engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults
Research suggests that remaining socially engaged improves quality of life and is associated with better physical, mental and emotional health. In addition, people who are socially engaged in their communities can share their knowledge, talent, skills, experience and wisdom—resulting in a positive and powerful impact on their communities. Social engagement can also help prevent social isolation and loneliness, which have increasingly been recognized as critical and growing public health issues impacting the lives of millions of older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers.
engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults is a national effort working to increase the social engagement of older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers by expanding and enhancing the Aging Network’s capacity to offer social engagement. Administered by USAging, funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging (part of the U.S. Administration for Community Living) and guided by a Project Advisory Committee, engAGED identifies and disseminates information about emerging trends and best practices and develops resources and replication tools to support social engagement efforts in the Aging Network.
To learn more about emerging trends and access resources and replication strategies that the Aging Network can use and tailor in their communities, visit engagingolderadults.org.
engAGED is guided by a Project Advisory Committee who identify and share social engagement insights from their fields of expertise.
Meredith Hanly, Director, engAGED and National Technical Assistance Center on Grandfamilies & Kinship Families