This is a complete list of where to find California senior services, aging information, area agencies on aging, and related links.
With nearly 40 million residents, California is the largest state by population. It has a median age of 36.5, which is younger than the United States’ median age of 38.1. However, 14.8% of the population is over the age of 65 and an additional four million senior citizens are projected to be added to the population of California by 2030. 11.8% of the entire population lives in poverty, compared to 10.5% of the senior citizen population.
93.9% of California’s senior citizens have a dedicated healthcare provider and there are 23.3 geriatric providers per 100,000 elderly Californians. However, 3.7% of senior citizens in California avoided seeking medical care because of concerns about its cost. 12.8% of senior citizens in California have also experienced food insecurity.
Only 21.3% of Californians over the age of 65 report getting regular exercise and the obesity rate for the state’s senior population is 23.3%.
With nearly 6.5 million enrollees, California alone accounts for about 10% of the United States’ Medicare enrollees. Only 12.5% of those enrollees are eligible due to disability; the rest have qualified for coverage by being over the age of 65.
As such a large state, both geographically and population-wise, it makes sense that California has a large number of Area Agencies on Aging – 33 of them, in fact. If you’re a senior citizen in California looking for assistance or social programs, the Area Agency on Aging for your region is a great first place to look. We have included links to the Area Agencies on Aging below, as well as links to government programs and other organizations.
California senior programs are readily available – if you know where to look. We hope these resources are helpful to seniors and caregivers alike.
Area Agencies on Aging
- State Map of Planning Service Areas (PSAs) (.pdf)
- PSA #1 – serving Del Norte & Humbolt Counties
- PSA #2 – serving Lassen, Siskiyou, Shasta, Modoc & Trinity Counties
- PSA #3 – serving Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Plumas & Tehama Counties
- PSA #4 – serving Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yuba & Yolo Counties
- PSA #5 – serving Marin County
- PSA #6 – serving San Francisco County
- PSA #7 – serving Contra Costa County
- PSA #8 – serving San Mateo County
- PSA #9 – serving Alameda County
- PSA #10 – serving Santa Clara County
- PSA #11 – serving San Joaquin County
- PSA #12 – serving Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa & Tuolumne Counties
- PSA #13 – serving Santa Cruz & San Benito Counties
- PSA #14 – serving Fresno & Madera Counties
- PSA #15 – serving Kings and Tulare Countie
- PSA #16 – serving Mono & Inyo Counties
- PSA #17 – serving Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo Counties
- PSA #18 – serving Ventura County
- PSA #19 – serving Los Angeles County
- PSA #20 – serving San Bernadino County
- PSA #21 – serving Riverside County
- PSA #22 – serving Orange County
- PSA #23 – serving San Diego County
- PSA #24 – serving Imperial County
- PSA #25 – serving Los Angeles City
- PSA #26 – serving Lake & Mendocino Counties
- PSA #27 – serving Sonoma County
- PSA #28 – serving Napa & Solona Counties
- PSA #29 – serving El Dorado County
- PSA #30 – serving Stanislaus County
- PSA #31 – serving Merced County
- PSA #32 – serving Monterey County
- PSA #33 – serving Kern County
State Associations and Non-Profits
- AARP of California
- Alzheimer’s Association:
- Association for Adult Day Services
- Center on Aging – UCLA
- California Association of Health Facilities
- Foundation for Independent Living Centers
- Hospice and Palliative Care
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program – established in each state by the Older Americans Act to enhance the quality of life, improve care, protect rights, and promote the dignity of residents in a long-term care facility.
- Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services – University of California, Berkeley