AARP joins CARF’s International Advisory Council

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Council seat strengthens partnership between advocacy organization for older adults and accreditor of health and human services

Tucson, AZ “” July 17, 2008 “” AARP, America’s leading advocacy organization for older adults, has accepted a seat on CARF International’s Advisory Council (IAC). CARF International accredits providers of health and human services, including aging services.

The IAC comprises organizational and individual members who represent a spectrum of the accreditor’s stakeholders, including persons served, providers, professionals in the field, and purchasers. It serves as a forum to provide guidance on CARF standards development and insight on issues affecting fields in which CARF provides accreditation services.

AARP Senior Vice President for Livable Communities Elinor Ginzler said, “CARF’s independent, third-party accreditation aligns with AARP’s mission to enhance the quality of life for all people as they age.”

Brian J. Boon, Ph.D., president/CEO of CARF International, said, “AARP’s positive voice on the IAC will tremendously benefit persons served in the aging services field. As the field grows at an exponential rate, AARP’s influence is vital in assuring older adults they have opportunities to enjoy the highest degree of choice, dignity, and independence.”

AARP’s relationship with CARF International dates from 2003, when AARP announced its support of CARF’s acquisition of the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC), the nation’s only accreditor of continuing care retirement communities. CARF was already accrediting assisted living residences and adult day services.

Most recently, AARP participated in an international advisory panel with other industry and consumer representatives to review CARF’s standards for continuing care retirement communities.

Ginzler will represent AARP on the IAC. Her involvement with accreditation spans more than a decade when she was a consumer leader for CCAC.

“I look forward to working with CARF to promote quality services and engage our older population,” Ginzler said.

With the addition of AARP, the IAC encompasses 36 organizational and 5 individual members. A list of IAC members is at

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