In a few short years, one in four Arizonans will be over the age of 60. In preparation for this significant demographic shift, Executive Order 2004-07 was issued a decade ago. Called Aging 2020, it required fourteen state agencies to develop and implement plans to address the aging of Arizona's population. The agencies drafted their plans and between November 2004 and March 2005, the Governor's Office conducted 40 public forums across the state to gather input from Arizona citizens regarding the plans. After incorporating that input, the plans were finalized into Aging 2020. Click here to view the original plan. Updates from previous years can be found here: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009-2010, 2008, 2007, 2006.
Since 2004, state agencies have worked to incorporate Aging 2020 goals and objectives into their strategic planning, collaborated to improve quality of care for seniors, developed effective educational and outreach programs for older Arizonans and their caregivers, and created volunteer opportunities for retired state employees and other mature workers resulting in cost savings. Recently, the Aging 2020 group worked to refine objectives and strategies to mirror changing needs of both agencies and communities served and develop new partnerships to strengthen collaborations all in an effort to keep momentum going forward during times of limited funding.
Because of shared goals and in an effort to avoid duplication and improve efficiencies, it was proposed by the Governor’s Office on Aging that the Aging 2020 state agency partners engage in the work of the State Plan on Aging. That transition is underway and will be a part of future reporting to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging whose statutory responsibilities include monitoring the federally-mandated State Plan on Aging.
The transition to the 2015-2018 State Plan on Aging is intended to ensure continued collaboration between state agencies and the most efficient effort to address issues affecting older Arizonans. As we begin this transition, we’re pleased to be one of few states if not the only state to widely engage state agencies in the State Plan on Aging.