It takes an array of services in the community, collaborating with each other, to achieve the mission of keeping an individual at home. The aging network has always focused on a person-centered approach to the delivery of services, creating a system and a culture that coordinates all available resources to serve the needs of an individual.
The Administration on Aging, as well as state and local aging network programs, collaborate with other agencies and organizations in the parallel systems (including Older Americans Act services, food assistance, home- and community-based services, public health, transition care and the healthcare continuum)  to link services, seizing opportunities to more efficiently serve individuals.

Better Care Playbook

January 4, 2018

The Better Care Playbook is part of an effort led by The Peterson Center, The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The SCAN Foundation to offer you the latest information and resources on how to provide better care for people with complex needs. The rapidly evolving policy and… Read more »

Strengthening Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in an Evolving Policy Environment: A Toolkit for States

March 7, 2018

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) and Manatt Health has developed a new toolkit that provides a targeted menu of long-term services and supports (LTSS) reform strategies adopted by state innovators that may be replicated by other states. The toolkit identifies concrete policy strategies, operational steps, and federal and state authorities that states have… Read more »

Patterns of Collaboration among Health Care and Social Services Providers in Communities with Lower Health Care Utilization and Costs

December 12, 2017

Many older adults have complex health problems that are exacerbated by non-medical problems such as unsafe housing, poor nutrition, lack of transportation, and isolation. Increasingly, health care providers are trying to address these social issues in addition to treating medical conditions. Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers explored how providers coordinate with local social services organizations and identified… Read more »

Medicare Spends More on Socially Isolated Older Adults

December 7, 2017

Socially isolated older adults are at greater risk for poor health and death than their well-connected counterparts. However, information is lacking on whether social isolation among older adults affects health care spending. AARP Policy Institute and Standford University’s Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging partnered to complete a study looking at… Read more »

Eldercare Locator Data Report 2017

November 15, 2017

The Eldercare Locator—a public service supported by the U.S. Administration on Aging—is the only nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support and resources on an array of aging issues. This report examines 2016 data collected by the Eldercare Locator—calls, email requests and on-line  chats—which indicates two major findings: First,… Read more »

Toolkit: The Role of Social Determinants of Health – Perspectives from the Healthcare Side

March 19, 2018

This webinar provided participants an overview of the role of social determinants of health inclusive of perspectives from the healthcare side, and focused on leveraging emerging opportunities through the design and implementation of effective cross-sector partnerships. The healthcare environment in recent years has provided the Aging Network and senior nutrition programs new opportunities for engagement… Read more »

The Role of Social Determinants of Health: Perspectives from the Healthcare Side

March 19, 2018

Over the last few years, the healthcare environment has provided the aging network and senior nutrition programs with new opportunities for engagement with healthcare payers that support positive health outcomes. There is growing recognition of the impact of social determinants on health and well-being, which gives senior nutrition programs more leverage with healthcare entities to better… Read more »

Access to Public Benefits among Dual Eligible Seniors Reduces Risk of Nursing Home and Hospital Admission and Cuts Costs

August 15, 2017

The healthcare sector is in the midst of a major shift as new payment models demand both improved health outcomes and reduced healthcare costs. However, little is known about whether specific non-medical interventions can positively impact health outcomes and associated healthcare costs, particularly among low-income seniors and other high-utilizers. With this research gap in mind,… Read more »

Recognizing and Addressing Malnutrition in our Communities

August 14, 2017

Malnourished older adults are commonly discharged without a diagnosis or dietary plan. To help address community follow-through, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) surveyed several kinds of community-based organizations (CBOs) to learn what they need to bolster their ability to identify and treat malnutrition – the Community Malnutrition Resource Hub. This Resource Hub targets transitions… Read more »

ASPEN 2017 Conference: Nutrition for Patient Care—Real World Perspective

August 9, 2017

This video presentation by Dr. Correia discusses the current state of consensus in nutrition intervention guidelines and protocols, and then highlights institutional success in implementation of a nutrition-focused Quality Improvement Program (QIP). The QIP is associated with improvement of several important clinical outcomes, including a reduction in both length of stay and 30-day readmissions in… Read more »

Addressing a Patient’s Social Needs: An Emerging Business Case for Provider Investment

July 25, 2017

Despite growing evidence documenting the impact of social factors on health, providers have rarely addressed patients’ social needs in clinical settings. But today, changes in the health care landscape are catapulting social determinants of health from an academic topic to an on-the-ground reality for providers, with public and private payers holding providers accountable for patients’… Read more »

Evaluation of the Effect of the OAA Title III-C Nutrition Services Program on Participants’ Food Security, Socialization & Diet Quality

July 13, 2017

The 2017 evaluation of the Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Program for the Elderly provides results and information on the impact of the program on the participants’ food security, socialization, and diet quality. Comparisons are drawn from the previous evaluation of the program conducted in 1995. This evaluation also serves to provide insight into areas… Read more »

Report: Working Together Toward Better Health Outcomes

July 25, 2017

The Partnership for Healthy Outcomes – comprised of Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), Center for Healthcare Strategies (CHCS), and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (Alliance), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) – set out to capture and analyze the lessons emerging in this dynamic space, as organizations explore partnerships to achieve… Read more »

Serving America’s Older Adults – 2017 Area Agency on Aging National Survey Report

July 11, 2017

With a grant from the Administration on Aging within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) partnered with Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University of Ohio to conduct an online survey that gathers information about AAA services, staffing, budgets and their evolving involvement in activities such as… Read more »