California is the first and only state in the nation to institutionalize the Elder Index through state legislation, AB 138. AB 138 (Elder Economic Planning Act) made the Elder Index the standard for measuring seniors’ economic security in California. It requires state and local aging agencies to use the Elder Index to craft more effective programs and policies in planning for California’s growing aging population.
  • California legislators use the Elder Index to craft more effective state and local programs for older adults.
    • At the request of the Senate Budget Committee, the Legislative Analyst’s Office used the Elder Index to evaluate benefit levels and proposed cuts to the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI) in 2008.
  • Public agencies and local governments use the Elder Index to plan programs and allocate resources for today's seniors and aging baby boomers in their local communities.
    • Area 4 Agency on Aging in Sacramento uses the Elder Index in their Assets‐Ability Matrix, a risk measurement tool to identify the relative risk of dependency that is caused by the combination of physical impairment and economic need.
  • Philanthropic Foundations use the Elder Index to identify vulnerable populations and measure the impact of their investments.
    • The California Wellness Foundation reported on the collective impact of their grantees’ work in advocating for the passage of AB 138 in their 2011 Annual Report.
  • Direct service providers use the Elder Index to help them accurately evaluate senior needs, measure impact, and seek additional funding.
  • Advocates use the Elder Index to make the case for the importance of senior support programs to policymakers, the press, and community stakeholders.
    • California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) advocated for the state adoption of the Elder Index through legislation.
  • Adults of any age use the Elder Index to make informed decisions about when to retire, how much to save, and if they need to work after they formally “retire.”
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