2018 Platform: Seniors

California Democrats continue to recognize the importance and dignity of seniors and that they enrich our everyday experiences.  They connect us with our past and, as the fastest growing age group in the nation, are a strong driving force in our collective future.  We affirm and embrace their continuing contributions and are committed to fostering a strong bond between all generations.  Seniors deserve the highest standard of care from the health care industry and a prescription drug program that provides the medicine they need.  We are committed to protecting senior homeownership and hard-earned pensions as well as the support services and assistance that help seniors maintain independence and a good quality of life.  Seniors must be offered the opportunity to remain in jobs that they have so successfully performed for many years.  We believe that a decent standard of living, adequate nutrition, health care, and other social and economic achievements are human rights.


Pre-seniors, ages 55 through 65, are among those hardest hit by the recent economic downturn and many in the Baby Boom generation have lost the ability to regain financial footing.  They are experiencing salary reductions, but they don't qualify for the same benefits as their elders, such as low-income housing and Medicare.  Forced retirement for those as young as 55 results in the loss of much needed income, future benefits, and additional financial burdens to the Social Security and Medicare systems.


To honor California seniors, California Democrats will:

  • Oppose mandatory retirement;
  • Work for additional retraining for the Baby Boom generation so they can remain in the workforce and extending unemployment, housing, and health care benefits to individuals 55 and older and their immediate families;
  • Push to strengthen Social Security and preserve hard-earned pensions as the bedrock of a dignified retirement;
  • Demand that Medicare continue as a guaranteed right;
  • Work toward universal, comprehensive health care and until that is achieved, reform Medicare Part D to make it affordable and easily accessible to people of all income levels, specifically addressing eligibility problems and the confounding private drug plan choices;
  • Affirm the right of all seniors to manage their attendant care so they may live with dignity in their own homes and communities;
  • Continue to support the delivery of HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) services to all counties in California;
  • Support increased, stable funding, and expansion of service hours for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and residential care, giving consideration to the special challenges in isolated, rural communities;
  • Demand greater focus on investigating and prosecuting financial crimes against seniors and other forms of elder abuse and that all existing penalties for crimes against seniors be strictly enforced;
  • Advocate for stronger oversight of reverse mortgage programs;
  • Fight to preserve and protect programs that serve low-income seniors such as: Adult Protective Services, Senior Community Employment, Multipurpose Senior Service Programs, Alzheimer's Day Care Resource Centers, Home-Delivered Meals, Long-Term Care Ombudsman, California Senior Legal Hotline, renter's assistance, homeowner property tax discount assistance, and property tax postponement;
  • Work to expand public transportation and other transit services for seniors on limited incomes, with or without health concerns, to travel freely and enjoy a good quality of life; and,
  • Work to guarantee quality living conditions for all seniors so that they live with dignity and are able to afford the necessities of life: housing, food, health care, and a respectable standard of living.



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