Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards More Than $1.7M in Grants

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today 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.

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.

Summer 2012 Grant Awardees:


  • All Out Adventures, Outdoor Recreation for Seniors, $20,718.00
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter Inc., Support for Informal Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer's in MA, $25,000.00
  • Atrius Health Foundation, Fall Prevention for Seniors At Risk, $57,301.00
  • Available Potential Enterprises Ltd., Williamsburg Intergenerational Gardening Program, $14,504.00
  • Boston Medical Center Corporation, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls, $23,407.00
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, Promoting Senior Health, $48,416.00
  • The Carroll Center for the Blind Inc., Project Safe Home, $50,000.00
  • Century Health Systems, Boost: Safe Lifting and Transferring for Caregivers, $3,625.00
  • Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands, Caregiver Support Advisor Service , $24,085.00
  • Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Case Management for Healthy Seniors, $48,500.00
  • Cooperative Elder Services Inc., Caregiver Support/Caregiver Series on Dementia Care, $3,971.00
  • Elder Services of Berkshire County Inc., Healthy Aging, Healthy Living, $64,078.00
  • Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, The Healthy Ideas Program, $45,000 (Year 2)
  • The Family Van, Family Van Seniors - Together for Health, $10,000.00
  • Generations Incorporated, Healthy Aging Initiative, $40,000 (Year 2)
  • Golden Tones Inc., Golden Tones Chorus Musical Outreach Program, $5,000.00
  • Hebrew SeniorLife, Prevention Through Action: Culturally Inclusive Training and Education for Seniors, $138,000 (Year 2)
  • ITNGreaterBoston, Transportation Services for Seniors and Visually Impaired, $93,944.00
  • Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, Generations Together, $25,000.00
  • Jewish Family & Children's Service, Aging Well at Home: A Community Based Health Initiative, $45,000.00
  • Jewish Vocational Service, JVS ReServe Boston: Experience at Work Makes a Difference, $42,000 (Year 1)
  • Jumpstart for Young Children Inc., Jumpstart Massachusetts Community Corps, $60,000.00
  • Kit Clark Senior Services Inc., Fit-4-Life, $71,156 (Year 1)
  • The LGBT Aging Project, Healthy Aging in the LGBT Community, $30,000.00
  • The Latino Health Insurance Program Inc., "Mi Vida, Mi Salud", $43,802.00
  • Longy School of Music Inc., Creative Aging Classes for Seniors, $7,000.00
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Revere Center, Senior Wellness Program, $50,000 (Year 2)
  • Montachusett Opportunity Council, Linking Initiatives for Vibrant Elders (LIVE) in North Central Massachusetts, $30,155 (Year 2)
  • Newton Community Service Center Inc. (SOAR 55), Volunteering as a Pathway to Vibrant Aging, $48,994.00
  • Old Colony Elder Services Inc., It's About Time, $6,054.00
  • Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston Inc., ABLE Volunteers Program, $40,000.00
  • Perkins School for the Blind, General Grant, $20,000 (Year 1)
  • Rogerson Communities Inc., Rogerson Fitness FIRST as part of Healthy Rogerson, $30,000.00
  • SCM Community Transportation, Door2Door to the Arts, $22,400.00
  • Samaritans Inc., Wellness Approach to Senior Suicide Prevention (Outbound Call Project), $15,000.00
  • Springwell Inc., Healthy Aging Initiative, $58,406 (Year 1)
  • VNA Care Network Inc., Fewer Falls, Safer Seniors, $14,000.00
  • Water Way Arts for Health and Energy Inc., Tai Chi for Healthy Aging, $25,000.00
  • Watertown Community Foundation, Tufts Health Plan Foundation Fund for "A Healthy Watertown", $30,000.00
  • Whittier Street Health Center Committee Inc., Geriatric Chronic Disease Case Management Program, $50,000.00
  • Women of Means Inc., Sustaining Enhanced Compassionate Care Management and Coordination for Aging Homeless Women, $25,000.00

Rhode Island

  • Cornerstone Adult Services Inc., Expansion of Enhanced Fall Prevention Program, $11,150.00
  • Family Service of Rhode Island, Positive Aging And Living Program for Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS, $44,992.00
  • Greater Providence Young Mens Christian Association, Healthy, Safe, and Over 60: Programs for Older Adults at the YMCA of Greater Providence, $45,000.00
  • The Providence Center, InShape Seniors, $52,211.00
  • Rhode Island Free Clinic Inc., Healthy Lifestyles for Today and Tomorrow, $70,000.00
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