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
Featured Resources
  • Stay Active Through Intergenerational Connections — engAGED Fact Sheet
    This fact sheet, produced by Generations United, focuses on ways that involvement in intergenerational activities can improve the lives of older adults and strengthen communities.
  • Stay Active Through the Arts — engAGED Fact Sheet
    This fact sheet, produced by the National Center for Creative Aging, focuses on ways that involvement with the arts can lead to greater satisfaction in the lives of older adults.
  • Rural Aging: Health and Community Policy Implications for Reversing Social Isolation
    The report from a roundtable discussion hosted  by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) titled “Rural Aging: Health and Community Policy Implications for Reversing Social Isolation” in Washington, D.C., on June 7, 2018.  The report provides a definition of social isolation, an analysis of the impact isolation has on older adults in rural areas and a discussion on action oriented solutions.
  • Innovation Challenge to Alleviate Isolation and Loneliness
    Learn how one rural but innovative library created programming to build community and keep its older adults engaged over the winter months.
The Resource Center is building an online library, divided into five engagement categories, with information to help the Aging Network develop programs and increase the engagement of older adults in their communities. The Resource Center will also include resources that highlight the importance of this issue.

Why This Matters
The Arts
Intergenerational Activities
Lifelong Learning ‚Äč
Staying Connected Through Technology
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