Communicating Aging in Place Successes
When implementing an aging in place program for rural communities, it is also important to share lessons learned
and the impact your aging in place program had within the community. Sharing successes allows other rural
communities to improve, modify, or develop new programs of their own.
Using personal stories and testimonials when communicating a program's successes and lessons learned can help
increase information processing. For example, bringing in the voices of the older adults who have benefited from
the program can provide authenticity to the message, increasing the influence of the program's dissemination
strategy. Using narratives like this can be a valuable tool for explaining aging in place programs to important
audiences, including participants, family members, community members, funders, and policymakers.
Programs should use a variety of dissemination methods to share project findings and successes of rural aging in
place at the local, state, and national levels in order to reach as many people as possible. More information
about what and how to share about a program's
success and lessons learned can be found
in the Rural Health Information Hub's Rural Community Health Toolkit.
Resources to Learn More
and Dissemination Strategies to Facilitate the Use of Health-Related Evidence
A systematic review that discusses effective communication methods and formats, a variety of approaches for
disseminating evidence, and ways to communicate uncertainty to different target audiences.
Organization(s): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Creating an Effective Dissemination
Provides an overview of what a dissemination plan is, key considerations to an
effective dissemination plan, a CDC example, and various resources.
Author(s): Elsberry, L., & Mirambeau, A.
Organization(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention