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California Voters: ‘Release and Implement the Master Plan for Aging as Part of COVID-19 Response’

Achieving Master Plan goals is the strategy to support older adults and families today

(Sacramento, CA) – Over the past months, the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally shaken the nation’s social, demographic, political, economic, and health care landscapes with more than 4.8 million cases and 157,631 deaths nationally as of August 6. Older adults have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 with people age 65 and older representing nearly 80 percent of COVID-19 related deaths, and people age 85 and older representing 32 percent of deaths.

A recent statewide survey supported by The SCAN Foundation shows that the virus is indeed the most important issue to California voters and yet, a supermajority of all voters (69.3%) decisively support California leadership delivering a Master Plan for Aging this year and presenting its vision for implementation.

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