Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards More Than $1.4M in Grants

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today that it has awarded more than 1.4 million in grants to Massachusetts and Rhode Island based organizations in its first cycle of funding this year, including three organizations whose programs will complete a second year. The organizations provide a range of programs and services that address healthy aging in the areas of caregiver support, fall prevention, intergenerational collaboration and vibrant lifestyles.

The grants mark the third year of the foundation’s healthy aging program. With more than 45 million senior citizens nationwide and over one million older adults over age 60 in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the ways in which society provides for the needs of older adults is one of the most dynamic questions of social support today. Through grants in four major areas, the foundation seeks to fund programs that will elevate the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of older adults; enable them to contribute their experiences and knowledge to their communities; and ultimately help older adults live healthier lives.

“We are proud to partner with these organizations and provide them with funding to develop and expand these important programs,” says David Abelman, executive director of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. “In funding these critical services, we are helping older adults stay active, stay in their communities and stay healthy.”

The aging of the population has opened a nationwide debate on how to best maintain quality of life as we age. In its three years of grants in healthy aging, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation has helped launch several successful programs and initiatives that are on the leading edge of addressing this challenge. The Massachusetts Association of Older Americans’ program, for example, will facilitate reengagement of caregivers into active life. Another program, The LGBT Aging Project will offer evidence-based programming for older adults in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation grants awarded today to Massachusetts and Rhode Island organizations are:

  • Action for Boston Community Development, Stay Strong Initiative, $55,000
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, Support for Informal Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer’s in Massachusetts, $25,000
  • All Out Adventures, Outdoor Recreation for Seniors, $17,295 (Year 2)
  • Available Potential Enterprises, Williamsburg Intergenerational Gardening Program, $14,400
  • Cambridge Health Alliance, Living Well with Diabetes, $24,000
  • The Carroll Center for the Blind, Project Safe Home, $50,000
  • Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and the Islands, Skill Building Support for Caregivers/Exercise for Wellness, $20,000
  • Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Continued Case Management for Healthy Seniors, $43,050
  • Community Health Programs Inc., Senior Life History Program, $10,000
  • Education Development Center, Chronic Care Community Corps, $60,000
  • Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley Inc., Evidence-Based Programs: Healthy Communities, $50,000
  • The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Brown Bag: Food for Elders, $10,000
  • Generations Incorporated, Healthy Aging Initiative, $40,000
  • Hebrew Senior Life, Prevention Through Action: Culturally Inclusive Training and Education for Seniors, $117,034
  • Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, Generations Together, $25,000
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Steps for Life, $45,000 (Year 2)
  • Jumpstart for Young Children Inc., Jumpstart Massachusetts Community Corps, $30,000
  • Kit Clark Senior Services Inc., Fit-4-Life, $68,680
  • The LGBT Aging Project, Healthy Aging in the LGBT Community, $30,669
  • Massachusetts Association of Older Americans, Moving On: Reengaging Older Caregivers in Community Life, $55,601
  • Massachusetts General Hospital (The General Hospital Corp.) Community Health Associates, Senior Wellness, $50,000
  • Montachusett Opportunity Council Inc., Linking Initiatives for Vibrant Elders (LIVE) in North Central Massachusetts, $39,920
  • Natick Visiting Nurse Association, Balance Matters, $1,978
  • Newton Community Service Center Inc., SOAR 55: Volunteering as a Pathway to Vibrant Aging, $45,000
  • Northern Essex Elder Transport Inc., Volunteer Driver Mileage Reimbursement, $5,000
  • Ocean State Center for Independent Living, Home Sweet Accessible Home, $40,000
  • Old Colony Elder Services, It’s About Time, $3,869
  • Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston Inc., ABLE Volunteers, $35,000
  • The Providence Center, InShape Seniors, $42,000
  • Rhode Island Free Clinic Inc., Healthy Lifestyles for Today and Tomorrow, $60,000
  • Rogerson Communities, Healthy Rogerson, $50,000 (Year 2)
  • Root Cause Institute, Massachusetts Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Business Plan, $45,000
  • Samaritans Inc., Wellness Approach to Senior Suicide Prevention (Outbound Call Project), $13,000
  • SCM Community Transportation, Door2Door to the Arts, $56,244
  • Springwell Inc., Healthy Aging Initiative, $30,000
  • VNA Care Network, Fewer Falls, Safer Seniors, $14,000
  • Water Way Arts for Health and Energy Inc. (AKA Brookline Tai Chi), Tai Chi for Healthy Aging, $25,000
  • Watertown Community Foundation, WCF Community Building Grants Fund, $25,000
  • Whittier Street Health Center Committee Inc., Geriatric Chronic Disease Case Management Program, $48,000
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