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Date:9/14/2010

blic programs and allocate funding for other programs. It is also used as an evaluation measure when determining program effectiveness. Yet unlike the Edler Index, the FPL is the same dollar amount across the country, and it is based on the cost of food alone.

Assemblyman Beall and Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada (DDavis), chair of the Assembly's Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, will present the new Elder Index data at a legislative and press briefing today at the state Capitol from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Hearing Room 112. Interview opportunities will immediately follow the briefing.

As the FPL's inadequacies have become evident, California leaders across the state are increasingly using the Elder Index to ensure that older Californians have the resources to live with dignity and economic well-being:

  • Sixty percent of the public Area Agencies on Aging in California now use the Elder Index in their strategic plans to help older adults in their efforts to age at home independently.
  • Senior service organizations such as the Senior Community Centers in San Diego, St. Barnabas Senior Center in Los Angeles and the National the Council on Aging are using the Elder Index to determine membership costs for home-care programs, track older adults' progress toward economic stability and quantify the impact of their services.
  • State legislators, such as Assembly members Beall and Yamada, are using the Elder Index to more accurately evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs and plan for future solutions.
  • A national demonstration project launching this month in Los Angeles uses the Elder Index to assess the full array of economic challenges seniors face. This 'ElderConnect' program, a partnership between the Insight Center, the city and county of Los Angeles, and the National Council on Aging, then matches 500 seniors with programs and services that can help them and follows up to ensure that these older adults actual
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Contact: Gwen Driscoll
gdriscoll@ucla.edu
310-794-0930
University of California - Los Angeles
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