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Data Snapshots: Older Adults in California

Older adults are bedrocks of our communities. While California is making great strides building systems that will support older people now and in the future, right now, our state has the highest number of older adults struggling to pay the rent, put food on the table, and access health care. We can do better.
Below the statewide snapshot, the snapshots of selected counties show areas of need to help policymakers target investments toward those communities most impacted by poverty. 

Statewide Overview

Medi-Cal & Medicare

Older adults 65+ who have incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level qualify for both Medi-Cal & Medicare for their health care coverage.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

SSI is a federal income supplement program available to low-income older adults and people with disabilities.

Poverty Levels Using the Elder Index

A new, more accurate standard of measurement gauges income security among California’s older adults and takes into account local cost of living.

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

IHSS provides in-home assistance to eligible older adults and people with disabilities as an alternative to institutional care and enables recipients to remain safely in their own homes.

Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness

Get the Snapshots by County

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