Building Healthy Communities

Grantee Name

National Council on the Aging, Inc.

Funding Area

Building Healthy Communities

Publication Date

January 2018

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

October 2015 – December 2016

The U.S. population is aging rapidly; approximately 10,000 people in the country turn 65 every day.

The Aging Mastery Program (AMP) helps older adults develop the skills to improve their wellbeing and stability so that they will not only live longer, but also live better. The 10-week program combines goal setting, daily practices, and peer support to help participants make meaningful changes in their lives. Central to the AMP philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results. In 2015, NYHealth awarded the National Council on the Aging, Inc. (NCOA), a grant to spread and evaluate AMP in upstate New York (Albany, Rochester, Syracuse, and Clinton, as well as Erie and Niagara counties), as well as secure sustainable financing for the program.



Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Replicated AMP in 8 sites throughout upstate New York, with 284 participants and a retention rate of 77%;
  • Designed and implemented, in partnership with University of Albany, a robust outcome evaluation, which showed positive results;
  • Submitted report to peer-reviewed journals for publication; and
  • Shared learnings from this project at national and regional meetings for professionals in aging, including the Aging in America Conference, Grantmakers in Health, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

NCOA set out to replicate AMP in 12 organizations across upstate New York, enrolling up to 360 participants with a targeted retention rate of 75%. At the close of the project, AMP was replicated in 8 sites upstate, with 284 participants and a retention rate of 77%. Statewide, however, NCOA was able to replicate the program in an additional 8 sites downstate, for a total of 621 participants, providing NCOA with more data for its outcome evaluation. The positive outcomes demonstrated in the study led the New York State Office for the Aging to support the program in 9 additional counties across New York State.

NCOA is currently working to finalize a partnership with a large health insurer in New York State, but to date no formal partnerships have been established.

Co-Funding and Additional Funds Leveraged: The New York State Office for Aging provided funding of $70,000 to implement the program in 9 additional counties throughout upstate New York. The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has approved a two-year grant of $400,000 to expand AMP in communities of interest.