Aging 2017-06-22T00:24:58+00:00

Aging in Action


a middle-aged man helping an elderly woman walk in a kitchen

Life changes as we become older. Some people enter the later stages of life feeling positive about life. Wisdom and experience changes how we see the world. However, the aging process can also be challenging. A person may notice physical changes that make it hard to hear or see things clearly. Health problems may increase pain and discomfort. It can be difficult to move around or manage other tasks that used to be easy to complete. Sometimes it is harder to remember things or pay attention when people are talking about something important. Feelings of frustration and loss are natural when we can no longer do things that we took for granted. In addition, people who are aging may feel that they are no longer independent and in control of their lives. Positive supports are used to help elderly people adjust to the changes that occur with age. These practices are often used to improve quality of life and mental health in nursing homes, medical settings, with family members at home, and in the community.

In Depth


Minnesota Resources

Minnesota Adult Mental Health Assertive Community Treatment Information

Minnesota Adult Mental Health Assertive Community Treatment Information

Minnesota Standards for Assertive Community Treatment

Minnesota Assertive Community Treatment Dartmouth Assertive Community Treatment Scale

National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota –Fact Sheet on ACT

National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota – Minnesota’s Adult Mental Health Resource Guide: Hope for Recovery

National Resources

Assertive Community Treatment Evidence-based Practices Kit

Assertive Community Treatment Summary

Assertive Community Treatment Implementation Manual—The Evidence-based Treatment Guide from The Center for Evidence-based Practices and Its Ohio Assertive Community Treatment Coordinating Center of Excellence

Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development Article on ACT

Assertive Community Treatment and Motivational Interviewing
Manthey TJ, Blajeski S & Monroe-DeVita M. (2012). Motivational Interviewing and Assertive Community Treatment: A Case for Training ACT Teams.  International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. Vol 16(1) 5-16.

Article on Fidelity of Implementation: Tool for Measurement of Assertive Community Treatment 
Monroe-DeVita, M., Teague. G.B., & Moser, L.L. (2011). The TMACT: A New Tool for Measuring Fidelity to Assertive Community Treatment.Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 17: 17 DOI: 10.1177/1078390310394658

Cost Effectiveness of Assertive Community Treatment
Clark, R. E., Teague, G. B., Ricketts, S. K., Bush, P. W., Xie, H., McGuire, T. G., … Zubkoff, M. (1998). Cost-effectiveness of assertive community treatment versus standard case management for persons with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. Health Services Research, 33(5 Pt. 1), 1285–1308.