As a new blogger, I had this fantasy that I would send a blog post each day to share what we were learning. But so much to do and see! Now the conference is over and I’m home and mostly recovered. So instead we will share ideas, resources and pictures in small portions over the next few days.
First stop was a pre-conference meeting of the Advisory Group for the Administration on Aging’s Community Innovations for Aging in Place (CIAIP). Not only did I get to spend the day with some very smart, creative, savvy folks on the Advisory Committee and on the Technical Team, I learned more about the progress of the 14 grantees.
Applicants for funding under the CIAIP initiative were instructed to assess their communities to identify any barriers to aging in place, and then, in collaboration with other community organizations, identify innovative strategies for providing and linking older individuals to programs that provide comprehensive and coordinated health and social services to older individuals. Services considered critical to aging in place include care management, evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion services, education, socialization, recreation, and civic engagement opportunities.
Collaboration is an important component of any community-based innovative strategy to assist frail older adults to age in place. Successful projects are able to establish partnerships with local entities including Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), area agencies on aging (AAAs), local providers of health and social services, housing entities, community development organizations, philanthropic organizations, foundations, and others.
A Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) was awarded to the Center for Home Care Policy & Research (CHCPR) of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York to provide technical assistance and support to the community grantees. CHCPR’s TAG Team includes a robust collaborative of experts from across the country with a wealth of experience working on numerous initiatives related to aging in place, livable communities, community partnerships, and naturally occurring retirement communities.
Check out their website at http://www.ciaip.org/ to learn more about the individual projects and to access some of the awesome resources made available to the grantees (and to us) off that website. While this round of funding will end this Fall and the likelihood of renewal in the next fiscal year is slim, it is hoped that the Technical Assistance Team, lead by Mia Oberlink, will continue into the future.