Community Innovations for Aging in Place Initiative

Overview

The Community Innovations for Aging in Place Initiative (CIAIP) was authorized in 2006 to help communities sustain their efforts in supporting older adults with aging independently in their homes and communities.

Key Points

Applicants interested in funding by CIAIP are supposed to review their community for any barriers to aging in place, and then partner with other community organizations to determine strategies for overcoming these barriers through critical aging in place services such as care management, evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion services, education, socialization, recreation, and civic engagement opportunities.

Grantee project highlights include:

  1. Atlanta Regional Commission, Atlanta, GA: Lifelong Mableton is an initiative to make the local community a “lifelong community” where residents of all ages can live comfortably and safely throughout their lifetime thanks to comprehensive planning, design, programming and community development.
  2. Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA: Services to Help At-Risk Elders Age in Place (SHARE) is a program to help formerly homeless older adults age in place by providing “comprehensive, individualized, ongoing case management” targeted to the specific needs of these individuals.
  3. City of Montpelier, VT: The Rural Elder Assistance for Care and Health (REACH) Care Bank is a collaborative social enterprise that will facilitate health and wellness for older adults and caregivers by expanding services to build livable communities by engaging the community at large in the exchange of services in time.
  4. Family Eldercare, Austin, TX: A Better Way to Live at Home is a three-year collaborative project to promote a community where older adults are both active and engaged, and barriers to aging in place are addressed properly.
  5. Supportive Older Women's Network (SOWN), Philadelphia, PA: Growing Healthy Lives Together is a healthy living program, primarily for older adult women, to help improve physical and emotional well-being through a collaboration of services, including healthy living coaching, healthy living workshops, a Fruit First healthy snack program, and support groups, among other things.

How to Use

There are two main uses of this website for local planners and leaders. First, the Community Innovations for Aging in Place Initiative is a great funding opportunity to consider. Second, the grantee project examples are well detailed, making them great case study guides for alteration and implementation in any community.

View the website: Community Innovations for Aging in Place Initiative

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