The Village model is gaining national attention as an affordable option for seniors who want to age-in- place. Villages are not-for-profit membership organizations offering comprehensive support and social engagement to seniors wanting to maintain independence. Villages are locally developed (often initiated within neighborhoods), self-governing, and self-supporting. Approximately two-thirds of Villages are independent nonprofits while others may be operated as a program under a larger, local senior services organization.
This publication provides a wealth of background and program ideas for improving rural mobility through existing and emerging technology. It offers insights about what’s already working and what is possible from the perspective of providers and thought leaders. It is a general introduction tailored for funders but useful for anyone. It does not require a background in technology or aging.
This publication is a companion white paper to Mobility & Aging in Rural America: The Role for Innovation: An Introduction for Funders. It examines rural mobility through a lens of technology and across a longer timeframe.
Philanthropic organizations of all shapes and sizes are well positioned to support Communities for a Lifetime (CfaL). This issue brief explores four roles for philanthropy in advancing CfaL work.
As older adults are increasingly choosing to age in place, cross-cutting issues are coming to the forefront – the quality of care received by disabled or chronically ill older adults in their own homes, and the quality of the jobs of the caregivers who provide this care.
Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania (GWP), a regional membership organization of over 80 funders, invited its members and other community leaders to a forum to learn how funders can initiate significant change in a field. The idea for the program arose from the team of advisors to GWP’s EngAGEment initiative1, who had been working to build a broad base of support for enhancing healthy aging across the region. They realized that the EngAGEment initiative could leap forward by listening to what other funders had done to advance an important issue—and that the lessons learned could benefit philanthropists, regardless of their field of interest.
Mary O'Donnell, a program officer at the Retirement Research Foundation, provides an overview of how the foundation works to build capacity of nonprofits to serve older adults.