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We're accepting applications for our Cycle 1, 2014 Healthy Aging grants program. Submit your Letter of Inquiry in one of three areas: Health & Wellness, Purposeful Engagement or Empowerment.
Friday, January 10, 2014 4:00 p.m. EST. 
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November 2013 
Healthy Living Center of Excellence

We're excited to announce that the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and John A. Hartford Foundation collectively granted $1.3 million in funding over three years to the Healthy Living Center of Excellence, a collaboration between Hebrew SeniorLife and Elder Servies of the Merrimack Valley. The grants will fund a centralized infrastructure and six new regional coalitions to expand evidence-based disease management and wellness programs across Massachusetts and improve the way community-based groups, health care providers and older adults work together to improve care and lower costs. Read our press release.

Grantee Profiles

November 16 kicked off National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Each year, as we prepare for Thanksgiving and remember what we're thankful for, it's important to take note of those in our community who do not have a place to call home or a nutritious meal at their table. This month, we take a closer look at how several of our grant organizations are working tirelessly to combat these problems in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Elder Hunger 
Photo courtesy of Jessie Gladin-Kramer, Feeding America

Nearly 9 million seniors in the United States face the threat of hunger, an increase of 88 percent over a decade's time. And, according to the national hunger-relief organization Feeding America, the number of food insecure seniors will increase by 50 percent when the youngest of the Baby Boom Generation reaches age 60 in 2025. Hunger is caused by a number of factors, including poverty, but also other issues such as transportation, social isolation, limited mobility and health problems which hinder an older adult's ability to purchase and prepare nutritious meals.


Here's a snapshot of what three area food banks -- the Greater Boston Food Bank, Merrimack Valley Food Bank and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank are doing to help end elder hunger. Full story.

Mark Hinderlie
President & CEO of Hearth
Q&A with Hearth's Mark Hinderlie

On November 6, Foundation President Jim Roosevelt was honored with a Distinguished Service Award at Hearth's Annual Meeting and Cocktail Reception. This award recognizes individuals who have made a difference to not only Hearth, but also the larger worlds of aging and homelessness.


We sat down with Mark Hinderlie, president & CEO of Hearth, to talk about why elder homelessness is such an important issue and identify some of the risk factors that force people into homelessness. Read our Q&A here.

Diversity in Aging
Finding a Universal Language
Of the 1,450 low-income older adults living in Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly's (JCHE) Brighton, Newton and Framingham communities, a large percentage is first-generation immigrants. On the Brighton campus, which is JCHE's largest community, 900 residents come from 19 countries and speak 31 languages. Most were born in the former Soviet Union or in China, so programming is often offered in four languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian and English. Full story.
A Chinese Dance group at Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly
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