Older Adults

Building an Age-Friendly Community

Age-friendly communities, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), are those that older adults find to be welcoming. These are communities and regions that are actively friendly toward, and supportive of, older adults. Age-Friendly Community Framework The World Health Organization is working with partner agencies in many countries around the world. In the U.S., […]

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Why People Being Served Need to Be Included in Planning

People who are the focus of our plans, services, initiatives, funding, policies or other work should be at the table, as part of the diverse constituency helping to shape the plans. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do. It’s respectful, including them in shaping that which may or will impact their lives. Because it’s

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Surfing the “Silver Tsunami”

The aging of our population, or ‘Silver Tsunami,’ as it’s often called, is not something in the future that requires preparation. That’s why it’s called a tsunami, a wave created by an earthquake. Ken Dychtwald was one of the first people to call this trend an “Age Wave.” If we want to be able to

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Evidence Based Practice Standards and Your Programs

They have been called “best practices,” “effective practices,” “promising practices,” and  “evidence based practices” (EBPs). Whatever the “nom du jour,” the emphasis continues to focus on identifying what works and funding programs that demonstrate effective practices and strong outcomes. With a shortage of funds for programs at local, state and national levels, the competition for

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