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Healthy Aging (Title III-D Programs)

Healthy aging includes physical, mental and social well-being.

To support healthy aging, people need safe physical environments and community policies that promote health and well-being, as well as effective community programs and health services to prevent disease.

Program standardsResources and reportsAge and dementia-friendly communitiesDepression and anxiety

Regulatory authority and funding

Title III-D of the federal Older Americans Act (OAA) focuses on disease prevention and health promotion services. Title III-D was established in 1987 and provides grants to states for evidence-based programs that support healthy lifestyles and behaviors. These programs reduce the need for more costly medical interventions. Funding is based on the population of people age 60+ in each state. Priority is given to older adults in medically underserved areas and people with the greatest economic need.

Title III-D program standards

These standards provide an overview of the program purpose, federal funding requirements and expectations for health promotion provided by Oregon's Area Agencies on Aging:

Resources and reports

Age and dementia-friendly communities

As people stay healthy and live longer lives, communities need to adapt. We must support health, ensure access to services and provide support to people of all ages. You may hear terms like age-friendly communities, livable communities, communities for all ages and dementia-friendly communities. These are all efforts to engage organizations, businesses, individuals and governments in addressing the built and social environments to make sure communities provide good places to grow up and grow older.

  • Dementia Friendly America - Resources, guides, and links to national network of communities and organizations aimed at supporting people with living with dementia and their caregivers.
  • ​​​Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures - Updated annually by the national Alzheimer’s Association, this report provides national data on Alzheimer's disease prevalence, costs, and related caregiving impacts
  • Healthy Brain Initiative and Roadmap  - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Road Map identifies roles for state and local public health agencies in addressing Alzheimer's disease.
  • ACT on Alzheimer's - Minnesota's ACT on Alzheimer's website provides tools and resources for engaging nonprofit, governmental, and private partners at the community and state level.
  • Washington State's Dementia Action Collaborative - Established in 2016 as a public-private partnership to prepare Washington state to address dementia.
  • Wisconsin's Building Dementia-Friendly Communities – Wisconsin Department of Health Services developed a Toolkit for Building Dementia-Friendly Communities, as well as other resources for community partners.
  • Dementia Australia - Funded by the Australian government, Dementia-Friendly Communities encourages communities and organizations to adopt policies and strategies to support individuals and families impacted by dementia. 

Oregon Dementia Roadmap

This is a guide for caregivers (and care partners) of people living with dementia at various stages of the disease.

Addressing depression and anxiety

Older adults and people with disabilities living in the community may experience a disruption in their lives due to depression or anxiety. In 2014, the Oregon Legislature approved funding to support the implementation of evidence-based interventions that provide skills and training to enable older adults and people with disabilities living in the community to more successfully manage and reduce depression, anxiety or substance use. The funding and programs are aimed at early intervention, reaching people at mild to moderate stages who are not already accessing behavioral health services. Funding is distributed through AAAs and CILs that make up Oregon's Aging and Disability Resource Connection.

​Sample materials used by Oregon AAAs and CILs to promote and implement their programs.

Promotional materials

Referral forms​