As people age, their functioning may be diminished if illness, chronic disease or injury limits physical and/or mental abilities. Changes in functional limitation rates have important implications for work and retirement policies, health and long-term care needs, and the social well-being of the older population.

Loneliness among Older Adults: A National Survey of Adults 45+

August 9, 2017

The purpose of this study was to provide a better understanding of loneliness among adults age 45 and older. In addition to examining prevalence rates across and within groups of older Americans, the study provides a descriptive profile of lonely older adults and examines the relationships between loneliness and health, health behaviors, involvement in a… Read more »

Connecting the Lonely: Making a Difference in the Well-Being of Older Adults

August 9, 2017

The prevalence of social isolation, according to the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), may be as high as 43 percent among community (non-institutional) dwelling older adults. Nearly half of those aged 62-91 experience loneliness, notes an AARP Foundation study. With more older adults living alone, leaving the workforce, having friends who have moved far away… 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 »

Expand Your Circles: Prevent Isolation and Loneliness As You Age

November 18, 2016

With record-breaking numbers of Americans not only turning age 65, but also living longer than ever before, we are seeing a corresponding spike in the number of older adults who are socially isolated and lonely. Today, nearly 30 percent of older adults in the U.S. live alone, placing them at especially high risk of this problem…. Read more »

Informing Strategies to End Senior Hunger in Native Communities

October 26, 2015

First Nations is deeply committed to assisting tribes and Native organizations in their ongoing efforts to end senior hunger. As of 2012, there were approximately 410,000 tribal elders age 65 and older in Indian Country. This number is expected to nearly triple between 2010 and 2050. As the Native senior population grows, so does the… Read more »

OAA Title IIID & Evidence-Based Programs Webinar

October 1, 2015

Plan to join ACL for a webinar about the requirements and how to meet the evidence-based program requirements of the Older Americans Act Title IIID. The requirement to use Title IIID dollars for only the highest-level evidence based programs will go into effect nationally on October 1, 2016, though some states are implementing the change… Read more »

Toolkit: Improving Aging Services for LGBT Seniors

August 17, 2017

In this webinar, listeners will have the opportunity to learn from Tim R. Johnston, Manager of Education and Training for the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging – why it’s different to grow older as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender identified individual. This interactive webinar explored the culture, needs and concerns of LGBT older… Read more »

Special Issue 2015: Home- and Community-Based Meal Services for Older Adults

August 28, 2015

The goal of this Special Issue of the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics is to feature state-of-the-field original articles that provide research-based insight into different programs and approaches that deliver nutrition-related home- and community-based services (HCBS). This is the first single body of work that details many facets of evidence regarding these programs,… Read more »

Framework for Isolation in Adults Over 50

April 15, 2015

This report presents the results of the first phase of the AARP Foundation Isolation Framework Project. This report establish a more thorough understanding of the current state of research related to isolation across multiple disciplines, with a special focus on research related to adults aged 50+. In addition, this report reviews measures of social isolation… Read more »

Walking… A Step in the Right Direction

April 16, 2015

Walking is one of the easiest ways for you to be physically active. This brochure provides you with general tips on how to create and follow a walking plan.

Be Physically Active

April 16, 2015

Many older people may feel that physical activity is not safe to do, or that they are too busy or too tired to be physically active. But being physically active every day is one important aspect of a healthy lifestyle that can help you to continue to live independently at home in your community.

Go4Life

April 16, 2015

Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical… Read more »