CITRIS Health Director David Lindeman has been appointed to the California Commission on Aging by Governor Gavin Newsom. Lindeman has worked in the fields of health care and long-term care for over 40 years as a health services researcher and gerontologist, conducting research related to health care technology, assistive technologies, chronic disease management, healthy aging, disabilities, dementia, community-based and residential services, health care workforce, and family caregiving. His current focus is working with researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors on the incubation, start-up, evaluation, and scaling of technology-enabled healthcare solutions, including initiatives that address critical health care challenges through mobile/cloud, sensors/IoT, telehealth, robotics, assistive technologies, and data analytics (AI/machine learning).
“I look forward to working with this distinguished group of colleagues who are advising on the key policy issues affecting older adults in California. Given the need to respond to the terrible impact the pandemic has had on older adults, and the fact that our Governor is launching a new 10-year Master Plan on Aging for California, the California Commission on Aging has a unique opportunity to improve the well-being of older adults in our state and serve as a model for the rest of the country,” says Lindeman.
The California Commission on Aging advises the state’s Governor and Legislature, along with federal, state and local agencies, on programs and services that affect older adults. Its primary purpose is to advance issues fundamental to ensuring healthy, purposeful and dignified longevity for all Californians. Established in 1973 by a California government mandate and confirmed in the Older Californians Act, the Commission is comprised of 25 commissioners – representing diverse fields related to aging. Commissioners serve three-year terms as volunteers and are appointed by the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly or by the Senate Rules Committee.