Age-Friendly Rhode Island: Creating Partnerships and Building Community that Supports Rhode Islanders as They Age
Based at Rhode Island College, Age-Friendly RI is a coalition of community and state agencies, healthcare and social service providers, individuals of all ages, advocacy and faith-based organizations, businesses, academic institutions and municipal leaders who are committed to healthy aging.
Tufts Health Plan Foundation Momentum Fund
Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced the launch of the Momentum Fund, a new mini-grant program that advances age-friendly and dementia-friendly work in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Grants of up to $10,000 will support early-stage initiatives and innovative efforts; $100,000 has been allocated for each state where Tufts Health Plan does business.
RI Demographic Trends
Today, more than 217,000 Rhode Island residents are age 60 or older—that’s 20% of the population. By 2040 that figure is expected to rise to 264,238, an increase of nearly 75% over 30 years. These changing demographic trends present a unique opportunity to tap into Rhode Island's ingenuity, creativity and sense of community to develop solutions to the evolving needs in our State.
RI Healthy Aging Data
The Rhode Island 2016 Healthy Aging Data Report is an easy-to-use compilation of community-specific health-related information across 120 indicators of healthy aging for all 39 Rhode Island communities. Rhode Island is one of only two states in the nation to have such comprehensive data on healthy aging. You can use the Highlights Report and the full online database to inform your work to help make your community and Rhode Island more age-friendly.
Using The Data In Your Community
Rhode Island 2016 Healthy Aging Data Report can help guide program and policy decisions to support healthy aging and vibrant, healthier communities where you live and work. The report offers community profiles for all 39 cities and towns and key comparisons from community to community.
Learn More About Our Work
Based at Rhode Island College, Age-Friendly Rhode Island is a coalition of community and state agencies, healthcare and social service providers, individuals of all ages, advocacy and faith-based organizations, businesses, academic institutions and municipal leaders who are committed to healthy aging.
The Age-Friendly RI coalition enhances the work of our partners by engaging leaders who share a common interest in improving the lives of older adults, fostering cross sector opportunities to work together to deliver age-friendly impact, sharing best practices and communicating broadly, and joining forces for advocacy at the State and local level.
By Michelle LaFrance, Public Policy and Public Relations Specialist at Alzheimer’s Association Rhode Island Chapter — Alzheimer’s remains the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed and must remain a health care priority across the country. More than…
The Rhode Island College Foundation was recently awarded a grant totaling $3,500 from the national AARP Community Challenge, which received more than 1,600 applications from nonprofits and government entities from across the country. The award directly supports the work of Age-Friendly Rhode Island, an interdisciplinary, multi-sector coalition committed to healthy aging,…
By Susan E. Bouchard, Age-Friendly RI John Grimes, 75, of Warwick, R.I. made a promise to his wife on their wedding day that he’d be there for her in sickness and in health. It’s a vow he’s keeping. Gail, 73, a retired emergency room nurse, spends most of her days…
Thank You To Our Funder
Tufts Health Plan Foundation's mission is to improve the health and wellness of the diverse communities it serves. The only regional funder exclusively focused on healthy aging, the Foundation has given more than $27 million to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island nonprofits to support work focused on healthy living with an emphasis on older people.