From June 1999 through September 2003, project staff with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York developed a survey and a process for communities to use to rate their "elder-friendliness" and use this information to take action to meet the needs of their elder population.
Project staff developed the AdvantAge Initiative to pilot test the strategy in 10 communities across the United States.
From February 2000 through January 2003, project staff also identified and profiled "best practices" initiatives that promote elder health and independence in 17 U.S. communities.
Project staff developed project findings as six "Lessons Learned," set within the context of individual community initiatives.
They disseminated the findings in a 59-page report, Best Practices: Lessons for Communities in Supporting the Health, Well-Being, and Independence of Older People.