My Care, My Plan recognized by National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

mycare myplan speakupThe Adult and Aging Division is proud to announce that the community initiative it supports, My Care, My Plan: Speak Up Sonoma County to promote advance care planning, has been honored with an Aging Achievement Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). My Care, My Plan was among 46 local aging programs to receive honors at the n4a Annual Conference & Tradeshow, July 24-28. MCMP involves volunteers from the private, nonprofit and public sectors and is a program of Sonoma County Health Action, a broad community effort to engage local residents in creating a healthier Sonoma County.

mycare myplan speakup Group photoAdult and Aging Director Diane Kaljian represents California on the n4a Board of Directors and is a leader in the Vision 2025, the California Area Agency on Aging’s planning initiative. Adult and Aging staff will present two conference sessions on My Care, My Plan and the LGBT senior outreach project, Aging with Pride, both grant-funded programs. Kaljian is also presenting a session on Vision 2025 on plans to meet the needs of the state’s rapidly growing older adult population.

The 2016 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognizes programs that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. A part of the criteria for the selection of the honorees was the ease with which other agencies could replicate the program in their communities. 

Kaljian says, “We're proud to be recognized for the work that we are doing locally to address issues of aging and connect Sonoma County residents with resources. My Care, My Plan is a testament to the dedicated volunteers who worked collaboratively with Adult and Aging to make the program successful. Aging with Pride opened further opportunities to engage with the senior centers and the service providers to serve LGBT elders.”

Contact: Diane Kalijan, (707) 565-5932

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