Aging in Place


What's a NORC?

NORC—short for naturally occurring retirement community—is a demographic term used to describe a community that, while not originally built for seniors, is home to a significant proportion of older residents.

United Hospital Fund’s Aging in Place Initiative was established in 1999 to foster the development of new models of care supporting the health and well-being of older people living in the community.

The Aging in Place Initiative, active until mid-2017, conducted community, program, and policy analyses; fostered partnerships of health care, social service, and housing organizations; and facilitated the development of innovative model programs to support the expansion and improvement of New York City's aging services, including its NORC Program efforts. While New York was the focus of this work, its impact and relevance have been national. 

The initiative comprised several programs:

Health Indicators helped NORC programs improve the health of older adults in their communities by addressing three common health issues—heart disease, diabetes, and falls—through data collection, targeted interventions, and the development of best practices.

NORC Blueprint, a website launched in 2008, supported NORC program planners, managers, funders, and policymakers by defining guiding principles, identifying elements of successful programs, and providing tools for program development, management, and sustainability.

Together on Diabetes-NYC was an innovative model program operating from 2012 to 2015, which developed and tested a diabetes community control project targeting New York City seniors. Its focus on older adults already diagnosed with diabetes distinguished this initiative from most of the work tackling diabetes across the nation.

Contact: Deborah Halper


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