National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Awarded Grant to Build Upon its Work to Reduce Social Isolation Among Older Adults, Caregivers

For Immediate Release
September 24, 2020
Contact: Joellen Leavelle, and 202.872.0888
WASHINGTON—The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) has been awarded a three-year grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to expand and enhance the work of the Aging Network to address the social isolation of older Americans through engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults. The new grant will allow engAGED to expand its efforts to assist aging organizations to develop and implement a broad array of strategies to socially engage and connect older adults in a variety of ways in communities across the nation.
“Even before COVID-19, addressing the impact of social isolation and loneliness on older adults has been a critical area of focus for the Aging Network,” said Sandy Markwood, n4a CEO. “Because older adults are the population most impacted by COVID-19, the Aging Network has an even more important role to play now, which is where engAGED steps in. By creating new community partnerships, sharing resources and highlighting replicable best practices to engage older adults—with and without technology—the new engAGED grant will provide much-needed support to older adults around the country.”
As part of the ACL grant, engAGED will accelerate the development and spread of social engagement tools, resources and trainings focused on community involvement, intergenerational engagement, the use of technology and volunteerism. This effort will be guided by an advisory committee comprised of experts from organizations that span the spectrum of entities that work with or directly touch the lives of older adults and can implement strategies that can help older adults stay connected to their communities. A full listing of the engAGED Project Advisory Committee is available at engAGED will also work with partners to develop social engagement trainings, produce consumer publications, provide technical assistance and highlight best practices that can be used to engage older adults in all aspects of community life.
“Maintaining social connections throughout the lifespan, but particularly as we age, contributes to overall health and well-being,” said Markwood. “Together with our partners, engAGED will strive to develop and strengthen the bonds between older adults and their communities—enriching the lives of all.”
About the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging is a 501(c)(3) membership association representing America’s national network of 622 Area Agencies on Aging and providing a voice in the nation’s capital for the Title VI Native American aging programs. The mission of n4a is to build the capacity of its members so they can better help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible. For more information, visit and follow @n4aACTION.

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