NEWS: AGE, Family Eldercare win grant

By | Monday, October 12, 2009, 03:47 PM

Per the press release:

Family Eldercare announced its selection by the Federal Administration on Aging to receive a national grant in the amount of $1,376,064. This grant will fund a new community collaboration called “A Better Way to Live at Home: Education, Resources and Supports for Older Adults”.

Family Eldercare is one of 13 awardees nationwide and will serve as the lead agency, partnering with several other area public and non-profit agencies including; The Housing Authority of the City of Austin, Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area, Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE), Helping the Aging, Needy and Disabled (HAND), Meals on Wheels and More, New Connections, and the University of Texas-Austin.

The collaboration will provide innovative strategies linking older individuals to programs and services that maintain physical and mental health, enhance mental acuity, and create a community where older adults are active and engaged.

The program will incorporate nationally recognized evidence based practices which target fall prevention, medication management, and memory improvement. The comprehensive approach will help identify potential problems among older adults early on and establish a shared commitment to the goal of helping older adults remain independent with a good quality of life.

“We are very excited to receive this grant. It will allow us to bring new critically needed services to improve the lives of older adults in Central Texas and help them remain living in their own homes and communities,” said Angela Atwood, Chief Operating Officer, Family Eldercare.

Services will be offered at four Austin Housing Authority properties in the first year, expanded to an affordable housing property in Williamson County in year two, and a Travis County Housing Authority Property in year three.

“I feel it is extremely important to make every effort to assist the housing authority’s aging population to be able to maintain and improve their quality of life and to remain in their homes. I am grateful that this grant and the collaboration that has been established with the participating agencies will allow this to happen,” said James Hargrove, President & CEO, Housing Authority of the City of Austin

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From CNN: Social Security, SSI recipients to receive $250 check in May

WASHINGTON (CNN) — An estimated 50 million Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will receive their one-time $250 economic stimulus check starting in early May — several weeks ahead of schedule, Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday. Vice President Biden says the checks will “make a big difference” for older Americans and those with disabilities.

Vice President Biden says the checks will make a big difference for older Americans and those with disabilities.
Vice President Biden says the checks will "make a big difference" for older Americans and those with disabilities.

Vice President Biden says the checks will “make a big difference” for older Americans and those with disabilities.

Biden also announced the distribution of $3.2 billion in new funding for state and local energy efficiency programs from the Department of Energy.

The $250 checks “will make a big difference in the lives of older Americans and people with disabilities — many of whom have been hit especially hard by the economic crisis that has swept across the country,” Biden said in a written statement.

The energy efficiency funds will come in the form of “formula grants for projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions,” according to a separate White House statement.

“Local leaders will have the flexibility in how they put these (energy efficiency) resources to work, but we will hold them accountable for making the investments quickly and wisely to spur the local economy and cut energy use,” Biden said.

Biden, who made the announcement at a meeting with several Cabinet and other senior White House officials, is the administration’s point man in overseeing the distribution of the $787 billion stimulus plan.

He is being assisted by former Interior Department Inspector General Earl Devaney, who has been tapped to head a new Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board.