Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards $2.8 Million to 77 Organizations in 2012

Grants Support Healthy Aging Programs to Help Older Adults Live Healthier Lives

WATERTOWN, MA – December 5, 2012 – The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today nearly $1 million in new funding to 31 Massachusetts and Rhode Island-based organizations as part of its second cycle of funding for 2012. In total, the foundation distributed approximately $2.8 million in grants to 77 non-profit organizations in 2012.

Since 2009, when the Tufts Health Plan Foundation began focusing its grantmaking on healthy aging programs, the foundation has given approximately $10 million to programs that support the cause. As the foundation enters into its fifth year of grantmaking, it will support programs that fall into one of three areas: Health & Wellness, Purposeful Engagement and Empowerment. It will also work more closely with a select group of grantees on Capacity-Building strategies to enable growth.

“This is a critical time for healthy aging programs as the population of older adults rises exponentially and, as a result, more family and friends are devoting their time to informal caregiving,” said David Abelman, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. “Our grantees are doing outstanding work in their communities through a wide variety of programs that improve the lives of older adults. It is an honor to stand by their side as we work together to make a meaningful difference in the coming year.”

2012 grantees provide a range of programs and services that enhance the lives of older adults both physically and mentally. For example, programs range from health and wellness activities to self-management and chronic disease prevention to fall prevention and caregiver support. The foundation also supports many programs that get older adults out into the community through transportation assistance, volunteerism, encore careers and/or collaboration with young people. A summary of the foundation’s Cycle 2 2012 grant recipients is included below. Click here for a full list of 2012 grant recipients.

Fall 2012 Grant Awardees: Massachusetts

  • Action for Boston Community Development, The Good Life: A Healthy Living Club to Better Health, Increased Community Engagement, Decreased Isolation and a Higher Quality of Life, Boston
  • AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Positive Aging/Lasting Strength (PALS), Boston
  • BayPath Elder Services Inc., Healthy Aging MetroWest: Making Cultural Connections, Marlborough
  • Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, Managing Chronic Diseases in Low-Income Elderly, Brockton
  • Cambridge Community Foundation, Matching Grant Program: Healthy Aging R.O.C.S. (Reaching Out to Cambridge Seniors), Cambridge
  • Cape Cod Volunteers Inc., Opportunity Centers, Yarmouth Port
  • Community Health Programs Inc., Senior Life History Project, Great Barrington
  • Developmental Evaluation and Adjustment Facilities Inc. (DEAF Inc.), Healthy Lifestyles for Deaf Seniors, Allston
  • Elder Services of Worcester Area Inc., Healthy Aging (Evidence Based) Programs, Worcester
  • Families First Parenting Programs Inc., Grandparents Parenting Again, Cambridge
  • Franklin County Home Care Corporation, Take Steps to Healthy Aging, Turner Falls
  • FriendshipWorks, Friendly Visiting Program, Boston
  • Friends of the Amesbury Council on Aging, Amesbury Caregiver Essentials (ACE), Amesbury
  • Health Resources in Action, Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Grant Initiative, Boston
  • Hearth Inc., Housing as the Key to Healthy Aging, Boston
  • Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly – Boston Inc., Intergenerational Matching & On-Call Services Programs, Jamaica Plain
  • Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Mobile Pantry Program, Lowell
  • Minuteman Senior Services, Healthy Connections, Burlington
  • Mystic Valley Elder Services Inc., Reading Partners Program, Malden
  • Project R.I.G.H.T. Inc., Grove Hall Senior Empowerment Initiative, Dorchester
  • Root Cause Institute, 2012-2013 Social Issue Track, Cambridge
  • Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services Inc., Fall Prevention, Somerville
  • Southwest Boston Senior Services Inc. (ETHOS), AgeWell Southwest Boston, Jamaica Plain
  • The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Brown Bag for Elders, Hatfield
  • The Greater Boston Food Bank Inc., The Brown Bag Program for Seniors in Need, Boston
  • Tufts Health Care Institute, Mini-Rotation for Residents: Practicing Medicine in a Changing Health Care Environment, Boston
  • Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, Mature Worker Program, Boston
  • YMCA of Greater Boston, Get Fit, Stay Fit for Life, Boston

Fall 2012 Grant Awardees: Rhode Island

  • Ocean State Center for Independent Living, Home Sweet Accessible Home, Warwick
  • Westbay Community Action Inc., Keeping Seniors Safe, Warwick

Fall 2012 Grant Awardees: National

  • National Council on Aging, Self-Management Alliance, Washington, D.C.
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