People are living longer. As a whole, this means that communities and populations are also rapidly aging across the world, especially in California and Los Angeles.

  • According to the World Health Organization, by 2020, the number of people aged 60 years and older will outnumber children younger than 5 years.
  • California’s older adult population will nearly double by 2030.*
  • Los Angeles County’s older adult population is already larger than the older adult population of 41 states. (Purposeful Aging Los Angeles Report, 2018)

Our cities, government, and society are not currently equipped or prepared to successfully support the new opportunities that come with living longer. Again, as the World Health Organization points out, it will be increasingly important to invest into an age-friendly environment and larger and better trained workforce to  focus on the increasing demands of primary, community, and long-term healthcare.

For this reason, cities and communities across the world are beginning to realize the importance of creating services and supports for older people.

Westside Pacific Villages, part of a movement of villages across the U.S., provides solutions to our changing society by prioritizing aging as a central focus for the community at large–ultimately to improve the quality of longer lives with continual growth, development, purpose, engagement, and enrichment.


*Ortman, J. M., Velkoff, V. A., & Hogan, H. (2014). An aging nation: the older population in the United States (pp. 25-1140). United States Census Bureau, Economics and Statistics Administration, US Department of Commerce.

 *State of California, Department of Finance, State and County Population Projections by Race/Ethnicity, Sex, and Age 2010-2060, Sacramento, California, December 2014.

America is in the midst of a loneliness epidemic; the American Psychological Association explains that loneliness and social isolation can be as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, an even greater public health hazard than obesity. According to a new national survey by AARP Foundation, one in three adults older than 45 are lonely. Most importantly, older adults may be particularly at risk for social isolation and loneliness; the  U.S. Health Resources & Service Administration states that 43% of older adults feel lonely on a regular basis. Among older adults who feel lonely, there is also a 45% risk of increased mortality.

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