CONWAY — Tufts Health Plan Foundation recently announced a $10,000 Momentum Fund grant to the Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center, operated by Memorial Hospital Elder Health Services, to launch a dementia-friendly community resource center that aligns with the Mount Washington Valley's designation as an age-friendly community.
Forty grants — totaling nearly $400,000 — were awarded to community organizations.
Now in its second year, the fund was established to foster promising ideas and support cities and towns in their efforts to make their communities better places to grow up and grow old.
“These mini-grants make it possible for organizations to build on community insights,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president of corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. “We know the best ideas come from cities and towns as they reimagine aging.”
Sue Ruka, director of Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center, added: “This grant will help us create a resource for the community to help those wanting to learn more about dementia care or caregiver support. Carroll County is the second oldest county in the state. It’s critical that we receive funds like these to help meet the needs of our aging community. We are also pleased to be part of the Mount Washington Valley’s designation as an age-friendly community. This supports our mission to provide resources for caregivers and comfort for their loved ones with memory loss.”
“Many of the Momentum Fund recipients are taking on new programs or projects to make their communities more age- and dementia-friendly,” said Phillip Gonzalez, the foundation's senior program officer. “We look forward to learning with them.”
The Momentum Fund is supporting 10 projects each in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. All are community-led, address healthy aging and include older people in the planning and implementation process. The projects address the social determinants of health, including promising new ways to access healthy food and affordable housing, and to decrease social isolation and loneliness. Several projects provide support for people living with dementia, promote healthy aging in diverse communities and increase volunteerism among older people.
For more information on the Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center, go to mwvadultdaycenter.org or call (603) 356-4980.