Grants to UCCS Aging Center support elder care and caregivers
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Aging Center recently received three grant awards, totaling more than $500,000, from the Colorado Health Foundation, Caring for Colorado Foundation and Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments’ Area Agency on Aging.
A two-year $372,708 Colorado Health Foundation grant and a $75,000 Caring for Colorado grant will support the center’s integrated care programs for seniors and caregivers. The Aging Center offers behavioral health services integrated within medical settings at Peak Vista Community Health Centers’ Senior Health Centers and Rocky Mountain’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. The goal of these collaborations is to improve the quality of care and quality of life for older adults through coordinated mental health, medical and social services.
A $86,031 grant from the Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging will help fund the Aging Center’s Aging Family and Caregiver Services Program. The program provides counseling for distressed caregiver families, referrals for supportive community services, outreach through educational seminars and community presentations and Coping with Caregiver classes.
“We could not provide the critical mental health services and specialized training we offer without the continued support of our valued partners,” Michael Kenny, director, UCCS Aging Center, said. “These generous gifts demonstrate the commitment of these organizations to improving both the mental and physical health of older Coloradans.”
Published: July 2014