engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults

EngAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults

Research suggests that remaining socially engaged improves the quality of life for older adults and is associated with better health. In addition, older adults who are socially engaged in their communities are able to share their knowledge, talent, skills, experience and wisdom, enabling them to have a powerful impact.

The linchpin of this national effort will be engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults, funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging, which is part of the U.S. Administration for Community Living. Through the Center, the partners will:
  • Identify and disseminate information about emerging trends, resources, and replication strategies that the Aging Network can use and tailor in their communities
  • Develop a national strategy for educating and informing the Aging Network about innovative engagement approaches and programming
Latest Resources
 
  • Fighting Social Isolation: A View from the Trenches
    This article from the Gerontological Society of America, written by Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) executive director Tom Kamber, summarizes 14 years of lessons OATS has learned about program models, training methodology, and outcome measurement required to combat social isolation among seniors in community settings.
The Resource Center is building an online library with information to help the Aging Network develop programs and increase the engagement of older adults in their communities. Check out the initial offerings (with more to be added):

The Arts
Intergenerational Activities
Lifelong Learning ‚Äč
Staying Connected Through Technology
  • Senior Planet - Older Adults Technology Services' flagship content site for older adults

Volunteerism
Partners
 
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Generations United Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)
 
National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes National Center for Creative Aging