How We Work

We guide our work through a strategic framework that is designed to contribute to a greater level of opportunity for and participation in social engagement activities on the part of older adults. The strategic framework includes these four key elements with volunteerism viewed as an essential component of the four key elements.

  • Building awareness

  • Ensuring impact

  • Developing sustainable partnerships

  • Conducting evaluation and seeking improvement




Theater 55: Opening the door for the aging community

One year out form its inception, the Minnesota based group Theater 55, is already revered for the safe space it provides for older adults in theater. Their work on curating productions by an all senior cast has provided an avenue for lifelong learning with their offerings of acting and script writing courses.  Theater 55 is setting a strong foundation for replication across the nation for older creatives interested in acting.


A Guide to Help Older
Adults Use the Internet

Using technology effectively is a great way to keep older adults socially engaged and connected to the community. Your Guide to Helping Older People use the Internet is designed for individuals who would like to help older adults who want to learn how to use various forms of technology to access the internet.

Understanding Loneliness In Older Adults—And Tailoring a Solution

To address loneliness in older adults, we need to understand how best to create meaningful social connections by understanding the degrees, the different types and the root cause of loneliness. Published by Kaiser Health News, learn about how health insurers, health care systems, senior housing operators and social service agencies should steer away from a one size fits all approach to combating loneliness.

Entrepreneurial Gerontology is a Thing—and We Need It

The Aging experience is multi-dimensional and experienced differently by everyone. The study of aging needs to mirror this complexity and seek innovative approaches to identify and develop solutions to foster connections and better support everyone as they get older.



n4a’s 44th Annual Conference
and Tradeshow

Registration is now open for n4a’s signature event of the year! Join n4a and more than 1,200 of your AAA and Title VI Native American aging program colleagues as we gather in New Orleans July 27-31 for the n4a 44th Annual Conference and Tradeshow.

Join us for our following sessions:

  • Sunday, July 28: Positive Impact of Social Engagement Programs for Older Adults

    • Hosting will be our partners at OATS, Generations United and the Osher National Resource Center

  • Monday, July 29: Reducing Social Isolation and Fostering Healthy Aging Through Intergenerational Programs

    • The featured speaker be Sheri Steinig, the Director of Special Projects at Generations United

  • Tuesday, July 30: Enhancing Social Engagement in Rural Communities through Technology

    • The featured speaker be Alex Glazebrook, the Director of Operations at Older Adults Technology Services, Senior Planet Program

Past Events


engAGED Community
Toolkit Webinar

On June 27th, engAGED staff hosted a webinar walking viewers through the unique features of this new toolkit. In the recorded webinar we highlight how your organization can use customizable fact sheets and brochures to promote social engagement. We also reviewed the assessment available to provide information about loneliness among older adults in your community. In addition, we highlighted ideas for programs that your organization can incorporate throughout the year. Watch the recorded webinar for the full details!


National Volunteer Week Twitter Chat

Designed to honor the impact of volunteers in communities and inspire others to serve, engAGED celebrated National Volunteer Week with a Twitter Chat to showcase innovative volunteer programs and share proven resources for recruiting and retaining older adult volunteers. Learn more about volunteer resources, opportunities and benefits. Continue to connect with us on Twitter @n4aACTION.


Get Involved


Social engagement opportunities are many and varied including, civic engagement/volunteerism, creative and cultural participation, intergenerational opportunities, lifelong learning and technology. And we have learned that remaining engaged in activities and community contributes to greater physical, mental and emotional health and well-being in older adults thereby helping to avoid the negative impacts of isolation.


Stay Active

Engaging in abundant physical, mental and social activities are commonly seen as the keys to healthy aging. Learn about programs available through engAGED partners.

Volunteer opportunities

Based on your interests, you will find there are many opportunities through a wide variety of organizations to volunteer in your community.

Join the Effort

Join with the engAGED partnership of diverse organizations help us to increase the incidence and opportunities for older adults to stay engaged within their communities.


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