2016 Rural Aging Responsive Grant Cycle now open!

Yoga instructor Suzy McNeilly and Whitman County Library Program Coordinator Sara Garza set up for a yoga class for older adults as part of their 2015 Rural Aging Responsive Grant project, "Making Connections for Older Adults."

Yoga instructor Suzy McNeilly and Whitman County Library Program Coordinator Sara Garza set up for a yoga class for older adults as part of their 2015 Rural Aging Responsive Grant project, "Making Connections for Older Adults."

Empire Health Foundation's Rural Aging Responsive Grant Cycle has one purpose: to provide up to $15,000 of funding for a broad range of one-time projects designed to help adults age 60 and over live full, meaningful lives with independence and dignity. Projects in the following regions are eligible: Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, and Whitman Counties, as well as the Colville, Kalispel, and Spokane Reservations.

Key areas of interest include:

Community care integration

Projects concerned with delivery of services and supports that allow older adults to maintain independence and dignity, and to stay in their homes and communities as long as possible.

Workforce development and geriatric education

Projects designed to increase the quality and/or quantity of the direct-care workforce serving older adults, especially in home and community-based settings.

Technology

Projects involving the development and implementation of technological tools to support older adults and/or their caregivers.

Family/informal caregivers

Projects providing support (training, education, respite, etc.) to unpaid family and informal caregivers.

Transitions in care

Projects concerning services and supports for seniors moving between care settings (e.g. coming home from the hospital, or moving from a rehabilitative stay in a nursing home into a home with a family member).

Chronic disease prevention and management

Projects that implement programs designed to help seniors prevent or manage chronic diseases.

Psychosocial wellbeing and engagement

Projects designed to keep seniors engaged and active in their communities, connected to others, and valued for their wisdom and life experience.

Intergenerational engagement

Projects providing opportunities for seniors to engage with youth and younger adults in their communities.

Contact Jeri Rathbun at 509-919-3047 or jeri@empirehealthfoundation.org for more information.