The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through its Administration for Community Living, released a report that lays the groundwork for a coordinated effort to create a national set of recommendations for advancing healthy aging and age-friendly communities.

Why it matters: The national plan on aging will advance best practices for service delivery, support development and strengthening of partnerships within and across sectors, identify solutions for removing barriers to health and independence for older adults, and more.

What they’re saying: “This report represents a first-of-its-kind and much-needed primer for local, state and federal leaders in the United States, outlining exactly what it will take to support the nation’s growing population of older adults,” said Rear Adm. Paul Reed, M.D., HHS deputy assistant secretary for health.

  • Several states have, or are in the process of, adopting Master Plans for Aging. They identify the entirety of state, county, local and federal policies and programs that affect aging residents.