SCAN Health Plan Brings Senior Sensitivity Training to All Long Beach Firefighters

Date Posted: 12/10/2019

Through Trading Ages®, More than 400 First Responders Enhance Empathy and Improve Service to Seniors in the Community

LONG BEACH, Calif.—Dec. 10, 2019SCAN Health Plan®, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans, today announced it has provided its senior sensitivity training, Trading Ages, to all firefighters in the City of Long Beach. Engaging 400 participants over 21 sessions, this marks the first time the program has been delivered on such a large scale and the first time the City is offering the training to all Long Beach firefighters. 

“Providing this interactive training program to the men and women who help keep our community safe clearly demonstrates the City’s commitment to make Long Beach an age friendly place,” said Denise Likar, vice president of Independence at Home, a SCAN community service. “Firefighters serve Long Beach with skill and compassion. Having the experience of aging that Trading Ages provides will help them better understand seniors which, in turn, will help them better serve this growing population.”

According to the U.S. Census, the population of those 65 and older in Long Beach has grown to more than 10.7% in the past decade. This demographic shift impacts individuals, families and the community as a whole, while also having implications on the way public services are delivered. Founded in Long Beach by seniors, for seniors, SCAN draws on more than 40 years of experience to share its understanding of and expertise in meeting the needs of older adults. 

During the Trading Ages sessions, Long Beach firefighters were guided through a series of scenarios that emulate the challenges associated with aging, such as loss of vision and hearing. In addition to experiencing some of the physical losses, participants also gained a better understanding of the social and emotional aspects of growing older. 

“We share SCAN’s commitment to continuously improve the way we serve our communities and truly make this city a great place to age,” said Long Beach Fire Chief Xavier Espino. “We always try to connect with the people we are serving in any situation. With Trading Ages, our emergency response teams are coming away with important insight into some of the challenges seniors face, which will enable us to respond with even greater empathy.”

For more information about Trading Ages and how it has evolved to include the power of virtual reality, visit

About SCAN Health Plan
SCAN Health Plan is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans, serving more than 200,000 members in California. Since its founding in 1977, SCAN has been a mission-driven organization dedicated to keeping seniors healthy and independent. Independence at Home, a SCAN community service, provides vitally needed services and support to seniors and their caregivers. SCAN also offers education programs, community funding, volunteer opportunities and other community services throughout our California service area. To learn more, visit or or follow us on Twitter @scanhealthplan.

About Long Beach Fire Department
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