health challenges for those with age-related brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and for those who love and care for them.

The purpose of this task force is to present recommendations to the Governor on how local communities, private organizations, businesses, government, and families can prevent and prepare for the rise in the number of cases of Alzheimer’s Disease and all its consequences – and to navigate a path forward to combat this disease in a time of historic demographic change.

To find out more about the task force and the members you can find the complete announcement HERE.



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ALE is excited to share with you two just published research articles that examine the outcomes from ALE’s Community Based Health Home (CBHH) Project

AUG 2, 2019 | Alliance for Leadership and Education | Annoucement

This project began in 2012 with a generous grant from the SCAN Health Plan Community Giving Foundation and furthered advanced with funding from the Thomas J. Long Foundation. As California progressed toward early adoption of the Affordable Care Act health home option, ALE proactively created the first in the nation CBHH model built upon the interdisciplinary adult day health care (ADHC) program

  1. Racial Disparities in Nutritional Risk among Community-Dwelling Older Adults in Adult Day Health Care - Tina R. Sadarangani, Lydia Missaelides, Gary Yu, Chau Trinh-Shevrin & Abraham Brody, Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics.

  2. A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of a Nurse-Led Community-Based Health Home for Ethnically Diverse Older Adults With Multimorbidity in the Adult Day Health Setting - Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice by Sadarangani, T., Missaelides, L., Eilertsen, E., Jaganathan, H., & Wu, B. (2019)
Congratulations to Tina and Lydia, excellent work!


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Learn more and DONATE today -- thank you!


California Association for Adult Day Services, a 501 (c) 6 non-profit grassroots-driven organization, advocates for the growth and development of adult day services in California and nationally. Centers in membership with CAADS provide innovative day programs that support individuals with physical or mental disabilities and older adults with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
Learn more about CAADS


ALE logoThe Alliance for Leadership and Education (A.L.E.) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit arm of CAADS. Its mission is to advance innovation and quality in Adult Day Service through research and analysis, education and training, and leadership for the benefit of consumers and their caregivers.

Lydia Missaelides

Lydia Missaelides, MHA
Executive Director of the Alliance for Leadership and Education



CAADS is a proud member of the National Adult Day Services Association.

California representatives currently serving on the NADSA Board of Directors:

Corinne Jan, RN, PHN (NADSA Chair)
CEO, Family Bridges / Hong Fook Centers

Lydia Missaelides, MHA (NADSA Treasurer)
Executive Director of the Alliance for Leadership and Education

Amanda Sillars, MSW, LCSW
CEO, Total ADHC Solutions, Inc.
Thousand Oaks


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Voices: How Should California Address The Needs Of Its Aging Population?
California Healthline
By Anna Almendrala and Ana B. Ibarra
SEPT 17, 2019

Assemblymember Holden Scores Early Victories for People with Developmental Disabilities
The Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley Journal
AUG 29, 2019

New California Alzheimer’s task force led by Maria Shriver has a high-profile lineup
The Sacramento Bee
By Cathie Anderson
AUG 9, 2019

State Lawmakers Eye Federal Dollars To Boost Mental Health Counseling By Peers
Kaiser Health News
By Rob Waters
JUL 1, 2019

A silver wave? California braces for elderly boom that could overburden state
The Sacramento Bee
Mila Jasper and Phillip Reese
JUN 14, 2019

For Help With Long-Term Care Costs, Look To The States
Chris Farrell, Contributor | Next Avenue Contributor Group
MAY 10, 2019

Understanding Loneliness In Older Adults — And Tailoring A Solution
Kaiser Health News
Judith Graham
MAR 14, 2019

A Growing American Crisis: Who Will Care for the Baby Boomers?
Jay Newton-Small
FEB 15, 2019

Gavin Newsom Calls For ‘Master Plan On Aging’ In California
Capital Public Radio
Chris Nichols
FEB 15, 2019



OPINION: Why It’s Time for More Big Foundations to Fund Aging
SEPT 11, 2019
Next Avenue
By Paul Hogan
aging in place | caregiving | mental health and well-being | long-term care finance | housing and assisted living | elder fraud

Why the Time is Right for Bolder Adult Day Programs in Senior Living
SEPT 10, 2019
Senior Housing News
By Tim Regan
adult day program | adult day services | supervised daytime care | NADSA | adult day centers | adult day model | affordability

End Stage Alzheimer’s: What to Expect and How to Build Resiliency
SEPT 3, 2019
Being Patient
By Lecia Bushak
alzheimers | alzheimers stages | end stage alzheimers | caregiver resiliency | person-centered approach | mayo clinic

Getting food stamps to poor Californians is surprisingly difficult
SEPT 2, 2019
The Fresno Bee
By Jackie Botts and Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado
calfresh eligibility | food stamps | public social services | food assistance program | safety net programs | calfresh staffing levels

Why America Is Failing To Feed Its Aging
AUG 28, 2019
By Laura Ungar & Trudy Leiberman (Kaiser Health News)
hunger among seniors | food insecurity | SNAP | Meals on Wheels | malnutrition | meal delivery program

Gold Coast Health Plan reports $51.9 million loss for 2019
AUG 27, 2019
Ventura County Star
By Tom Kisken
Gold Coast Health Plan | medi-cal managed care | California Department of Health Care Services | rising medical costs

Why Frailty Isn’t Inevitable and How to Prevent It - Health care experts now see it as a medical condition
AUG 26, 2019
Next Avenue
By Liz Seegert
frailty | age-related muscle loss | older adult friendly exercise | prevention advice

'There was no hope': Treatable disease often mistaken for Alzheimer's
AUG 25, 2019
Thrive Global
By Robin Levinson-King
Alzheimer's misdiagnosis | normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) | degenerative illnesses

Aging with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
AUG 23, 2019
Thrive Global
By Robert J Winn
intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) | disparities in healthcare | life expectancy

The Joy of Dementia (You’ve Got to Be Kidding!)
AUG 23, 2019
Home News Here
By Ryan Laroche
dementia | education | therapy | Mary Fridley | Susan Massad

Pacific Business Group on Health, L.A. Care initiative saves $345M in California
AUG 21, 2019
By Paige Minemyer
primary care | payor-provider collaboration | healthcare costs | L.A. Care Health Plan | Pacific Business Group on Health | Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) | quality

Power shutoffs could prevent wildfires, but at what cost to the elderly and disabled?
AUG 18, 2019
L.A. Times
By Taryn Luna
power shutoffs | planned power outages | medical baseline programs | at-home medical equipment | at-risk communities

How can We help the Elderly in Our Community: Elderly’s Role In Society
AUG 12, 2019
The Mighty
By Veer
generational interdependency | social bonding | opportunities for the elderly

Acknowledging the Emotions of Parenting a Child With Disabilities
AUG 10, 2019
The Mighty
By Sue Rutan Donald
lifelong caregivers | cues in demeanor | adult day care

How Exercise Lowers the Risk of Alzheimer’s by Changing Your Brain
AUG 9, 2019
By Alice Park
aging brain | exercise counters cognitive decline | biological processes | Alzheimer's-related brain changes

Accelerating research on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias: NIH's FY 2021 bypass budget and progress report
AUG 7, 2019
National Institute on Aging
By Richard Hodes, Director, Office of the Director

Financial Relief Available For Dementia Victims, Families Say Experts
AUG 6, 2019
By Ted Knutson
financial relief | dementia victims | women's institute for a secure retirement | WISER | long-term services and support | medicare advantage special needs plan

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More younger people forced to step into caregiver role amid earlier Alzheimer's diagnoses

Millinial Caregivers
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Why are women more likely to age in poverty?

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