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 Minnesota-North Dakota provides support, education, training and other resources to increase knowledge and to support those facing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. The organization offers offer peer and professionally led support groups for caregivers and others living with Alzheimer's disease; in-depth personalized service for individuals and families who are facing decisions and challenges associated with Alzheimer’s and other dementias; education programs; and a dementia care certification program that provides recognition for knowledge of quality dementia care practices.

Community of Care - Cass County, ND
The goal of Community of Care is to keep seniors in their homes as long as safely possible. The Community of Care provides a wide variety of programs and services focused on enhancing the quality of life for older adults in rural Cass County. The staff and volunteers 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.

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.

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 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
North Dakota Senior Service Providers is made up of 30 non-profit agencies which provide services to senior citizens throughout the State of North Dakota. These 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 . Northland PACE serves communities across North Dakota with locations in Bismarck, Dickinson, and Minot.

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 and resources about skilled nursing facilities in North Dakota and other information related to skilled care.

Valley Senior Services
Provides services to seniors throughout the Red River Valley, such as Meals on Wheels, transportation services, connecting seniors with supportive resources, etc.


Family Caregiver Alliance
The mission of Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers and the people who receive their care. FCA delivers programs at the local, regional, and national levels. FCA’s services include assessment, care planning, direct care skills, wellness programs, respite services, and legal/financial consultation vouchers. Ongoing support is available with FCA, also now on a digital service platform. FCA is a longtime advocate for caregivers in the areas of policy, health and social system development, research, and public awareness, on the state, national and international levels. Gerontological Society of America Their mission is to to promote the conduct of multi- and interdisciplinary research in aging by expanding the quantity of gerontological research and by increasing its funding resources, to disseminate gerontological research knowledge to researchers, to practitioners, and to decision and opinion makers, and to promote, support, and advocate for aging education. Legal Services of North Dakota.

Meals on Wheels America
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.

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.

Self-Management Resource Center
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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