Promoting social capital for the elderly.Nurs Econ. 2007 Sep-Oct; 25(5):304-7.NE
The new gold standard has evolved from aging in place to aging in community. Having social capital by being an active member of a community has a positive effect and can decrease vulnerability to health risk. Federal and state monies have been utilized to support community activities for the elderly including the first meal programs and moving to community-based assisted living programs. While staying in the community is the ideal, a community can be created by progressive leadership in a traditional retirement community including a skilled nursing home. Retirement communities based on the six dimensions of wellness can create a nurturing environment. Nurse leaders can meet the challenge of creating strong environments for the elderly.