California's Senior Bill Of Rights

RESOLUTION 15-05.08 

California’s Senior Bill Of Rights

Whereas, older Californians have worked hard all their lives to provide for their families, build our State, and defend our Nation, and for these years of service and contribution, they deserve a dignified, secure, and independent retirement; and

Whereas, the number of Californian’s age 60 years and older is rapidly expanding, expected to reach nearly 12 million by 2030, California’s seniors will continue to rely heavily on programs and services such as Social Security, Medicare, Medi-Cal, and In-Home Supportive Services to help meet their needs for high quality and affordable health care, financial security, and the ability to maintain their dignity and independence by safely living in their homes for as long as possible; and these programs, services and those who provide them will serve an even greater importance to the safety, security and well-being of older Californians as this population grows; and

Whereas, notwithstanding these crucial programs and services, older Californians experience greater financial losses in time of economic downturn and are subject to higher incidences of poverty, hunger, and homelessness; and older Californians are increasingly the victims of fraud, scams, exploitation, and even physical abuse that threaten their dignity, financial security, and access to health care;

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the California Democratic Party recognizes the contributions and sacrifices that older Californians have made to the State and also recognize the threats they face; and

Be it further resolved, that the California Democratic Party unwaveringly upholds and protects the dignity and independence of older Californians by continuing our commitment to seek and support efforts that help ensure for them— (1) financial security, (2) quality and affordable health and long-term care, (3) protection from abuse, fraud, and exploitation, (4) a strong economy now and for future generations, and (5) independence through safe and livable communities with adequate housing and transportation options.


Sponsored by SEIU ULTCW, AFSCME United Domestic Workers, and 25 DSCC Delegates.



Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its May 2015 State Convention
Anaheim Convention Center
May 17, 2015

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