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Capacity Building

Aging Network Business Practice, Planning and Program Development

  • Grantee: National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
  • Contact: MKaschak@n4a.org (Mary Kaschak)
  • Website: http://www.n4a.org/programs/capacity-building-program
  • Audience: Area Agencies on Aging and Tribal Organizations
  • Summary: The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging is partnering with the Scripps Gerontology Center to implement a national effort to increase the capacity of Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI aging programs to enhance their management practices and methodologies, enhance their leadership, and broaden their role in the delivery of community-based services and supports that transform our nation’s system of health and long-term care to address the needs of older adults and their caregivers. This will be accomplished through data collection and reporting based upon national surveys of AAAs and Title VI programs, intensive training sessions focused on business development and strategic planning, peer and expert technical assistance and training delivered through a web-based Resource Center, and other activities.

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Strengthening the Aging Network

  • Grantee: National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
  • Contact: info@nasuad.org
  • Website: http://www.nasuad.org/san/strengthening_the_aging_network.html
  • Audience: State Units on Aging, Area Agencies on Aging and the Aging Network
  • Summary: The objectives are to design and implement an intensive advanced flexible training system for SUA directors, including, but not limited to, new directors and their senior staffs; to gather information about current performance standards used by states to measure the impact of their LTSS systems; and to design and conduct an evaluation tool that will assess SUA’s progress in key areas of systems change.

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TASC Planning Zone

  • Grantee: National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
  • Contact: info@nasuad.org
  • Website: http://www.nasuad.org/tasc/tasc_index.html
  • Audience: State and Area Agencies on Aging
  • Summary: The objectives are: 1. Update, maintain and modify (as necessary) the comprehensive state planning model currently in place for State Units on Aging (SUAs); 2. Update, maintain and modify (as necessary) the comprehensive state planning model for use by Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs); 3. Provide technical support for comprehensive planning for aging services at the SUA and AAA level; 4. Develop and integrate GIS (or similar) mapping technology for SUAs and AAAs; and 5. Assist states with ADRCs to integrate their State plan and ADRC and planning efforts.

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The Aging Network's Volunteer Collaborative

  • Grantee: National Association of Area Agencies
  • Contact: preid@n4a.org
  • Website:http://www.agingnetworksvolunteercollaborative.org/
  • Audience: The Aging Network
  • Summary: The Center will help AoA and the Aging Network use volunteers more effectively, especially Boomers; develop AoA’s and the Aging Network’s leadership in civic engagement; and expand the Aging Network’s use of volunteers. The Center is a partnership of n4a, the AARP Foundation, the National Association of State Units on Aging and Disabilities, the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration and the University of Michigan. The Center will conduct research on civic engagement; convene thought-leaders to help develop a plan of action on volunteerism for the Aging Network; develop communication and outreach tools to reach aging services leaders and volunteers across the country; create training programs and technical assistance resources for volunteers and volunteer coordinators; and identify and promote best practices. AoA will work with these organizations to expand the capacity of the Aging Network to engage volunteers nationwide.

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Technical Assistance Centers for Family Caregiver Support Programs

  • Grantee: Family Caregiver Alliance; Sub: ARCH National Respite Network & Resource Center)
  • Contact: Family Caregiver Alliance 1-800-445-8106; ARCH Respite 1-703-256-2084
  • Website: http://www.caregiver.org or http://www.archrespite.org
  • Audience: State Units on Aging, Area Agencies on Aging and providers of National Family Caregiver Support Program services as well as Lifespan Respite Care Program Grantees and states.
  • Summary: The Technical Assistance Centers for Caregiver Programs and Lifespan Respite, is an initiative of the Family Caregiver Alliance – National Center on Caregiving (FCA) and the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center (ARCH). FCA and ARCH are collaborating to translate what is currently known about the design and delivery of cutting-edge caregiver services and supports into practical tools and resources for use by program administrators and front-line staff.

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Access Services

Aging and Disability Resource Center Technical Assistance Exchange

  • Grantee: The Lewin Group, Inc.
  • Contact: adrc-tae@lewin.com
  • Website: http://www.adrc-tae.org/
  • Audience: The Resource Center itself is primarily for grantees and the Aging Network, but the website is geared to both have private grantee specific information, as well as content aimed at the general Aging Network, as well as other State and local organizations (Medicaid, Public Health, Providers, etc.), as well as the general public.
  • Summary: The purpose of this Task Order is to provide expert technical assistance and guidance to the Administration on Aging (AoA), AoA grantees and their partners, and other Aging Services Network organizations at the state, sub-state, and community levels. For the most part, assistance and guidance will be provided to AoA and AoA grantees for the development and implementation of AoA’s long-term care (LTC) initiatives, including developing or expanding Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) or implementing participant-directed programs including the Community Living programs (CLP). Nonetheless, assistance will also be provided for other grant programs and to other Aging Services Network entities that do not have grants but wish to implement AoA grant programs.

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Alzheimer’s Technical Assistance Resource Center

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National Information and Referral Support Center

  • Grantee: National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
  • Contact: info@nasuad.org
  • Website: http://www.nasuad.org/I_R/ir_index.html
  • Audience: I&R Professionals
  • Summary: The Support Center provides information and referral systems design and management, service delivery and professional staff development supports to state and local aging networks. Training, technical assistance, product development and consultation are provided to build capacity and promote continuing development of aging and disability information and referral services nationwide.

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National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment

  • Grantee: National Council on Aging, Inc.
  • Contact: http://www.centerforbenefits.org/contact.cfm
  • Website: http://www.centerforbenefits.org/
  • Audience: MIPPA Grantees, Benefits Enrollment Centers and Public
  • Summary: This resource center helps organizations enroll seniors and younger adults with disabilities with limited means into the benefits programs for which they are eligible so that they can remain healthy and improve the quality of their lives.

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National Education and Resource Center on Women and Retirement Planning

  • Grantee: Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement
  • Contact: info@wiserwomen.org
  • Website: http://www.wiserwomen.org/
  • Audience: women, educators and policymakers
  • Summary: The Center assists the Aging Network to implement objectives to improve women’s economic security. Center makes information on basic financial and retirement planning available interactively online, and through workshops, fact sheets and other tools.

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Elder Rights

National Center on Elder Abuse

  • Grantee: University of Delaware; National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse; National Adult Protective Services Foundation
  • Contact: ncea-info@aoa.hhs.gov; phone 302-831-3525; inquiry/TA request form: http://ncea.aoa.gov/Site_Utilities/Feedback.aspx
  • Website: http://www.ncea.aoa.gov
  • Audience: general public, social service and health care practitioners, the justice system, researchers, advocates, policy-makers
  • Summary: The NCEA serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. To carry out its mission, the NCEA disseminates elder abuse information to professionals and the public, and provides technical assistance and training to states and to community-based organizations. The NCEA makes news and resources available on-line and an easy-to-use format; collaborates on research; provides training; identifies and provides information about promising practices and interventions; operates a listserve forum for professionals; and provides subject matter expertise on program and policy development.

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National Consumer Protection Technical Resource Center

  • Grantee: Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging
  • Contact: 1-877-808-2468 or info@smpresource.org
  • Website: http://www.smpresource.org
  • Audience: The 55 SMP Projects and also the public.
  • Summary: The National Consumer Protection Technical Resource Center (the Center), provides technical assistance, support and training to 55 SMP projects to ensure an effective, consistent national approach to educating Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in the prevention, detection and reporting of health care fraud. The Center promotes and disseminates the work of the SMP projects and provides technical assistance in Medicare, fraud control, and volunteer management through on-line training, workshops, and the SMP mentoring program. The Center conducts training for SMP projects on SMART FACTS, the SMP data management, tracking and reporting system, to ensure that accurate SMP activity and performance data is reported to OIG and the public. The Center also develops volunteer training materials to help ensure consistency and professionalism in the SMP volunteer workforce.

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National Legal Resource Center

  • Grantee: Center for Social Gerontology; National Senior Citizens Law Center; American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging; National Consumer Law Center and Center for Elder Rights Advocacy
  • Contact: David Godfrey, godfreyd@staff.abanet.org
  • Website: http://www.nlrc.aoa.gov/
  • Audience: The audience targeted to receive support services through the NLRC includes a broad range of legal, elder rights, and aging services professionals and advocates. These include: legal assistance providers, legal assistance developers, LTC Ombudsmen, State Units on Aging directors, Area Agency on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Center staff, senior legal helplines, and others involved in protecting the rights of older persons.
  • Summary: The purpose of the National Legal Resource Center (NLRC) is to provide the aging and legal networks with easy access to a coordinated national legal assistance support system in order to strengthen legal assistance and elder rights efforts across the country. The NLRC provides core resource support through a combination of case consultation, training, and technical assistance on a broad range of legal issues and systems development issues. Examples of common legal issues include preventing the loss of a senior’s home through foreclosure; protecting against consumer scams and creditor harassment; addressing elder abuse in the community and in long-term care facilities; and difficulties in accessing public benefits such as Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. The NLRC also provides technical assistance on the efficient, cost-effective, and targeted provision of state-wide legal and elder rights advocacy services.

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National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center

  • Grantee: National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
  • Contact: http://www.ltcombudsman.org/contact
  • Website: http://www.ltcombudsman.org
  • Audience: A resource for ombudsman programs and for the general public.
  • Summary: The Center provides support, technical assistance and training to the 53 state long-term care ombudsman programs and their statewide networks of almost 600 regional (local) programs. Its objectives are to enhance the skills, knowledge, and management capacity of the state programs to enable them to handle residents' complaints and represent resident interests through both individual and systemic advocacy.

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National Pension Assistance Resource Center

  • Grantee: The Pension Rights Center
  • Contact: 202-296-3776 or http://www.pensionrights.org
  • Website: http://www.pensionrights.org
  • Audience: Nationwide network of pension advocates (see summary); and the Public.
  • Summary: AoA's Pension Counseling & Information Program, a permanent program under Title II of the Older Americans Act, assists individuals in understanding and exercising their pension rights. The National Pension Assistance Resource Center provides support to the AoA Pension Counseling projects (AoA currently funds 6 regional counseling projects, covering 29 states) and facilitates coordination among the projects, State and Area Agencies on Aging, ADRCs, legal services providers, and others by providing substantive legal training, technical assistance and programmatic consultation. The Resource Center also assists individuals living in areas not currently served by an AoA pension counseling project by providing nationwide referral and information services, both telephonically and through the PensionHelp America website - a nationwide database of pension assistance and information resources (http://www.PensionHelp.org).

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Health

Evidenced-Based Disease and Disability Prevention National Resource Center

  • Grantee: National Council on Aging, Inc.
  • Contact: research@ncoa.org
  • Website: http://www.healthyagingprograms.org/
  • Audience: community-based organizations serving older adults
  • Summary: This resource center supports grantees as they implement evidence-based interventions designed to empower seniors to manage chronic conditions more effectively and to mitigate risks to their health and well-being.

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Long Term Supports and Services

Alzheimer’s Technical Assistance Resource Center

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Community Innovations for Aging in Place (CIAIP) Technical Assistance Center

  • Grantee: Visiting Nurse Service of New York
  • Contact: info@ciaip.org
  • Website: http://www.ciaip.org/
  • Audience: Primary audience - recipients of CIAIP; Public is invited to use the website and contact them for more information.
  • Summary: The CIAIP initiative is intended to assist communities in their efforts to enable older adults to age in place in their homes and communities. Innovative approaches developed under CIAIP are based on needs assessments that identify community strengths and gaps in supporting aging in place and should represent a collaboration of all interested community stakeholders. The TA resource supports grantees in their efforts.

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National Resource Center for Participant Directed Services

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Minority Aging

National Minority Aging Technical Assistance Centers

  • Grantee: National Caucus and Center on the Black Aged
  • Contact: support@ncba-aged.org
  • Website: http://www.ncba-aged.org/
  • Audience: Elderly African Americans and policy makers, legislators, advocacy and service organizations
  • Summary: Project SURGE, is implementing approaches to reduce barriers to health care and intervention services among African American/Black aged especially those who suffer with chronic conditions, may be home bound and/or have language and low literacy concerns. The model will be culturally competent and linguistically appropriate. Pilot tests are designed to demonstrate a model corps of peer volunteers trained to assist racial and ethnic minority seniors in Stanford Chronic Disease Self Management Program techniques.

  • Grantee: Asociacion Pro Personas Mayores
  • Contact: http://www.anppm.org/default.cfm?PID=1.5
  • Website: http://www.anppm.org/
  • Audience: Hispanic elderly and other low income persons
  • Summary: Project Bienestar, is implementing approaches to chronic disease self management that will enable Hispanic older persons to develop the confidence and motivation needed to manage the challenges of living with a chronic disease. The project goal is to establish a national network of bilingual peer volunteers trained to introduce Hispanic elders to practical skills and to knowledge that will help them understand their chronic disease.

  • Grantee: National Asian Pacific Center on Aging
  • Contact: 206-624-1221 or 800-336-2722
  • Website: http://www.napca.org/
  • Audience: Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in their senior years.
  • Summary: NAPCA Technical Assistance Center’s goal is to improve Asian/Pacific Islander (API) seniors’ health care and quality of life while reducing the cost of health care for this group. This culturally diverse population is composed of at least “26 census-defined API ethnic groups” with a wide range of health disparities among the different API ethnic subgroups.

  • Grantee: National Indian Council on Aging, Inc.
  • Contact: info@nicoa.org
  • Website: http://www.nicoa.org/
  • Audience: Native American elders and organizations and caregivers caring for American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN)
  • Summary: NICOA’s goal is to increase the quality of life for caregivers caring for AI/AN elders afflicted by dementia. Improving the quality of for caregivers will also improve the elder’s quality of life as he/she experiences the effects of a cognitive decline.

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National Resource Center on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Aging

  • Grantee: Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
  • Contact: info@lgbtagingcenter.org or 212-741-2247
  • Website: http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/
  • Audience: Mainstream aging organizations, LGBT organizations and LGBT elders
  • Summary: This resource center is designed to educate mainstream aging services organizations about the existence and special needs of LGBT elders, sensitize LGBT organizations to the existence and special needs of older adults, and educate LGBT individuals about the importance of planning ahead for future long-term care needs.

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National Resource Centers for Native American Elders

  • Grantee: University of Hawaii
  • Contact: 808-956-7009
  • Website: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/about/contact.html
  • Audience: Native Hawaiian Elders and family caregivers
  • Summary: The centers goal is to develop and disseminate knowledge on health and long-term care to increase and improve the delivery of services to Native Hawaiian elders and their family caregivers.

  • Grantee: University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Contact: 907-786-4329
  • Website: http://elders.uaa.alaska.edu/contact.htm
  • Audience: Alaska Native Elders organizations working with this population, Tribal Councils and Title VI programs in the State of Alaska.
  • Summary: The goal of this proposal is to increase elder mental health through collaboration by decreasing the absence of respect (elder mistreatment), safety and wellness by coordinating organizational service delivery and expanding elder knowledge of available services and programs.

  • Grantee: University of North Dakota
  • Contact: 800-896-7628
  • Website: http://ruralhealth.und.edu/projects/nrcnaa/
  • Audience: Tribes, community-based and other organizations who deal directly with American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians in their communities.
  • Summary: The goal of the program is to improve the quality of life for Native elders through research, training, and technical assistance. UND seeks to identify and increase awareness of evolving Native elder health and social issues and to empower Native people to develop community based solutions to meet their most pressing needs.

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Last Modified: 12/31/1600