Communities ... and aging
Aging in place is the ability to live in
one’s own home and community safely,
independently, and comfortably,
regardless of age, income, or ability level.
Centers for Disease Control
While comprehensive approaches would be ideal in most communities, the reality is that not all funders have the staff time and resources to engage in that approach. Some funders support community efforts by focusing selectively and strategically on specific components of an aging-friendly community.
Depending on a funder’s interest, there are numerous opportunities that both strengthen communities and help older people. If you have a particular interest in community and the arts, health, education, or children and families, you might also want to browse through other sections of this tool kit. The links below are just the tip of the iceberg to help you get started.
Affordable, accessible housing
Home safety, home modifications, and other services
Preventing elder abuse and neglect
Health and wellness
Mobility and transportation
Economic security through education and jobs
People over 55 are the backbone of this city. . . They serve on community associations, participate in neighborhood associations, participate in neighborhood clean-ups, maintain their homes, keep buses coming into their communities, and keep drugs out. Older adults are vital to neighborhood health and stability.
Kevin Griffin Moreno, Program Officer, Baltimore Community Foundation