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Listening Sessions with Older Americans

How can we better understand the needs of older Americans to shape national policies that enable them to age well with purpose?

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The Project

Federal policymakers released a framework on aging to inform policies that will help older Americans age in home and community. However, policymakers often operate at a distance from the lived experiences of older adults, particularly those with the greatest economic and social need. PPL will facilitate listening sessions that bring together older adults to discuss aging and their needs and experiences within the four domains in the national framework.

The Outcome

Based on the listening sessions, PPL will help develop research findings about older Americans’ needs and opportunities. These findings will inform a future national plan on aging being developed by the cross departmental Interagency Coordinating Committee on Healthy Aging and Age-Friendly Communities (ICC).

Listening Sessions with Older Americans

How can we better understand the needs of older Americans to shape national policies that enable them to age well with purpose?

Partners & Funders

The Project

Federal policymakers released a framework on aging to inform policies that will help older Americans age in home and community. However, policymakers often operate at a distance from the lived experiences of older adults, particularly those with the greatest economic and social need. PPL will facilitate listening sessions that bring together older adults to discuss aging and their needs and experiences within the four domains in the national framework.

The Outcome

Based on the listening sessions, PPL will help develop research findings about older Americans’ needs and opportunities. These findings will inform a future national plan on aging being developed by the cross departmental Interagency Coordinating Committee on Healthy Aging and Age-Friendly Communities (ICC).

Project Background

Older Americans encounter challenges aging in place due to various factors, such as limited access to healthcare, inadequate housing options, and social isolation. Federal policymakers want to hear about what older Americans need, especially Americans in underserved parts of the country. To address this, the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Healthy Aging and Age-Friendly Communities (ICC), established by the authority of the Older Americans Act, developed a national framework on aging that can support older Americans in aging in place while accessing preventive healthcare and long-term services and supports. A key goal is to hear directly from older adults– particularly those with the greatest economic and social need–to ensure policies are reflective of needs and preferences.

The SCAN Foundation (TSF), a National Plan on Aging Community Engagement Collaborative partner with the ICC, seeks to gather input and feedback from older Americans with the greatest economic and social need on major areas of need and opportunity that can be addressed through the national framework. PPL will gather this input by facilitating listening sessions that amplify the voices and lived experiences of older
Americans, to inform the national plan. During the listening sessions, older adults will discuss aging and the four domains in the national framework: Age-Friendly Communities, Coordinated Housing and Supportive Services, Increased Access to Long-Term Services and Supports, and Aligned Health Care and Supportive Services.

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