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Aging In Community Progress Report

Aging in Community Subcommittee Strategic Plan Progress Report Details Significant Progress Made Towards Building an Age-Friendly Rhode Island

In December 2016,  the Aging in Community Subcommittee Issued a Strategic Plan encompassing 74 recommended actions related to nine interconnected domains essential to healthy aging in community.

This progress report highlights the momentous progress made in implementing the Strategic Plan since its inception three years ago.  Of the Plan’s 74 recommended actions, an impressive 78% have either been implemented or are currently in progress. These significant achievements to promote opportunities for older Rhode Islanders to age in the communities of their choice result from intentional collective legislative and administrative advocacy in conjunction with efforts by workgroups organized by Age-Friendly RI.

Three Reports, One Objective

To successfully build an age-friendly community, it is vital to understand and anticipate the changes, challenges and opportunities facing Rhode Islanders as they age. This work began in October 2014 with the formation of the Aging in Community Subcommittee of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council, which began gathering information about aging-related issues.

The Final Report of the work, as well as the Executive Summary - which outlines the research, focus group findings and interviews with key service providers - offers a clear picture of where we are and where we are going. All of this data provided the basis for the Strategic Plan. The Age-Friendly RI coalition of stakeholders is now working to implement the plan.

Acknowledgements

Funding to support the focus groups was partially provided by the Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs, with funds from the Older Americans Act, to assist in the development of Rhode Island's State Plan on Aging and in part by grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

Strategic Plan

Rhode Island's Strategic Plan summarizes goals and objectives, and describes the strategic actions needed to build an Age-Friendly Rhode Island.

This plan will be continually updated as the Age-Friendly Rhode Island coalition progresses.

(24 pages)

Executive Summary

Rhode Island's Executive Summary Report provides a quick overview of the work of the Aging in Community Subcommittee of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council.

This report summarizes research on the needs of older Rhode Islanders, gaps in services, and recommended strategies to promote an Age-Friendly Rhode Island.

(12 pages)

Full Report

Rhode Island's Full Report contains the complete findings of the Aging in Community Subcommittee of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council.

This report includes a summary of ten focus groups conducted with older adults across the state of Rhode Island. The report includes a summary of gaps in services to assist older adults and research on best practices and details on the recommended strategies to promote an Age Friendly Rhode Island.

(62 pages)