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Community Innovations for Aging in Place Program

Overview

The Community Innovations for Aging in Place (CIAIP) initiative was created as part of the Older Americans Act (OAA) to assist communities in their efforts to enable successful aging in place. The initiative encourages communities to assess their age-friendliness by identifying barriers to aging in place and creating innovative strategies for linking older adults with health and social services that foster senior independence and aging in place.

Key Points

The CIAIP initiative is intended to establish partnerships among local health and social service providers, housing entities, and community development organizations to assist older adults with aging in place. Current grantee projects are outlined on the CIAIP website, along with each program’s goals, objectives, expected outcomes and products.

Community Innovations for Aging in Place grantee projects include:

  1. Services to Help At-Risk Elders Age in Place (SHARE): Initiated by the Boston Medical Center, this program seeks to provide comprehensive, individualized case management to assist formerly homeless older adults with aging in place.
  2. Rural Elder Assistance for Care and Health (REACH): A program created in the City of Montpelier, Vermont to provide innovative and affordable health and wellness opportunities and services to older adults.
  3. Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) Health Plus: Implemented by the New York City Department for the Aging to provide older NORC residents with evidence-based programs to help them better manage their health.

How to Use

Planners and local officials looking for insight on how to enhance their community’s capacity for successful aging in place can use the CIAIP website as a starting point. The resources and news updates provided on the site are useful for community planners and leaders seeking information on how to implement programs and initiatives that will enable older residents to remain independent and in their homes or communities for as long as possible.

View website: Community Innovations for Aging in Place Program