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Healthy and Safe Community Environments

Healthy and Safe Community Environments

The National Prevention Strategy provides evidence-based Recommendations for Healthy and Safe Community Environments. Developing a healthy and safe community for older adults includes integrating the older adult population into preparedness planning, housing developments, and transportation. Additionally, nearly 20 percent of adults 65 or older have reported experiencing financial fraud. As an increasing number of older adults choose to age in place, it is essential we create and sustain a healthy and safe built environment for maintaining health in all stages of life.

Resources

The following materials are intended to help state and territorial governments and their partners implement the National Prevention Strategy to improve health outcomes for older adults by promoting healthy and safe community environments.

Public Health and Age-Friendly Communities
AARP
This issue brief explores partnership opportunities for state and local public health departments to promote well-designed, livable communities for all ages through the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.

Inspiration to Action: Implementing Projects to Support Active Living - 2011
AARP and the WALC Institute
This community guidance document focuses on tools, case studies, key concepts, planning guides, and action steps to aid the process for planning to create a healthier city infrastructure, engaging local government and the community at large.  

Complete Streets Complete Networks - Chapter 5, Processes: Implementing the Complete Streets Network
Active Transportation Policy
This guide contains performance measures and design processes that enable integration of active transportation into decisions and processes. This also serves as a comprehensive checklist for a Complete Streets plan.

Aging in Place: A Toolkit for Local Governments
Atlanta Regional Commission and the Community Housing Resource Center
This tool is designed to help local governments plan and prepare for their aging population. It presents a range of local strategies for adults living in the community, organized by critical issue areas: healthcare, environment, and planning and zoning.

CDC Disaster Planning Goal: Protect Vulnerable Older Adults
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), and the American Society on Aging (ASA)
This issue brief provides a snap shot of current scientific and programmatic information about protecting vulnerable older adults during disasters. The information is provided to inform professionals in both the public health and aging fields about disaster planning for aging populations, increase awareness, and highlight efforts being implemented to help address this critical issue.

Identifying Vulnerable Older Adults and Legal Options for Increasing their Protection During All-Hazards Emergencies: A Cross-Sector Guide for States and Communities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This guide aims to equip public health officials, the aging services network, emergency management, and essential partners from other sectors and at all jurisdictional levels with critical information, strategies, and resources to improve the planning for and protection of vulnerable community-dwelling older adults during all-hazards public health emergencies.

Disaster Planning Tips for Older Adults and their Families
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), and the American Society on Aging (ASA)
This critical issue brief provides a snap shot of current scientific and programmatic information about disaster planning tips for older adults and their families. The information is provided to inform professionals in both the public health and aging fields about disaster planning for aging populations, increase awareness, and highlight efforts being implemented to help address this critical issue.

CASPAR: Comprehensive Assessment and Solution Process For Aging Residents
Extended Home Living Services (EHLS)
CASPAR enables practitioners to identify a client's "Aging in Place Needs" and collect the types of information that can be used by knowledgeable building professionals and Occupational Therapists to specify the right modifications. CASPAR is currently used by professionals across the country.
 
Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Webinars
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
This seven-part webinar series is intended to help communities address pedestrian safety issues and initiate the steps to drafting a tailored pedestrian safety action plan, with topics ranging from funding to safety enforcement.

Financial Exploitation of Older Adults
Grantmakers in Aging
This website provides a range of research studies, policy recommendations around the prevalence of and strategies for reducing financial fraud and abuse.

Age-Friendly Communities: The Movement to Create Great Places to Grow Up and Grow Old in America
Grantmakers in Aging and The Pfizer Foundation
This publication was compiled to highlight all the efforts and strategies in the Community AGEnda: Improving America for All ages Initiative. The purpose is to utilize this publication to engage with private philanthropies, and local, state, and federal funders.

The Maturing of America: Communities Moving Forward for an Aging Population
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)
This report contains recommendations for ways in which communities can meet the challenges of aging populations. These recommendations were developed in response to the results of an extensive survey of local governments, but may also be relevant to state-level leaders.

Housing and Health Care: A Toolkit for Building Partnerships
LeadingAge Center
This toolkit will provide strategies and tactics on developing housing-health partnerships. Housing and health care partners have great potential in improving the quality of life for older adults. Both entities strive to help older adults remain healthy and independent for as long as possible.

A Blueprint for Action: Developing a Livable Community for All Ages
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Partners for Livable Communities, and MetLife Foundation
This guide provides local leaders with tools, resources, and best practices to create livable communities for people of all ages. It includes information based on community experiences in building local leadership and solving specific challenges related to aging.

Planning a Complete Streets Workshop
National Complete Streets Coalition
This website provides the resources needed to plan and schedule a highlight interactive Complete Streets Workshop to achieve one or more of the following: laying the foundation for Complete Streets in your community, developing and implementing a Complete Streets policy, and incorporating design consideration into Complete Streets policy implementation strategies. 

Support and Services At Home - A Care Management Model Utilizing Community Health Workers Issue Brief
Association of State & Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
This issue brief highlights Vermont's SASH model. SASH provides coordinated care to help the most vulnerable citizens, seniors, and individuals with special needs. SASH creates entirely new roles for housing providers by developing them into advocates that monitor the health and well-being of their residents and provide or coordinate services that allow residents to remain in their own homes.

Taking Action on Complete Streets: A Toolkit for Implementation
National Complete Streets Coalition
This guide provides the tools needed to engage in the five activities needed to reorient an agency's work to fully consider the safety of all users: implementation planning, changing the way decisions are made, reviewing and updating design guidance, offering training and educational opportunities, and measuring performance

Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices
National Conference of State Legislatures and AARP Public Policy Institute
This report examines state policies that are needed to help older adults age in place. These policies include integrating land use, housing and transportation; efficiently delivering services in the home; providing more transportation choices, particularly for older adults who no longer drive; and improving affordable, accessible housing to prevent social isolation.

Walkability Checklist
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC)
This checklist can assist in evaluating your community's walkability.

Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide 2009
The World Health Organization
This guide describes the converging trends of rapid growth of the population over 60 years of age and of urbanization, outlines the challenge facing cities, and summarizes the research process that led to identifying the core features of an age-friendly city.

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