Today’s person-centered care that revolves around the individual at home and in their community surpasses institutional care models of the past. This concept helps older people to live full and enriched lives despite illness or disability.
Age-friendly communities meet, and exceed, the needs of older adults: health care, appropriate housing, efficient transportation, healthy meals, social activity and more. All told, this helps adults age with independence and dignity.
When older adults feel like they’re a valuable part of the community, their health and wellbeing flourish. Through volunteering and socializing they can connect across many generations. And, that enriches the whole community.
Peer-to-peer support, social connections and highly coordinated care creates a more efficient and cost-effective means to care for older people. Further increasing their access to community, and home-based care, creates a virtuous cycle that improves wellness.
Older adults with access to integrated care report an overall improvement in quality of life and emotional well-being. They maintain the ability to care for themselves and to participate in daily activities longer. Most of all, they stay engaged in their community.
Older adults are an integral part of each community. They support business owners who provide vital goods and services for healthy aging. Also, those who age in their community stimulate growth in the direct care workforce—which creates jobs and more opportunity.
Scaling Aging Programs
We identify and scale best practices that improve long-term health outcomes. Proven examples include our nationwide GREEN HOUSE® Project and our Village to Village Network Initiative. These successful programs allow adults to age in their communities and in homelike settings.
See how we Incubate & Scale
Systems Integration Support
We work tirelessly to improve the alignment of community health care services. We help fill existing gaps via public policy engagement. And, we collaborate with government agencies, community health centers and care providers to support successful aging.
See our Policy Efforts
Meals on Wheels
Age-friendly communities require a range of support services, including access to nutritious food. Our financing of the Meals on Wheels program near Fort Worth, Texas helped build a new warehouse and modern kitchen facilities. This will help expand meal deliveries by 50% to at least 1.5 million meals annually for a mostly low-income older population.
Loveland Green House
We financed the development of Colorado’s first GREEN HOUSE® homes in the city of Loveland, providing skilled nursing for Medicaid-eligible residents. We leveraged New Market Tax Credits and investments from JPMorgan Chase, the AARP, Robert Wood Johnson, and Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundations to complete this $17 million dollar financing package.
Meet the Loveland Residents
The Village Network
The Village model allows people to stay in their homes as they age while building up support and social engagement systems in their communities. This aging-friendly approach allows seniors to remain active in their local social networks, and delays their need for nursing homes.
The Village Model