The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced that it has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to 46 Massachusetts and Rhode Island based organizations in its first cycle of funding for 2012.
Fifteen Boston-based organizations were among the recipients:
Hebrew SeniorLife on the West Roxbury-Roslindale borders receives the second year of a multi-year grant, totaling $255,034, to continue statewide dissemination of healthy aging programs to the identified areas in need.
Boston Medical Center receives $23,407 to provide Matter of Balance classes to participants 60 and older with activities geared to improve their ability to avoid falls, increase their activity level and boost their self-confidence.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center receives $48,416 to provide comprehensive screenings and individualized action plans for older adults to help them access activities including yoga and fitness classes, chronic disease health education and nutritious cooking classes.
The Family Van receives $10,000 to support its evidence-based service model to provide cost-effective preventative screening, counseling and education in underserved communities with a focus on cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Generations Incorporated receives the second year of a multi-year grant, totaling $80,000, to engage older adult volunteers in meaningful activities beyond their normal tutoring activity to increase physical and mental health and reduce social isolation.
Hebrew SeniorLife receives the second year of a multi-year grant, totaling $255,034, to continue statewide dissemination of healthy aging programs to the identified areas in need.
Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly of Brighton receives $25,000 to provide intergenerational tutoring and mentoring volunteer opportunities for older adults. Programs for residents include tutoring and mentoring programs for elementary children, pen pal programs for elementary children and intergenerational exercise classes with preschool children.
Jewish Vocational Service is awarded a multi-year grant totaling $162,000 over three years to promote ReServe Boston's startup. ReServe is an innovative national model, fostering social, civic and community engagement through paid service work. JVS will recruit, match and deploy professionals 55+ to serve as stipend “ReServists” in nonprofit, public agencies.
Jumpstart for Young Children receives $60,000 to engage older adults referred to as Community Corps members in mentoring relationships preparing their partner children for school by building their language, literacy and social skills.
Kit Clark Senior Services Inc. receives a multi-year grant totaling $143,317 over two years to support older adults in Boston by providing ongoing exercise classes and nutritional counseling to improve physical health and promote wellness.
The LGBT Aging Project receives $30,000 to offer Memory Fitness, a four-week course that increases understanding of memory function, basic memory methods and use of memory aids for 40 older adults in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Massachusetts General Hospital Revere Center receives the second year of a multiyear grant, totaling $100,000, to elevate the Senior Wellness program which offers multiple components; health assessments, the development of patient-driven goals and action plans, health education and coaching, field trips aimed at building social connections, intergenerational programming, and exercise classes such as Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Tai Chi, and a walking club.
Operation A.B.L.E. receives $40,000 to assist in placing Boston’s older adults in volunteer positions with local nonprofits. The structured volunteer program will provide older adults with opportunities for increased civic engagement through involvement in a range of community service activities including computer tutoring, ESOL, senior services, after school programs and academic enrichment.
Rogerson Communities receives $30,000 to provide strengthening, mobility, balance and flexibility exercises administered by trained specialists using equipment that includes five Nautilus machines designed for elders.
Samaritans Inc. receives $15,000 for the Outbound Calls project to develop ongoing support for socially isolated and diverse older adults at risk for poor mental health outcomes. Volunteers over age 60 will deliver twice weekly befriending calls to elder clients who have chosen to participate in this service.
Whittier Street Health Center receives $50,000 to continue its Geriatric Chronic Care Case Management program focused on the health needs of seniors living in public housing, especially with regard to chronic diseases, to keep them healthy, active and engaged in their health.
Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the awardees share a common mission, which is to promote healthy lifestyles and the delivery of superior programs for elders in our communities. The grantees provide a range of programs and services that promote healthy aging physically and mentally in four targeted areas: caregiver support, fall prevention, intergenerational collaboration and vibrant lifestyles.
“It is a pleasure to continue this great work for the older adults in our communities” said David Abelman, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. “Having been a part of these foundation grants for many cycles I am humbled by the continued commitment of our community organizations to help and enhance the lives of seniors.”
This summer marks the fourth year of Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s healthy aging program. The foundation become focused on health aging in 2009, since then the foundation has awarded nearly $9M in grants to enhance the lives of older adults and enable them to contribute their experiences and knowledge to their communities; and ultimately help them healthier lives.