Best Practices for Addressing America's Maturing Population
A study on the maturing of America released by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging identified a number of “Best Practices” for communities to consider in addressing the needs of an aging population. Among the study’s recommendations:
- Preventive health care, such as health and “lifestyle” education, immunizations and screenings, to reduce injuries and the onset of chronic diseases, as well as a range of in-home health assistance to help people stay in their homes longer.
- Nutrition education to promote healthy eating throughout a person’s lifespan, as well as nutritious community-sponsored programs such as home-delivered meals for those who have difficulty or are unable to prepare their own meals.
- Transportation options for people who cannot or do not want to drive.
- Home modification programs that make necessary adjustments for people with special needs. Zoning and subdivision plans that promote a variety of affordable, accessible housing located near medical, commercial and other desired services, as well as shared housing options for older adults and their caregivers.
- Single point of entry for information and access to ALL aging information and services in the community, and the strategic expansion of necessary services to support the older adults to age with dignity and independence in their home and community.