As part of the New Age of Aging initiative’s mini-grant program, a total of $63,000 was awarded to 21 members of the Alliance for Children in 2010.
Each organization receives a $3,000 award, which is designed to increase their involvement in providing quality programs and services to older adults. Organizations need not have experience providing programs and services to older adults to apply.
Project: Auberle's Volunteer Program
Auberle's Volunteer Program will provide meaningful volunteer activities for members of the community. The ultimate purpose of the program is to draw from the inherent strengths of older adult volunteers.
Auberle will match older adult volunteers with youth to provide the youth with insight, wisdom, and guidance, as well as to help older adults experience positive interactions with youth. This will create a "win-win" situation for both the volunteers and at-risk youth and vulnerable families.
Expected Outcomes: Auberle will increase its number of older adult volunteers by a minimum of 25 individuals in a six-month period. This means that 25 new older adult volunteers will have become engaged in the agency and expressed a long-term volunteer commitment. Older adult volunteers will participate in or help plan 4-6 activities during the six-month period.
Project: Grand Family Training Modules
ChildServ will meet the critical needs of grandparents and other older adult family members in the Chicago metropolitan area who have taken on the responsibility of raising a family member’s child or children in crisis situations.
Program components include initial and periodical assessments of clients, the creation of service plans with specific goals and objectives, home visits, respite care, counseling, referrals and follow-up, case management services, emergency financial assistance, workshops, and peer support groups.
- Clients will utilize resources and connect with the community
- 80 percent of clients will report that they have learned about resources in their community to help them care for the children in their care
- Clients will demonstrate knowledge and skills related to parenting and advocating for children in their care
- 70 percent of clients will demonstrate improvement in parenting and advocacy skills
- 70 percent of clients will report they feel better able to care for the children in their care
Project: Senior Companion Program
Child & Family Services currently offers the Senior Companion Program (SCP) to the frail older adults in western New York. The purpose of this project is to strengthen and expand SCP through staff development and the utilization of focus groups to increase diversity and civic engagement, especially within the Hispanic and Arabic populations.
Expected Outcomes: Two SCP staff members, the director, and the volunteer coordinator will earn a Certificate in Aging. The knowledge learned will be applied to update the training course developed for older adult volunteers who assist with SCP.
Up to six newly engaged professionals will participate in four focus groups. SCP fliers also will be translated into Arabic and Spanish and distributed to 10 sites serving these specific populations.
Project: Continuing Education for Elder Services Clinicians
Community Counseling Center will enhance services to the elder community by providing educational opportunities for staff through Boston University’s Institute for Geriatric Social Work. The organization will enhance its outreach efforts, establish connections, and initiate referrals for services in the geriatric community through quarterly newsletters to organizations and professionals.
Expected Outcomes: Five staff members will complete two courses specific to geriatric issues, or toward their certification in geriatric social work. Staff will demonstrate an increase in knowledge and skills related to working with older adults.
Outreach efforts to organizations and professionals in the geriatric community will be enhanced through the publication of a quarterly newsletter that results in a 25 percent increase in the number of referrals to the organization's elder services programs.
Project: Supporting Aging Foster Parents
Every Child staff will work more intensively with the organization's older foster parents to improve quality of services provided by staff to both foster parents and the children they care for. The organization seeks to enhance the knowledge of staff working with older populations and, ultimately, improve the quality of services the agency as a whole provides, not just in foster care services but agency-wide.
Expected Outcomes: The organization will distribute surveys with results indicating that 80 percent of foster families over the age of 50 have greater confidence in their foster parenting and greater satisfaction with the organization's support services. Eighty percent of foster families served will report a greater feeling of community with other foster parents of all ages, and 100 percent of the organization's foster care staff will report being more knowledgeable and confident in their work with aging populations.
Palto Alto, CA
Project: Aging Services and Needs Assessment (ASANA)
Family & Children Services (F&CS) will conduct a client population needs assessment and an inventory of other aging services. This study will help F&CS determine how the agency can best support unaddressed mental health needs of older adults in the community. The proposed ASANA project is the agency’s first formal aging services effort.
Expected Outcomes: By April 2011, F&CS will have completed the ASANA project report, including an inventory of local aging services and an assessment of older adult needs. Also, at least one F&CS staff member will have completed the Certificate in Aging program and will have shared their learning with agency employees through the formal in-service training process.
Project: Confronting Elder Abuse
To heighten the visibility of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, as well as to assist in distributing information about how to recognize, report, and prevent elder abuse, Family Answers Homemaker-Health Aide Services will partner with other older adult care providers to organize two community forums.
With representatives from state and local government, elder prevention program staff, and individuals from the local legal and medical fields who specialize in elder abuse, is to create an environment to dialogue about the issues and initiate a plan of action.
Expected Outcomes: Family Answers will organize two community forums in six months, distribute information, and begin a dialogue about elder abuse with personal care providers, local elder care providers, law enforcement, heath care providers, and local and state government representatives.
Project: Advancing Mental Health Resources for Older Adults in the Quad Cities
Family Resources will develop a media campaign to promote the organization's mental health services for older adults and caregivers. This campaign will allow the agency to be more visible, especially to the older adult population, and promote the organization's resources that provide services to older adults.
Older adults will also be introduced to the wide range of available resources, including medical doctors, senior lunch sites, a senior activity center, and other written materials. The organization will develop, print, and distribute written materials such as pamphlets, give-a-ways, and posters.
Expected Outcomes: Older adults and other service agencies in Scott County, Iowa, will understand what mental health services are available in their community and how to access these services. Family Resources will increase the number of older adults receiving mental health assessments and services by 5 percent by May 1, 2011.
Project: Diversity in Long Term Care: A Pathway to Cultural Competence
This project’s purpose is to produce an educational training video to identify and recognize diverse older adult populations and their subgroups within the long-term care setting. A second goal of the video is to increase the cultural competency of program volunteers, agency staff, and all providers of care and services to residents within long-term care.
The video will include interviews with representatives from each diverse group speaking about their culture and culturally accepted norms related to older adults and aging members of that culture.
Expected Outcomes: The organization will produce a diversity training DVD and distribute 89 copies to licensed long-term care facilities in Suffolk County, in conjunction with a 90-minute training session.
The organization also will conduct 10 trainings in cultural competency for volunteer ombudsmen, as well as share the diversity training video with the Suffolk County Office for the Aging, the Department of Social Services, organizations that serve older adults, senior centers, and adult day programs.
Baton Rouge, LA
Project: Counseling Outreach for Older Adults in Need
The purpose of this project is to reduce the barriers that seniors in smaller rural or isolated urban communities face when they attempt to access needed services, such as counseling and service coordination.
The organization will expand its services to older adults by extending counseling services to those who otherwise are unable to either initiate or remain in counseling due to either transportation issues or the lack of funds.
Expected Outcomes: Twenty clients will complete three or more sessions of counseling. They will report feeling less depressed and anxious, and an increased ability to cope with their symptoms, increased interest in daily activities, and increased ability to care for themselves independently.
An inventory assessment will measure any noticeable improvement related to older adults' ability to access other services and increase contacts with family members or individuals in their support groups.
New Orleans, LA
Project: Grant Writer for Aging Projects
A grant writer will research potential government and private grant opportunities to obtain funding to support free or low-cost mental health counseling services for older adults, as well as to determine evidence-based counseling interventions for older adults.
Expected Outcomes: The grant writer will research models of evidence-based interventions for mental health counseling with older adults. He or she will submit 10 grant proposals to obtain $15,000 in funding to provide the identified evidence-based mental health services in the community.
Project: Caregiver Health and Wellness Initiative
The purpose of the project is to create a Community Health and Wellness Education Workshop Series about chronic disease and dementia. The workshops will be provided to the frail, low-income older adults and their caregiving families who attend the organization's three adult day centers. These families represent an active enrollment of 120 clients of whom 100 percent have been diagnosed with a chronic disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or related disorders.
Expected Outcomes: Seventy five older adults and their caregivers will participate in a four-part educational series and will gain new knowledge, information, and skills. Learning objectives and program evaluation will be developed as measurement tools.
Educational resource materials will be distributed to workshop participants. Follow-up surveys and focus groups will measure the usefulness and practicality of the information and identify any gaps. Individualized follow-up will be provided.
Project: Project HEARTH
Family Services of Montgomery County will actively engage the underserved Hispanic older adults as clients and as volunteers. The organization will organize a Latino Seniors’ Club and use it as a vehicle to conduct a needs assessment of the Latino older adult community. The results of the survey will be shared with key stakeholders in the county. Staff will meet with older adults over a six-month period and use their interaction to clarify needs and identify priorities of Hispanic older adults.
Expected Outcomes: By working with the leadership of the Montgomery County Latino Collaborative, a bilingual, bicultural Latino staff person will conduct appropriate outreach at area Latino churches and grocery stores to:
- Organize the creation of a Latino Seniors' Club
- Establish club meetings
- Conduct a needs assessment via a focus group in an interview format
North Charleston, SC
Project: Safe Homes for Seniors
Family Services will expand its Safe Homes for Seniors program by providing loan funds to approximately 20 senior homeowners so that they may make essential home renovations.
This is a newly funded program for the agency, currently in its first year of operation and dedicated to serving the aging population age 62 and older. Loans enable older adults to safely and independently remain in their home, rehabilitate their home, and improve their quality of life through financial stability.
Expected Outcomes: Throughout the next six months, Family Services will provide approximately 20 rehabilitation loans to older adult homeowners. One hundred percent of the seniors who are given loans will remain living independently in their home one year after receiving the assistance.
Project: Expansion of Older Adult Services
The purpose of this project is to enhance the organization's capacity to serve older adults through a subcommittee on older adult services. The subcommittee will focus on:
- Professional development of clinical staff in the field of aging
- Training of all staff about cultural competency issues unique to older adults
- Civic engagement to ensure the agency's services are user-friendly for older adults
Expected Outcomes: Designated clinical staff will increase their knowledge and ability to serve older adults, as measured by a pre- and post-evaluation of said staff. All agency staff will receive cultural competency training that specifically addresses issues related to older adults.
Designated clinicians will attend a minimum of eight meetings of community provider groups and consumer groups serving older adults.
After six months, the older adult services subcommittee will present a plan for the following year’s goals and activities to enhance older adult services, including the need for further staff development.
Project: Intergenerational Learning and Service Opportunity
The purpose of the intergenerational project is to expand the vision of retired baby boomers and to encourage them to redefine themselves in their late adulthood by developing plans to utilize their life experiences, knowledge, and resources.
Boomers will have opportunities to share their knowledge and life experiences with younger populations. This community-based initiative will bridge the generational gap by building a closer-knit community among the old and the young.
Expected Outcomes: The organization will engage 25 to 30 retirees to volunteer as tutors and/or speakers for youth. Success will be measured by the volunteers’ length of time commitment to the program. Both groups will participate in surveys and be expected to keep a journal to note their reactions to the experience.
The projected long-term outcome of this project is that the adult retirees will continue to work within their community and encourage younger generations to be actively involved.
Project: Kinship Advisory Council
The organization will improve services to older adults who have assumed responsibility for raising children who may, or may not, be related to them. Older adults will be educated through the parent leadership training, and staff will complete the online Certificate in Aging course.
Expected Outcomes: In the short term, 80 percent of participants in parent leadership training will report that they agree or strongly agree that the information presented in the training provided them with a better understanding of parent leadership, prepared them for their work on the Kinship Advisory Council.
Two staff persons also will complete the Certificate in Aging program.
Project: Lutheran In-Home Care Services—Conversations with Baby Boomers and Their Parents
The purpose of the Conversations with Baby Boomers and Their Parents project is to provide adult children of the baby boom generation with techniques in initiating and continuing a conversation with their elderly parents about their expectations and concerns related to long-term care. The goal is to encourage this conversation before the situation becomes urgent. Instructional information will include the resources that are accessible throughout the community.
Expected Outcomes: Two pre- and post-project written surveys (one for the senior parents and one for their children) will be developed and distributed in order to measure goal-oriented competencies. A summary of expectations, trends, and concerns about long-term care will be collected.
Project: MindWorks: Early Memory Loss Program
To respond to the growing needs of individuals with early cognitive impairment who are working to maintain their independence, a MindWorks program will be initiated. The program will provide cognitive, social, physical, educational, and various other support services to both individuals affected and their family or caregivers.
MindWorks is an early onset/early memory loss program. A standardized curriculum for MindWorks has been developed as the result of collaborative efforts of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Center on Age and Community, Lutheran Living Services, and Luther Manor. Lutheran Social Services is involved in a research project to study the impact of socialization on slowing the progression of memory loss.
Expected Outcomes: Lutheran Social Services will effectively develop, market, and promote the MindWorks program in Menomonee Falls, Wis., in conjunction with adult day services at that location.
Success will be measured by the ability to hire one facilitator, recruit three volunteers, and enroll six new clients by Jan. 1, 2011.
Lutheran Social Services will continue to collaborate with local agencies and organizations to understand the needs of individuals with early memory loss, provide services and products that meet those needs, complete a study with the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Center on Age and Community, and publish the MindWorks curriculum by Jan. 1, 2011.
Project: Engage Stakeholders in Evaluation
Due to a significant increase in the older adult population, Pressley Ridge will seek to improve and expand the evaluation process currently in place through a participatory action approach. The organization will develop its staff capacity to understand and evaluate services from an older adult perspective.
This project represents Pressley Ridge’s first activity toward serving an aging population. Older adult stakeholders will have a primary role in affecting what and how to measure outcomes.
Expected Outcomes: At least 40 stakeholders will engage in dialogue about their ideas for meaningful outcomes and the best measurements to use to collect information. Stakeholders will categorize and identify their preferences for reporting and disseminating outcome results.
Project: Raising Awareness of Effective Programs for Aging in Place
Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) will initiate a civic engagement project to ensure the aging population learns about and fully understands the wealth of services available to them.
Through the LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) program, PHMC will offer seniors and their caregivers with the choice of receiving care and socialization in the community as an alternative to nursing home placement. The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has awarded PHMC's LIFE program the exclusive rights to deliver these services.
Expected Outcomes: PHMC will identify at least two aging organizations located in northeast Philadelphia to serve as PHMC LIFE referral sites and to provide program design guidance. The organization also will identify at least three consumer key stakeholders in the area to provide input about program design. Finally, the organization will draft at least three key messages for a public awareness campaign about PHMC LIFE.
Contact the New Age of Aging staff with questions.