Longevity Ready Maryland Initiative
Aging is changing across the country, and Maryland is no exception. Maryland's diverse 60-plus population is projected to grow faster than any other age group. By 2035, and for the first time in Maryland’s history, there will be nearly 2.1 million adults 60 and over compared to 1.6 million children under the age of 19.
Living longer is good news, allowing us to focus on the potential of the older population to the social and economic fabric of our society. The Maryland Department of Aging (MDOA) believes longevity is a phenomenon that can be explored, understood, and for which we can plan.
MDOA is currently developing Longevity Ready Maryland (LRM), a plan or "roadmap", for state and local government, the public and private sector, and philanthropy and nonprofits to work together to help Maryland prepare for the opportunities and challenges of this swiftly changing demographic landscape.
Older Marylanders are increasingly diverse, residing in a mix of urban, suburban, and rural locales, and their lived experiences vary greatly depending on their race, ethnicity, income, education, disabilities, and zip codes. To plan, prepare, and serve our rapidly changing population, we must examine local and state infrastructure and policies to determine barriers, challenges, and opportunities for coordinated action. LRM will help address structural and social factors that perpetuate disparities and inequities that impact people across the lifespan.
Through the LRM, MDOA will evaluate the effectiveness of programs, advocate for change, target resources, and formulate data-informed policy recommendations on behalf of older adults, those living with disabilities, their families and caregivers. This robust approach underscores the state's commitment to proactively adapting to and addressing the needs arising from its evolving population dynamics and regional variations.
LRM will take a whole-of-life approach. Healthy longevity requires investments in health and wellbeing at every life stage, from birth throughout the later years of life. This means creating new pathways for working, planning, saving, and healthy living over a lifetime. By optimizing each stage of life, the benefits can compound for decades, while also allowing for time to recover and mitigate the harm from disadvantages and setbacks. The Maryland Department of Aging has set four epic goals in order to achieve this mission:
Governor Moore Supports Longevity Ready Maryland
Pictured from left: MDOA Multisector Planning Director Betty Romero, MDOA Deputy Secretary Jennifer Crawley, Governor Wes Moore, & MDOA Secretary Carmel Roques. Photo Credit: MDGovpics