Ideas at work

Find initiatives and collaborations addressing the needs of older adults and learn about proven strategies for action.

Initiatives and Collaborations

AARP North Dakota
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of millions of people age 50 and older who believe that, as we gain life experience, we also gain new perspectives and discover new possibilities. In North Dakota the AARP team consists of talented staff and volunteers who work diligently to share reliable, life-enhancing information on a variety of topics like planning for retirement, avoiding fraud and scams, caregiving for loved ones, brain health, exploring new careers and work, and re-imagining life opportunities.

Adults and Aging Services of North Dakota, North Dakota Department of Human Services
The Department of Human Services administers programs and services that help older adults and people with physical disabilities to live safely and productively in the least restrictive, appropriate setting.

Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. The Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter is one of over 70 Alzheimer's Association chapters serving communities across the United States.

Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides chronic disease prevention and health promotion information for North Dakota.

Community of Care - Cass County, ND
The goal of Community of Care is keep seniors in their homes as long as safely possible. They assist older persons and others in need in rural Cass County to have access to health, human and spiritual services essential to the maintenance of their well-being and offered within a community of faith.

Family Caregiver Alliance
Family Caregiver Alliance supports and sustains the work of caregivers. On their website you can find information on living arrangements for older people and adults with disabilities who do not live at home, including assisted living facilities, board and care homes, independent living communities and nursing homes. You will find programs specific to your state and national organizations directing you to local resources.

Gerontological Society of America
Their mission is to disseminate gerontological research knowledge to researchers, to practitioners, and to decision and opinion makers and promote multi- and interdisciplinary research.

Legal Services of North Dakota
Legal Services of North Dakota is a non-profit organization, providing legal assistance in a variety of matters to low income and elderly North Dakotans.

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota (LSSND) provides a variety of resources to the community.  Through its commitment to empowering seniors to live independently as they age, LSSND facilitates programs such as Senior Companions and Aging Life Care Management ™ to provide local seniors companionship as well as helping caregivers navigate aging services.

Meals on Wheels
The Meals on Wheels Association of America is composed of and represents local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well as the U.S. Territories.

National Resource Center on Native American Aging 
The National Resource Center on Native American Aging is committed to identifying Native elder health and social issues. Through education, training, and technical assistance, they assist in developing community-based solutions to improve the quality of life and delivery of related support services to the Native aging population.

NDSU Extension; Aging Well 
NDSU Extension aims to share research findings in the areas of education and overall well-being with the rest of the state. “Aging Well” is a website developed by NDSU Gerontology and contains resources for seniors and caregivers listing programs and research findings.

North Dakota Hospice Organization
The North Dakota Hospice Organization (NDHO) exists to promote quality end-of-life care and to support the individual North Dakota hospice programs in providing hospice care to the people of North Dakota.

North Dakota Insurance Department
Provides choices and access to high-quality insurance products and services at competitive prices.

North Dakota Long Term Care Association
NDLTCA is a professional and advocacy organization representing assisted living, basic care, and nursing facilities in North Dakota.

North Dakota Senior Service Providers
The North Dakota Service Providers is a statewide organization consisting of the agencies that provide services to older persons in North Dakota. The agencies operate in each of the 53 counties and four Native American reservations in the state.

Northland PACE Senior Care Services
Northland PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Senior Care Services has at its core the goal of helping people age 55 and older stay healthy, independent, and remain in their homes and communities as long as possible

Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)
The Rural Assistance Center was established as a rural health and human services information portal. RAC helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.

Skilled Nursing Homes (NDDoH)
Information about skilled nursing facilities in North Dakota and other information related to skilled care.

Vital Aging Network
Helps older adults be self-sufficient, live fulfilling and meaningful lives, and contribute to vital communities.

Evidence Based Strategies

These websites identify proven strategies to address this topic area. Keep in mind that each source differs in their definition of what is "evidence-based" or "proven."

Center for Healthy Aging, National Council on Aging
The Center provides information on the highest level criteria evidence-based programs compiled by the National Council on Aging.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Stanford School of Medicine
Evidence-based program used in community settings to give people the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives.

Healthy IDEAS: Replication report
An evidence-based program designed to detect depression and reduce the severity of depressive symptoms among community-dwelling older adults.

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Community of Care - Cass County, ND
The goal of this nonprofit organization is to keep seniors and older adults in their rural Cass County homes and communities, as long as safely possible. They believe in assisting their clients to maintain their independence, while maintaining their dignity and providing peace of mind. They value the rural way of life and provide community-based support.

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North Dakota Compass

Center for Social Research
North Dakota State University

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