The Retirement Research Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for our nation’s elders. It is one of the nation’s first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues. It awards grants each year in support of programs, research, advocacy, and training to improve the quality of life for older Americans.
The Retirement Research Foundation’s funding interests fall into the following four areas:
- Improve the availability and quality of community-based and long-term services and supports by:
- Increasing the availability and effectiveness of comprehensive community programs designed to maintain older persons in their homes.
- Increasing the availability and effectiveness of programs designed to maintain older persons in residential settings, such as congregate living with supportive services, group homes, and assisted living facilities.
- Improving the quality of nursing home care.
- Coordinating the provision of acute- and long-term care for older persons with chronic conditions by supporting efforts that provide continuity of care, prevention, early intervention, and client education.
- Provide new and expanded opportunities for older adults to engage in meaningful roles in society such as employment and volunteerism, that will strengthen community through activities including, but not limited to, advocacy, community leadership, community services, and intergenerational programs.
- Seek causes and solutions to significant problems of older adults through support of selected basic, applied, and policy research for which federal funding is not available.
- Increase the number of professionals and paraprofessionals adequately prepared to serve the elder population through support of selected education and training initiatives, which enhance the knowledge and skills of participants.