TERRE HAUTE -- Area 7 Agency on Aging and Disabled is accepting applications to provide evidence-based programs designed to help older adults -- aged 60-older -- prevent and/or manage chronic diseases and promote healthier lifestyles.
Healthy aging reduces healthcare costs and increases quality of life for older adults.
Evidence-based programs are shown to be effective at helping participants adopt healthy behaviors, improve their health status and reduce their use of hospital services and emergency room visits.
Older Americans are disproportionately affected by chronic disease. Evidence-based programs can mitigate the negative impact of chronic diseases and related injuries, such as falls.
Evidence-based programs empower older adults to take control of their health by maintaining a healthy lifestyle through increased self-efficacy and self-management. Evidence-based initiatives provide the greatest impact given available funding.
Applications will be accepted from non-profit organizations with a 501(C)3 status who provide programs and services within Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and/or Vigo counties. Only organizations that provide services within those counties are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted for amounts up to $1,000.
All applications must be for projects/programs, which are directed toward persons age 60-older. Proposed projects/programs must also meet one of the Administration on Aging mandated levels of criteria.
The Minimal Criteria include:
* Demonstrated through evaluation to be effective for improving the health and wellbeing or reducing disease, disability and/or injury among older adults, and
* Ready for translation, implementation and/or broad dissemination by community based organizations using appropriately credentialed practitioners.
Programs related to the prevention and mitigation of the effects of chronic disease (including osteoporosis, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease), alcohol and substance abuse reduction, smoking cessation, weight loss and control, stress management, falls prevention, physical activity and improved nutrition, and most health screenings would also qualify at this level if they are part of a program administering a screening at the beginning of a program and at the end to determine the effects of participating in the program.
Not all programs of the types listed above meet the minimal criteria for Title IIID evidence-based services.
Completed grant applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to Area 7 Agency on Aging and Disabled at 1718 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, Ind., 47807, on or before Aug. 31, 2012, at 4 p.m.
Grants will be awarded by Sept. 14, 2012.
Projects/programs must be conducted between Oct. 1, 2012, and April 30, 2013. E-mailed applications will not be accepted.
Those who are unsure if their program meets the criteria, have a question about what is eligible for the application or would like access to an application, should contact Patty Cannoy at 812-238-1561 Ext. 242, or 1-800-489-1561 Ext. 242, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.