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Community Innovations for Aging in Place


The Purpose of the CIAIP Initiative

The Community Innovations for Aging in Place Initiative (CIAIP) was authorized by Congress in the Older Americans Act (OAA) reauthorization of 2006 to assist communities in their efforts to enable older adults to sustain their independence and age in place in their homes and communities.

Applicants for funding under the CIAIP initiative were instructed to assess their communities to identify any barriers to independence and aging in place, and then, in collaboration with other community organizations, identify innovative strategies for providing and linking older individuals to programs and services that provide comprehensive and coordinated health and social services to older individuals and support aging in place. Health and social services considered critical to aging in place include care management including health care management, evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion services, education, socialization, recreation and civic engagement opportunities.

Collaboration is an important component of any community-based innovative strategy to assist frail older adults to remain independent and age in place. Successful projects are able to establish partnerships with local entities including Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), area agencies on aging (AAAs), local providers of health and social services, housing entities, community development organizations, philanthropic organizations, foundations, and others.

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Community Innovations for Aging in Place Grantees

Over 200 applications were received in 2009 through the CIAIP initiative. Fourteen (14) organizations representing diverse communities across the country received awards. In addition, a Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) was awarded to the Visiting Nurse Service of New York City to provide training and technical assistance to the CIAIP grantees. To learn more about each of the planned projects, click on the organization name below and you’ll be taken to a project summary.

Grantee Award
Atlanta Regional Commission, Atlanta, GA $265,000
Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA $288,131
Catholic Charities, Stockton, CA $271,708
Catholic Charities, Kansas City, MO $317,631
City of Montpelier, Montpelier, VT $334,670
Coordinating Center for Home and Community Care,
Millersville, MD
Easter Seals New Hampshire, Manchester, NH $307,521
Family Eldercare, Austin, TX $400,000
Jewish Family Service of Greater Albuquerque,
Albuquerque, NM
Mt. Sanford Tribal Consortium, Gakona, AK $274,308
Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Bellaire, TX $500,000
New York City Department for the Aging, New York City, NY $338,575
Supportive Older Women's Network, Philadelphia, PA $269,804
The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community
Services Center, Los Angeles, CA
Technical Assistance Grant Award
The Visiting Nurse Service of New York, New York City, NY

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Resources and Useful Links

The CIAIP Technical Assistance Resource Center maintains a website with up-to-date information and resources related to the CIAIP grant initiative and innovations for aging in place. The website may be found at

The Older Americans Act Reauthorization of 2006 language regarding Community Innovations to Aging in Place -

Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC): A Blueprint for Action -

Village to Village Network to help communities establish “Villages” to assist older adults to age in place in their home and neighborhood -

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