$50,000 Health’s Angels grant goes to AGE

Health's Angels
Health’s Angels is a St. David’s Community Health Foundation service group created to support nonprofit organizations assisting older adults and their caregivers.
Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE) will be able to significantly expand its Durable Medical Equipment Program thanks to a $50,000 grant from Health’s Angels. The grant will help AGE recruit donations of gently used medical equipment needed by older adults, such as wheelchairs, walkers, shower benches and canes. AGE then gives the equipment to people who need them free of charge. These simple items can be life-enhancing and help older adults live more safely in their homes. Members of Health’s Angels selected AGE after hearing presentations from three grant finalists at their spring luncheon at Shoreline Grill on April 1. Health’s Angels is a volunteer group dedicated to serving the aging community and the agencies that serve them.

St. David’s Foundation gives groups $7.2 million

From Statesman.com

St. David’s Foundation gives groups $7.2 million

The St. David’s Foundation awarded 30 grants, totaling more than $7.2 million, to local nonprofit groups that provide health care services.

The foundation distributes profits from the six St. David’s hospitals.

Grants went to a variety of nonprofits, including the Lone Star Circle of Care, People’s Community Clinic, Family Eldercare, Austin Groups for the Elderly, El Buen Samaritano, AIDS Services of Austin and Breast Cancer Resource Center.

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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