Longevity Ready Maryland

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Longevity Ready Maryland is the Maryland Department of Aging's 10-year multisector plan that will prepare Maryland to effectively address the challenges and maximize the benefits and opportunities of an aging society.​

People in Maryland are living longer than ever before. In 2000, the 60 and older population represented 15% of all Marylanders. By 2020, that percentage grew to 23%. Looking ahead to 2030, Marylanders age 60+ can expect to represent about 26% of the population. ​​​

Older adults offer tremendous value to the Maryland landscape. They fuel​ local economies, provide support for families, and contribute to the community in many ways. By ensuring equal access to coordinated care, services, and social determinants that enable healthy longevity, we can become a state where all Marylanders lead healthy, financially secure, socially connected, and purposeful lives.​​

​​Partners in Building a Longevity Ready Maryland

How long and how well Marylanders ​​​​live depends largely on their zip code. Recognizing the need to prepare for a more equitable future for the 100-year life expectancy, the department has secured an Executive Order from Governor Moore to develop Longevity Ready Maryland, solidifying the state’s commitment to the well-being of older Marylanders and building a more just and equitable future. 

Pictured from left: MDOA Multisector Planning Director Betty Romero, MDOA Deputy Secretary Jennifer Crawley, Governor Wes Moore, & MDOA Secretary Carmel Roques. Photo Credit: MD​Govpics

Longevity Ready Maryland will coordinate services to address the economic and social needs that contribute to healthier and more purposeful longevity. Key partners include:

  • Older Adults
  • Area Agencies on Aging
  • Caregivers (paid and unpaid)
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Philanthropies
  • Government Agencies
  • Community-based Organizations
  • Educators
  • Research and Academia
  • Elected Officials
  • Business and Employers

Epic Goals

Longevity Ready Maryland is guided by four Epic Goals intended to help Maryland communities thrive in the years to come.

  • Build a longevity ecosystem that connects a network of organizations, businesses, government agencies, healthcare providers, researchers, and key stakeholders to work collaboratively with older Marylanders to enhance quality of life. 
  • Promote economic opportunity that supports an age-inclusive workforce through multigenerational employment and consumer participation.
  • Prepare Marylanders to afford longevity through improved access to affordable housing, healthcare, and retirement planning. 
  • Optimize health, wellness, and mobility that benefits Marylanders of all ages through investments in nutrition, health literacy, outdoor spaces, public health, and transportation infrastructures.​

Key Features of Longevity Ready Maryland​

  • The LRM Data Dashboard will serve as a trusted resource for collecting and sharing emerging data and research-based findings to guide policy making, budget allocation, and program development that enhance the lives of older adults. 
  • Research, Stakeholder, and Equity Advisory Groups will coordinate aging community sectors to lead collaborative efforts that enhance the lives of older adults.
  • The LRM Advisory Council will define evidence-based policies that enhance the lives of older adults and make recommendations to the Governor and Maryland legislature.

LR​​​M Priorities​​​​: Supportive Communities, Caregiving, Care Workforce, Multigenerational Workforce for Employers, Employment for 50+, Affordable Housing, Affordable Healthcare​, Nutrition, Exercise and Preventive Care, Brain Health, and Transportation Infrastructure.​​

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