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Lead Agency: Purposeful Aging Los Angeles
Action Plan Download
The county and city of Los Angeles developed their action plan through their Purposeful Los Angeles (PALA) initiative. The plan aims to integrate a diversity focus to enhance civic participation and employment, improve communication services, and centralize communication with locals. The plan also looks to Increase access to affordable housing with more funding for mixed income developments. PALA also aims to improve transit for residents of all ages and encourage walking and biking through improved signage and vision zero initiative.
Action Plan Highlights
Civic Participation and EmploymentEstablish a pathway to county employment for older workers through an older adult internship program.
Health and Community ServicesDirect all county and city departments to consider dementia-friendly criteria when implementing new programs. Partner with community organizations to develop an alternative to 9-1-1 for older adults reporting non-medical emergencies.
HousingDevelop housing assistance for medium- and low-income older adults that provides services like rent gap assistance, housing repairs, home retrofits and other supports to prevent homelessness and encourage aging in place. Update zoning to incorporate universal design and multigenerational housing.
Progress Report Download
Purposeful Aging Los Angeles (PALA) achieved significant accomplishments in 10 key areas, including coordinated COVID-19 pandemic response, expanded local age-friendly partnerships, reducing the digital divide among older adults, addressing homelessness among older adults, land use policies that support aging-in-place, and employment for older adults. The region also developed a single Area Plan for aging services, created a Los Angeles Aging and Disability Resource Center (LA-ADRC), and implemented dementia-friendly programs. PALA supports initiatives for affordable housing and age-friendly transportation and has served more than 8,000 older adults through workforce development programs, placing more than 5,000 into employment.