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: