Innovation Themes


At CABHI, we envision a world in which people can age in the setting of their choice, maintaining their cognitive, emotional, and physical well-being as well as their independence for as long as possible. Each innovation project receiving funding from CABHI aligns with one or more of our targeted Innovation Themes, and works to realize this vision.

Our Core Themes address the major categories of solutions that promote healthy aging. Our Cross-Cutting Themes address intersectional priorities that should be considered and integrated across all emergent solutions.

Our Innovation Themes are reassessed on a regular basis to ensure they target ongoing and emerging needs of older adults and caregivers.

Core Themes:

  • Aging at Home. Enabling older adults and people living with dementia to live in the setting of their choice and remain active in their communities for as long as possible.
  • Caregiver Support. Aiding or simplifying day-to-day caregiving responsibilities, providing education or training on caregiving topics, or helping caregivers maintain their own well-being while they care for older adults and people living with dementia.
  • Care Coordination and Navigation. Helping older adults and people living with dementia and their caregivers navigate the healthcare system to access timely and appropriate care, while also supporting healthcare providers align their practice with long-term care standards.
  • Cognitive Health. Maintaining or augmenting older adults’ brain health, or supporting healthcare providers with identifying and assessing adults at risk for developing cognitive impairment or dementia.
  • Financial Health and Wellness. Helping older adults remain financially independent, stay safe in the workforce longer, seek later-life employment, prepare for retirement, plan for financing care, and prevent financial exploitation.

Cross-Cutting Themes:

  • Diversity, Accessibility, and Health Equity. Supporting healthy aging in Indigenous, diverse, or rural communities and addressing critical issues of health equity and accessibility.
  • Promoting Social Inclusion and Preventing Stigma and Elder Abuse. Promoting social connection and safe relationships, and protecting older adults from social isolation, ageism, stigma, and elder abuse.