Community-based social innovations (CBSI) for
aging are programs, initiatives, and other structures
that support healthy aging and aging in community
in ways that complement traditional health and
human service systems.
Although program models
for CBSIs in North America have proliferated over
the past three decades, there remain long-standing
concerns about the sustainability, reach and
equitable impact of these innovative approaches.
This presentation will provide an overview of how
community gerontology can serve as a foundational
framework to bolster gerontologists’ participation
in multi-sectoral partnerships concerning CBSIs.
The presentation will provide examples of ways in
which research, teaching and service capacities
of higher education in aging and beyond can
strengthen multi-level, collaborative efforts toward
systems improvements for aging in community.