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Community Partnerships for Older Adults (CPFOA) is a
national program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help communities develop leadership, innovative solutions and
options to meet the needs of older adults over the long term.
To improve the long term care system by engaging
community-based organizations, older adults, policymakers and other
stakeholders in determining how to best meet the needs of older adults,
ensuring their independence and dignity. Knowing each community faces its own
unique challenges and acknowledging there is no “one size fits all” approach
to the needs of older adults, solutions must be developed by a diverse group
of organizations and individuals within each community.
The American population is growing older and living longer.
The long term care system is not prepared to meet these changes, much less
fulfill older adults’ expectations – it is under-funded, uncoordinated, biased
toward institutional care, and characterized by significant gaps in essential
services. The consequences for older adults and their family caregivers can
include reduced quality of life, unnecessary health problems, and premature
Who We Are
CPFOA currently supports 16 communities
in deciding how best to care for their older adult population now and in the
future. Each community has established a partnership that is developing
innovative solutions to help older citizens remain in their homes and
neighborhoods and to continue to live full, rich lives.
CPFOA has awarded a
total of $28 million to these partnerships for planning and implementation.
Each community is engaged in:
- Mobilizing their community to improve long term care;
- Strengthening their community’s partnerships;
- Leveraging public and private resources in response to
their community’s needs;
- Promoting a better quality of life and care for older
adults and their caregivers;
- Enhancing available choices and decision making for older
adults and within existing and new programs; and
- Responding to a diverse range of needs of individual
partnerships in the grantee communities are willing to share their principles,
tools and lessons learned to help other local communities create environments
where everyone can age well.
- Partnerships honor, engage, listen and respond to older adults as
- Partnerships trust and provide a place to ask for help, knowing
someone else may have a solution.
- Partnerships create a “neutral table” and allow members to rise
above individual organizational boundaries.
- Partnerships allow groups to address systems change rather than
just implementing programs.
- Partnerships enhance local leadership and increase local
- Partnerships bring non-traditional partners to the table –
public, private and non-profit organizations as well as elected officials, business
leaders, and educational organizations.
- Partnerships give focus to the overall issue of long term care.
- Partnerships raise the level of awareness of long term care,
craft the community’s agenda, and create consensus.
- Partnership structure is critical to addressing the nature of
long term care needs, which are holistic and need holistic solutions.
- Partnerships define outcomes and focus on meeting needs, not
simply providing services.
- Partnership results are responsive to broader community needs;
improving systems for older adults benefits the entire community.
- Partnerships foster shared leadership in response to the real
life events in leaders’ lives, including mentoring new leaders.
- Partnerships work to build relationships that lay the groundwork
for lasting change.
- Partnership work allows for tackling multiple phases of program
planning and implementation at once.