In order to successfully implement a rural aging in place program, it is important to get community buy-in and
to develop partnerships among the various individuals, providers, and organizations who will be involved in the
program. Through identifying and assembling community partners and stakeholders, the program can connect with
community assets and resources as well as meet the needs of older adults more easily.
There are multiple potential partners to consider recruiting, from the older adults themselves to their
providers, caregivers, and loved ones. Because of the diversity of programs involved, it may also be helpful
to partner with:
Architects and home remodelers
Clinics and hospitals
Health insurance plans
Organizations that could provide in aging place-specific provider trainings
Whichever partners are selected for inclusion, it is important that they are brought into the process early in
order to help facilitate successful implementation of the program. It may also be important to partner with
local community leadership in order to get their support for ongoing efforts of the program. Such partnerships
can be useful to promote the benefits of having a vibrant, engaged older population aging in place.
Resources to Learn More
Guiding Principles for the
Sustainability of Age-Friendly Community Efforts
Discusses how five US regions have fostered partnerships with other domestic and international
organizations interested in creating environments for an aging population.
Organizations(s): Grantmakers In Aging