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Health, Wellness, and Nutrition

Programs address prevention, chronic disease self-management, and more.

  • Behavioral Health - ACL provides resources for supporting behavioral health to aging and disability network community-based organizations. 
  • Brain Health - Information and tips about understanding and maintaining a healthy brain.
  • Care Transitions - This effort supports states to strengthen the Aging and Disability Resource Centers in implementing evidence-based care transition models to engage older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers for improving care transitions. 
  • Centers for Independent Living - These community-based non-profit organizations are consumer controlled and promote and practice the independent living philosophy. They offer a wide range of services, including many that can improve the health and wellness of people with disabilities. Many offer support in navigating health and service systems.
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management - These programs provide people with disabilities and older adults with education and tools to help them manage chronic conditions. 
  • Falls Prevention - These grants use evidence-based community programs to reduce falls, which is a leading cause of injury for older adults. 
  • Health Promotion - Grants to states and territories support programs for older adults to promote healthy lifestyles and support healthy behaviors.
  • Healthy Aging with a Disability - Resources from ACL, other federal agencies, and other organizations about healthy aging with a disability. 
  • HIV/AIDS - ACL provides tools and resources for helping people living with HIV/AIDS, particularly as they age.
  • I Can Do It! - This program helps schools offer physical fitness and nutrition education to students with disabilities.
  • Nutrition - Grants to states support nutrition services for older adults across the country through home-delivered meal and congregate meal providers. 
  • Oral Health - ACL promotes innovative oral health programs and provides information about this health issue.
  • University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) – ACL-funded centers at universities in every state and territory work to improve the health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities by training health professionals, conducting cutting-edge research, offering model diagnostic and clinical services, and providing resources for individuals, families and professionals.

Success Stories

Chicago Grantee Reaches Older Veterans with Virtual WRAP® (PDF, 142KB)

Guam Think Outside of the Box, Delivers Bags of Produce to Older Adults (PDF, 204KB)

Michigan Grantee Goes Virtual: Tai Chi for Arthritis & Falls Prevention (PDF, 107KB)

New York Café Helps Older Adults Stay Well: Takeout Meals with Nutrition Program Vouchers (PDF, 110KB)

Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative's Quick Pivot to Virtual (PDF, 121KB)

Last modified on 12/14/2020

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