The Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging (GACA) is authorized by legislation (A.R.S. § 46-182, A.R.S. § 46-183, & A.R.S § 46-184) and was created to advise the Governor, Legislature and all State Departments on all necessary matters and issues relating to aging, including the administration of the State Plan on Aging. GACA members are appointed by the Governor with a mission to enhance the quality of life for older Arizonans.
As part of its role, GACA gathers and assesses information about seniors' needs and aging trends by monitoring and raising awareness about programs and policies that affect older adults. The Council also provides support in planning for Arizona's future through the Aging 2020 initiative and the Arizona Alzheimer's Task Force. GACA has been instrumental in providing training and awareness programs concerning vital aging issues. The Council strives to offer training or aging awareness events each year. Some of the Council's recent work has included older driver safety, fall prevention, oral health, hearing loss, caregiving and certification of mature worker friendly employers. Past endeavors have included kinship care, energy and utilities assistance, affordable housing, rural transportation, guardian and conservatorship issues, and medication misuse.
GACA is able to create workgroups necessary to further facilitate what is outlined in the body's Executive Order. Each workgroup is comprised of members from various geographic, cultural, professional, and personal backgrounds relevant to the issues facing older Arizonans. The Council further develops its work through the following:
- Aging in Community Workgroup
- Alzheimer's Workgroup
- Legislative and Policy Education Workgroup
- Marketing Workgroup