Healthy and Connected Aging

Grandma and family

Adults age 55+

We focus on solutions that reduce isolation and loneliness among older adults across Idaho, Oregon, Utah or Washington. We do this by strengthening social connectivity, care coordination and behavioral health access within whole-person health models.

Why it’s our priority

Whole-person health for older adults includes independence, security, productivity, social connectivity, care coordination and the integration of social, behavioral and physical health. These approaches are demonstrated to help older adults better manage their chronic conditions, reduce isolation and loneliness, and improve their quality of life. 


80% of older adults have at least one chronic disease.

Social isolation among older adults has become a public health crisis, particularly in the wake of the pandemic. Social isolation is as risky as smoking, obesity and physical inactivity, associated with a higher risk of developing dementia (+50%), heart disease (+29%) and stroke (+32%).  Technology today is more important than ever. Yet, 15% of adults 50 and older do not have internet access and 60% say cost is a problem.


50% increased risk of dementia from social isolation.

4 of 5 adults

4 of 5 adults age 50+ rely on technology to stay connected with family and friends.

Outcomes We're Measuring

  • Increase preventive screening for behavioral health conditions in adults over age 55 in primary care settings
  • Access to behavioral health care for older adults through whole-person health models
  • Reduce social isolation among adults over age 55
  • Increase the proportion of adults who use technology to access behavioral health care or communicate with providers

Contact Us

At this time, we are awarding Healthy and Connected Aging grants by invitation only. If you have questions or would like to learn more about Healthy and Connected Aging opportunities, please reach out and a program officer will contact you in July 2024.