A basic demographic questionnaire developed by the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). This tool can be used to collect minimal demographic information for focus groups and other project activities. Because it is brief, it can also be easily combined with other assessment instruments. It can be adjusted and adapted to meet program needs.
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Sustainability Resources (2011 CIAIP Grantee Conference Workshop)
In January 2011, the CIAIP TAG Team organized a conference for CIAIP grantees and AoA staff in Washington, D.C. Over one and a half days, grantees attended presentations and workshops led by TAG Team members, grantees, and others on a variety of topics, which were chosen based on advance input from the grantees. These are handouts and a follow-up presentation for the Sustainability workshop (led by TAG Team member Phil Stafford of Indiana University and CIAIP National Advisory Group Chair, Fredda Vladeck).
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EQ-5D (and User Guide)
The EQ-5D is a widely used, validated and simple quality of life measure, developed by the EuroQol Group, a team of international multidisciplinary researchers devoted to the measurement of health status. The document includes the instrument and instructions.
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SPNS/Measurement Group Quality of Life Instrument
The Quality of Life instrument can be used to assess multiple quality of life dimensions, including health, enjoyment of life, household duties, leisure time, social relationships, and general quality of life. The tool was developed collaboratively by The Measurement Group and the HRSA/SPNS program.
Culture Card: American Indian and Alaska Native: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness
This guide was developed by an ad hoc group of U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officers and is available on the SAMHSA website. The guide is intended to serve as a general briefing to enhance cultural competence while providing services to AI/AN communities. It provides basic information on common AI/AN issues. Due to the diversity of tribes in the nation, the authors suggest users keep in mind that it should be supplemented by a more specific local orientation or training provided by a member of the particular tribal community.
Affordable Care Act: Opportunities for the Aging Network
The AoA website includes numerous resources related to Health Reform and the Aging Network. The Affordable Care Act: Opportunities for the Aging Network outlines opportunities for the aging network to be involved in health system reform in the areas of payment reform, quality, and delivery system redesign.
The Bellaire, TX grantee, Neighborhood Centers Inc., applied Appreciative Inquiry to their CIAIP project. The resources they used include HAPIâ€™s Appreciative Inquiry Process, Interview Questionnaire, the Neighborhood Aging Agenda Assessment, Survey Description, and Interview Guide.
Partnership Cheat Sheet
The Partnership Cheat Sheet was developed by CIAIP National Advisory Committee member Kathryn Lawler as a follow-up to her informative presentation during a CIAIP Teleconference.
Lifelong South Cobb Framework
The Atlanta Grantee developed a framework displaying the main activities for their proposed community capacity building project, Lifelong South Cobb County. The Framework uses a clean design and can be adapted for use by other community-based organizations.
Evaluation Tips from the CIAIP TAG Team
This document includes general guidance, in the form of â€œtips,â€ for planning and implementing a program evaluation.
Why is Evaluation Important?
The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) developed a brief overview highlighting the importance of evaluation to program staff and the outside world. The uses of evaluation listed in the document can partially inform evaluation questions and design.
Template for Meeting Notes & Documentation
The Template for Meeting Notes & Documentation, developed by the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), provides guidelines for documenting progress on agenda items, unresolved issues, decisions made, action steps, and persons responsible. It can be adapted to meet program needs.
Focus Groups Recommendations and Guidelines
The Focus Groups Recommendations and Guidelines document was developed by the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). This document briefly describes the purpose of using focus groups, logistical considerations, and guidelines for facilitation.
NORC Blueprint provides guidelines for designing and managing high-quality NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) programs to serve the nationâ€™s seniors and their communities. The Blueprint website has information and tools that are useful for planning and implementation of a number of program models. www.norcblueprint.org
Build Your Brochure
John Beilenson, TAG Team Consultant, developed a strategic guide to developing brochures in response to grantee requests regarding best practices. The guide provides tips on identifying your objectives, determining your audience, creating a strong message, designing the look and feel of your brochure, and also suggests alternative vehicles for delivering your message.
GIAâ€™s Community AGEnda
Three publications by Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) (a national association of grantmakers that fund aging-related projects) introduce readers to the concept of â€œaging-friendly communitiesâ€ and provide resources and tools to help communities get started. GIAâ€™s Community AGEnda web page includes a primer on aging-friendly communities; a searchable database of 200 aging-friendly programs around the country; and a toolkit to help organizations get started.
Elderburbia: Aging with a Sense of Place, by Philip B. Stafford
CIAIP TAG Team consultant Phil Staffordâ€™s book draws on the field of ethnography and provides an understanding of how the aging experience is shaped by where people call home. See http://agingindiana.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/announcing-elderburbia-aging-with-a-sense-of-place-in-america/ and http://www.abc-clio.com/product.html?id=53914
ELAHP At Risk Assessment
The ELAHP At Risk Assessment was developed by the CIAIP Grantee in Boston, MA, Services to Help At-Risk Elders Age in Place (SHARE). The SHARE Team uses the form to evaluate older adults newly referred to the Elders Living at Home Program (ELAHP) to determine if they are "at risk" for homelessness. The form is completed by case managers and RNs after one or two home visits to prospective clients. The information is gleaned from the initial referral form, interviews with clients, and observation on home visits. In addition, individuals may be screened out of the program (not at greatest risk) based on this assessment and referred to more appropriate services.
CIAIP Presentation at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) Annual Conference and Tradeshow, 2010
Presenters Greg Case (AoAâ€™s CIAIP Program Officer), Mia Oberlink (TAG Team Project Director), and Laura Keyes (Atlanta Grantee) described the initiative, the diverse community activities, and the technical assistance provided.
Atlanta Grantee Presentations at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) Annual Conference and Tradeshow, 2010
Atlanta Grantees Laura Keyes and Cathie Berger discussed ways to address the challenges of an aging population. By reaching out across areas of expertise in planning, environment, and transportation the relationship between the built environment and aging in place become more defined. Cathie and Laura reviewed strategies to embed lifelong community principles and outlined potential solutions for aging in community. They emphasized application at both the policy and design/construction levels.
Health Indicators: A Proactive & Systematic Approach to Healthy Aging by Fredda Vladeck, Rebecca Segel, Mia Oberlink, Michal Gursen, and Danylle Rudin
Authored by CIAIP NAC and TAG Team members, this article describes a data-driven, community-based, collaborative effort in 34 low- and moderate-income communities in New York City. The Health Indicators in NORC (naturally occurring retirement community) Programs initiative, started in 2007, has enabled community-based programs with limited resources to become more systematic in addressing the management of clients with diabetes, heart disease, or an increased risk for falls. Published in Cityscape, (Volume 12, Number 2), a journal of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Also, click here to access the Health Indicators Survey Tool.
Occupational Therapy Resources
These resources on occupational therapy are recommended by the CIAIP Millersville, MD grantees:
The American Occupational Therapy Foundationâ€™s mission is to advance research in occupational therapy and raise public awareness of the importance of enabling individuals to participate fully in life regardless of their physical, social, mental, or developmental circumstances. The American Occupational Therapy Association offers resources about occupational therapy for educators, researchers, practitioners, and students.
Philâ€™s Adventures in Elderburbia
Philâ€™s Adventures in Elderburbia, is a blog written by Philip B. Stafford, Ph.D., TAG Team Consultant. Phil is the Director of the Center on Aging and Community, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, USA. He is a cultural anthropologist, involved with aging services, research and education for nearly 35 years. For the last ten years Phil has been a leader in the â€œelder-friendly communitiesâ€ movement, which shifts the focus on aging away from the individual â€œneedsâ€ of elders to the community context in which the aging experience is embedded. To receive notifications of new blog postings, send your request to email@example.com.
Level of Partnership Worksheet
The Level of Partnership Worksheet was developed by NORC Blueprint for community-based organizations. The seemingly simple diagramming of where each of your partners fits into three levels of partnership can shed light on roles and expectations, and can help guide how you work with your different partners.
National Council on Aging (NCOA)
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has numerous useful resources on its web site including Fact Sheets on senior centers, mature workers, healthy aging, falls prevention, economic security for seniors, chronic disease self-management, and benefits access.
Evidence-Based Toolkit for Addressing Chronic Disease
The Evidence Based Toolkit for Addressing Chronic Disease was developed by The Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Longevity of Hunter College/CUNY in partnership with the NYC Department for the Aging. Part I of the Toolkit is a compendium of programs that help community-based organizations become more effective in preventing and managing the seven most common chronic conditions among older adults, and Parts II and III provide instruments for measuring changes in health and well being among individuals with chronic health problems. http://brookdale.org/tools-and-resources/toolkits-and-how-to-manuals/.
Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP) compiled a list of 55 reports made available online in 2010 in HTML and/or PDF format. Report topics include elder abuse, the long-term care workforce, independent living, Medicare Special Needs Plans, long-term care insurance, and post-acute care. In addition to the reports, HTML and PDF versions of 17 questionnaires or worksheets are also posted.
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) provides
an e-newsletter and periodic E-news alerts that offer
up-to-date information on aging and health. These alerts
share information of importance with the Aging Network,
professionals in the disability community and others
interested in the needs and concerns of older adults and
people with disabilities.
Click here for more information or to subscribe.
Lists of opportunities, initiatives, and resources from AoA regarding the Affordable Care Act, Care Transitions, and Health Information Technology
As a follow-up to the CIAIP Teleconference on July 12, 2011, Abigail Morgan and Marisa Scala-Foley, from the Office of Policy, Analysis, and Development at AoA, compiled lists of links to opportunities, initiatives, and resources related to the Affordable Care Act, Care Transitions, and Health Information Technology.
Growing Smarter, Living Healthier: A Guide to Smart Growth and Active Aging
This guidebook was produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in August 2009. The guide provides information for older adults on ways they can get involved in community development activities such as land use, housing, and transportation. The guidebook also provides a list of resources on active aging and smart growth, and includes a tool for community self-assessment. Click here to view the guide online or download a pdf.
The Social Life of Health Information, 2011
This report was prepared by Susannah Fox, Associate Director of Digital Strategy at the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The report presents survey findings about trends in Internet use including social networking sites, hospital and doctor review sites, and mobile apps. Click here to view the report.
Home and Community-Based Long-Term Services and Supports for Older People
This fact sheet was written by Enid Kassner of the AARP Public Policy Institute and a CIAIP NAC Member. The fact sheet includes definitions of home and community-based long-term services and supports (HCBS), funding sources for HCBS, and housing options. Click here to view this report and related reports from the AARP Public Policy Institute.
The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center (foundationcenter.org) maintains a comprehensive database on U.S., and increasingly global, grantmakers and their grants. It issues a wide variety of print, electronic, and online information resources; conducts and publishes research on trends in foundation growth, giving, and practice; and offers an array of free and affordable educational programs.
Health Literacy Interventions and Outcomes: An Updated Systematic Review
This report was prepared by investigators at RTI International with support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and published in March 2011. The team of authors was led by Nancy D. Berkman, Ph.D., and Stacey Sheridan, M.D., M.P.H. Links were found between low health literacy and a lower likelihood of getting flu shots and understanding medical labels and instructions, and a greater likelihood of taking medications incorrectly compared with adults with higher health literacy. The authors concluded that intensive self and/or disease self management programs appear to reduce disease severity, emergency room visits, and hospital admissions among patients with limited health literacy. Click to view the press release and the full report.
County Health Rankings
County Health Rankings (www.countyhealthrankings.org) is published online by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This includes a set of reports and tools ranking the health of nearly every county in the U.S. The Rankings are based on county-level data and are designed to help public health advocates, community leaders, policy makers, and community residents assess the health of their county residents, compare those findings with other counties in their respective states, and identify ways to improve the health of their communities.
ITNAmerica (itnamerica.org) is a unique program providing rides to thousands of seniors nationwide. The program allows older people to trade their own cars to pay for rides, and enables volunteer drivers to store transportation credits for their own future transportation needs. ITNAmerica offers live webinars every two weeks covering topics including: (1) What is the Independent Transportation Network and how does it work? (2) How to start the ITN in your community. (3) Meet ITN founders from affiliate communities across the country-how did they do it? and (4) ITNAmerica information technology, including the enterprise software that connects ITNAmericaâ€™s national network.
Connecting Residents of Subsidized Housing with Mainstream Supportive Services: Challenges and Recommendations by Rebecca Cohen
This report was prepared by the National Housing Conference and the Center for Housing Policy through the What Works Collaborative. The report identifies four pathways through which the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) could strengthen and expand the role of subsidized housing as a platform for services that enrich residentsâ€™ health, safety, economic self-sufficiency, and quality of life.
Administration on Aging (AoA) Care Transition Webinar Series
In 2011 AoA began a series of webinars focused on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (also known as the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) and its impact on the Aging Network. The first webinar in the series was held on Monday, January 24, 2011. This webinar, entitled Care Transitions: What Do These Programs Look Like? And How Can the Aging Network Play a Role?, presented an overview of current evidence-based care transitions models, the role that the aging network can play in care transition programs, and why this work is so important for the aging network.
National Resource Center for Human Service Transportation Coordination, Technical Assistance Provider Network
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration and partners at the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education support a range of technical assistance initiatives for coordinating human service transportation. These programs and centers are charged with providing training, resources, and direct assistance to communities and states interested in enhancing the mobility and transportation options for all citizens, including older adults, individuals with disabilities, and people with lower incomes. Several of the resources also deal with general transportation issues. Click to view the Technical Assistance Provider Network.
Safety Assessment of Function and the Environment for Rehabilitation â€“ Health Outcome Measurement and Evaluation (SAFER-HOME) v.3
The SAFER-HOME v.3 is an occupational therapy assessment tool recommended by our Millersville, MD grantees. The tool was developed for use with older adults and adults with disabilities living in the community. The SAFER-HOME v.3 consists of a user-friendly checklist grouped into 12 areas: living situation, mobility, environmental hazards, kitchen, household, eating, bathroom and toilet, medication, addiction and abuse, leisure, communication and scheduling, personal care and wandering. The manual includes guidelines for conducting a comprehensive assessment and suggests ways for resolving the concerns identified. The manual is available for sale by VHA Rehab Solutions.
The MetLife Report on Aging in Place 2.0: Rethinking Solutions to the Home Care Challenge
This report explores steps that need to be taken to develop a care delivery system to meet the future care needs of individuals who would like to age in place. The report was prepared by the MetLife Mature Market Institute (MMI) in conjunction with Louis Tenenbaum and can be downloaded directly from the MMI website or via the link below.
Cityscape, A Journal of Policy Development and Research
Cityscape is a journal of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Summer 2010 issue (Volume 12, Number 2) is devoted to a symposium on â€œAging in Place.â€ The articles can be downloaded directly from Cityscapeâ€™s website.
Resource Inventory Tool
A Toolkit for Serving Diverse Communities
This Toolkit from the U.S. Administration on Aging provides the Aging Network and its partners with a replicable and easy-to-use method for providing respectful, inclusive, and sensitive services for any diverse community. The Toolkit consists of a four-step process and a questionnaire that assists professionals, volunteers and grassroots advocates with every stage of program planning, implementation and service delivery for older adult communities, their families and caregivers.
Aging Well in Communities: A Toolkit for Planning, Engagement & Action
The Center for Civic Partnerships produced a toolkit outlining a community-based planning process to promote healthy aging. Aging Well in Communities: A Toolkit for Planning, Engagement & Action is a user-friendly guide to help local governments, human service providers, community groups and other partners plan now to address both the challenges and opportunities that are coming. The toolkit is based on the Centerâ€™s research and experience over the past several years assisting communities in planning for healthy aging. The Center for Civic Partnershipsâ€™ mission is to provide leadership and management support to build healthier communities and more effective nonprofit organizations. Its parent organization is the Public Health Institute (PHI), one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the United States.
Aging & Disability Resource Center Technical Assistance Exchange
The Aging & Disability Resource Center Technical Assistance Exchange web site contains useful resources on numerous topics. Comprehensive Assessment includes a variety of assessment instruments being used by various agencies in 12 states. Some of these wide-ranging tools are comprehensive (such as the Rhode Island Universal Comprehensive Assessment), others are more targeted (such as the caregiver assessment tool from the Family Caregiver Alliance). And Intake and Screening provides additional tools and state intake procedures.
Caregiver Self-Assessment Questionnaire
The Caregiver Self-Assessment Questionnaire was developed by the American Medical Association (AMA) and can be used for evaluation and planning purposes.
Coalition Effectiveness Inventory (CEI)
The Coalition Effectiveness Inventory, developed by Frances Butterfoss, is a useful tool for community organizations engaged in partnership development and evaluation.
Compendium of Community Aging Initiatives
The Compendium of Community Aging Initiatives was published in March 2010 by the Center for Social Services Research with support from the MetLife Foundation. The Compendium provides information on 121 initiatives and organizations across the country that are helping communities become more aging friendly. The Center for Social Services Research is housed in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley. See ####research_units/casas/documents/Compendium_Final_031110.pdf
Generations â€“ Journal of the American Society on Aging
Generationsâ€™ Spring 2010 (Volume 32, Number 1) theme, â€œEvidence-Based Practice: Critical Thinking About Translating Research Into Practice,â€ is a useful resource for community-based organizations that want to implement evidence-based programs with their clients. Also see the ASA website.
Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR)
Affordable Care Act | Aging in Place | Assessment | Community Innovation | Cultural Competency | Documentation | Evaluation | Evidence-Based Practice | Intervention | Transportation | Volunteering | Newsletter | Report | Website
The Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) is an electronic newsletter produced by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Subscribers to the email list receive a daily notice of newspaper articles related to the field of aging, as well as a weekly report including data updates from government and non-governmental sources, reports, press releases, websites, journal tables of contents, and conferences and grant announcements. Click here for more information about CAAR and to subscribe.
International Labour Organization (ILO) Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work
The ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work was developed in order to guide countries in generating systematic and comparable data on volunteer work through supplements to labor force surveys. The manual defines volunteering in detail. It also contains appendices with survey questions and classifications of volunteer activities. The manual may be useful to grantees interested in including questions about volunteering in a survey.
Progress in Community Health Partnerships
Progress in Community Health Partnerships is a national, peer reviewed journal whose mission is to identify and publicize model programs that use community partnerships to improve public health, promote progress in the methods of research and education involving community health partnerships, and stimulate action that will improve the health of people and communities.
Teaching Cultural Competence in Nursing and Health Care, by Marianne R. Jeffreys
This hands-on, user-friendly book reveals a systematic seven-step approach that helps take nurses, educators, professional association leaders, managers, students, and other health care providers from their own starting point toward optimal cultural competence. The book provides ready-to-use materials for planning, implementing, and evaluating cultural competence education strategies and programs. See http://www.springerpub.com/product/9780826117878
Bandwidth is an online source for communications tools and information from the John A. Hartford Foundation. The site is designed to help Hartford grantees and other professionals enhance, strengthen, and add visual impact to a variety of publications, presentations, and communications about aging and health. Visitors may be particularly interested in Bandwithâ€™s answers to the following questions:
Case Study Interview Guide (Learning from Older Adults in Howard County Maryland)
TAG Team Evaluation Consultant, Linda Weiss of the New York Academy of Medicine, helped the Millersville, MD CIAIP grantee (Opting for Independenceâ€”OFI) develop a guide used to interview older residents of Howard County. Stair Masters and Stairlifts and Resiliency in Older Adults are OFIâ€™s two reports detailing outcomes of this interview project.
This National Council on Aging (NCOA) website helps older adults learn about and access available benefits, such as benefit programs that can help older adults pay for medications, health care, food, utilities and more. See www.benefitscheckup.org
Strategic Communications Presentation (2011 CIAIP Grantee Conference)
In January 2011, the CIAIP TAG Team organized a conference for CIAIP grantees and AoA staff in Washington, D.C. Over one and a half days, grantees attended presentations and workshops led by TAG Team members, grantees, and others on a variety of topics, which were chosen based on advance input from the grantees. TAG Team member John Beilenson of Strategic Communications and Planning led the Communications workshop, and this is his presentation.
The AdvantAge Initiative
Developed by the Center for Home Care Policy & Research of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the AdvantAge Initiative is a planning tool for communities that would like to measure and improve their elder-friendliness. See: www.advantageinitiative.org
Health Indicators Survey Tool
The Health Indicators Survey is a comprehensive
assessment tool that can help providers serving older
adults discover the main health risks in the populations
that they serve. See:
PHQ-9 (the 9 item depression scale on the Patient Health Questionnaire)
The PHQ-9 is a widely used, quick initial assessment to help clinicians identify whether a patient or client may be depressed. It can be found at: http://www.integration.samhsa.gov/images/res/PHQ%20-%20Questions.pdf
In-Home Safety Survey (from Seniors Count Community Connections)
This survey was used by CIAIPâ€™s Manchester, NH grantees to assess the safety of older adultsâ€™ homes, including a review of lighting, bathroom accommodations such as grab bars, clutter and other hazards, smoke detectors, and other home features that have the potential to cause accidents and emergencies. The survey can be downloaded here or found at: http://www.seniorscountnh.org/pdf/SafetySurvey.pdf
Seniors Count Community Connections Pre-Screening Matrix
Seniors Count (the project of CIAIPâ€™s Manchester, NH grantee) used this matrix as an initial screening tool to help determine whether an older adult may be an appropriate client for the Seniors Count initiative.