- Who We Are -
We advocate for the interests and welfare of older adults by administering programs and services focused on the needs of older adults and caregivers in the City of Los Angeles. Our functions cover a wide range of responsibilities that include planning, contract development, fiscal, and monitoring of our programs delivered by our contracted service providers. We provide services in partnership with community-based agencies at our Multipurpose Senior Centers which act as focal points for delivery of services in various communities throughout the City.
- Mission -
To improve the quality of life, independence, health, and dignity of the City's older adult population by managing community based programs that are comprehensive, coordinated, accessible, and to advocate for the needs of older citizens and their caregivers.
- Area Plan Goals -
- Provide services to enhance the quality of life for older adults by promoting health, dignity, and independence
- Provide support and referrals to caregivers
Laura Trejo, MSG, MPA
City of Los Angeles Department of Aging
Ms. Trejo was the first Latina appointed to the level of General Manager for the City of Los Angeles. She is responsible for the overall administration of the Los Angeles Department of Aging serving one of the largest and most diverse concentrations of older persons in the U.S. She serves as a technical and policy advisor to the Mayor and City Council and represents the City of Los Angeles before the public, community, and private groups on matters affecting senior citizen affairs. In her previous post, Ms. Trejo served as the first District Chief for older adult mental health for Los Angeles County.
She is currently the City’s lead for Purposeful Aging Los Angeles an age-friendly initiative “to make the Los Angeles region the most age friendly in the world.” Among her other activities, Ms. Trejo serves as a founding Co-Director/Investigator of the UCLA Los Angeles Community Academic Partnership for Research in Aging (LA CAPRA), Interim Director of the Los Angeles Foundation on Aging, and Executive Producer of Aging Well in L.A. an Emmy-nominated magazine style public television program. Nationally, Ms. Trejo is active in the American Society on Aging where she served as a founding chair of the Mental Health and Aging Network and currently serves on the Aging Today Editorial Advisory Committee, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging’s Mission Forward Committee, and has served on the boards of the Alzheimer’s Association and National Council on Aging. Ms. Trejo was a founding member of the National Alzheimer's Advisory Council. She also currently serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board, the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and the National Health Foundation.
Ms. Trejo is a gerontologist with a Master of Science in Gerontology, Master of Public Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Long Term Care Administration all from the University of Southern California. She consults and trains extensively throughout the United States on the development of programs for the elderly with an emphasis on cultural competence. She works with individual countries and international organizations to develop initiatives and programs in the areas of aging, mental health, health, Alzheimer’s, and rehabilitation. Her work has been published in professional journals, newsletters, book chapters, and major reports.
Ms. Trejo’s commitment to excellence have earned national recognition, most noteworthy the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leadership Award, considered the nation’s highest honor in community health leadership. Los Angeles Magazine named her among the “50 Most Influential Women” in the United States.