New Health Indicators Section

With health reform, the role of senior-serving community-based organizations is changing to include promoting healthy aging and helping seniors better manage chronic conditions. Organizations will need to know: 

  • The demographics of the seniors they serve,
  • Their access to and use of health care services,
  • Their use of prevention and screening services and engagement in health promotion activities, and
  • The kinds of health conditions they have and how well they feel those conditions are being managed.  
To help organizations collect and use this information, a robust new section has been added to NORC Blueprint: Health Indicators – Advancing Healthy Aging in your Community. Designed for use by NORC programs, senior centers, case management agencies, and other senior-serving community-based organizations, this section offers an easy-to-use survey tool, a database, and a training and technical assistance program to enable community-based organizations to get the high-quality information they need to understand and take action on the key health risks among their community’s seniors.   Read more about Health Indicators and how to get started.


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Integrating Community Services Within a NORC: The Park La Brea Experience

This article describes the Park La Brea NORC program's experiences in engaging the private owners of their apartment community; methods employed to involve community residents on many levels, including conducting needs assessments, developing volunteer roles, and creating a leadership training program and an advisory council; and the programs and services that were developed. Download the Article

Health Indicators: A Proactive and Systematic Approach to Healthy Aging

This article presents the background, design, and early findings of the Health Indicators in NORC (naturally occurring retirement community) Programs Initiative, started by the United Hospital Fund in 2007 with major support from the New York City Department for the Aging. Read more...
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These articles were published in Cityscape (Volume 12, Number 2), a journal of the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

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