Community Innovations for Aging in Place (CIAIP)

The Community Innovations for Aging in Place Initiative (CIAIP) was authorized by Congress in the 2006 reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) and funded from 2009 to 2012 by the United States Administration on Aging (AoA).*

Through CIAIP, fourteen demonstration projects were funded to assist communities in their efforts to enable the growing population of older adults to sustain their independence and age in place in their homes and communities. In addition, 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 assistance and support to the CIAIP grantees. The TAG included CHCPR staff members and a range of experts with a wealth of experience related to aging in place, livable communities, naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs), disability, community partnerships, evaluation, and models of sustainability.

CIAIP grantees identified barriers to aging in place in their communities and developed strategies for making their communities more aging friendly and provided and linked older individuals to comprehensive and coordinated health care and social services. Services considered critical to aging in place include care management, evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion programs, education, socialization, recreation, and civic engagement. In their initiatives, grantees collaborated with other community agencies, such as 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.

The TAG has prepared a series of reports and other documents detailing grantee accomplishments, the challenges they faced, and the lessons they learned through implementation of their initiatives. Click here to see them all.

For more information about the activities of the CIAIP TAG, click here.

*Now part of the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL)