Indiana University

Informational Brief on Communities for a Lifetime

June 2013

photo of cover of the CfaL briefThe Indiana Institute on Disability and Community’s Center on Aging and Community, in conjunction with Indiana Grantmakers Alliance and the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, have made available an informational brief targeted for foundations and other philanthropic organizations interested in learning more about how they can support older adults and people with disabilities.

We know our older population is growing in number. We know the vast majority of that population wishes to age in place. But do Indiana communities currently offer the quality of place required to serve individuals of all ages and abilities? By and large, the answer today is no.

To ensure that all Hoosiers live in a place that supports their physical, social, mental and economic well-being, we can begin shaping Communities for a Lifetime (CfaL). In these locales, both the built environment and the social fabric are constructed to support those growing up and growing old.

This issue brief highlights the four domains of CfaLs and demonstrates how they are put into action. It introduces many of the individuals and institutions involved in this work, as well as some communities that are already planning for the future. Lastly, it suggests how you can get involved and learn more. If you want to help create an Indiana in which all citizens are connected to the people, places, services and information that make life more livable, read on. Building a community for a lifetime may be just what you have in mind.

Read the Communities for a Lifetime informational brief >

For more information, contact Phil Stafford at (812) 855-6508 or e-mail