$ 1.2 million grant to Wholesome Dwelling for ME

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Contributed May 26, 2021

A recently awarded $ 1.2 million three-year grant from the Administration for Community Living will enable Healthy Living for ME to strengthen its overall work, expand its Chronic Disease Self-Management Services (CDSME) in Maine, and existing ones and new programs to market to bring wider nationwide populations.

AUGUSTA, Maine –A recently awarded $ 1.2 million three-year scholarship from the Administration for community life will enable Healthy Living for ME to strengthen its overall work, expand its CDSME (Self-Management Education for Chronic Disease) services in Maine, and bring existing and new programs to a wider population across the country.

“With only two of these grants expected to be awarded nationwide during this cycle, this award is in recognition of Health Living for ME’s work in helping Mainers improve their overall health and wellbeing. The grant will enable our network to continue providing effective, evidence-based services to our existing participants while expanding our offering, ”said Gerard Queally, President and CEO of Spectrum Generations. Spectrum Generations, SeniorsPlus, and Aroostook Agency on Aging have teamed up to support Mainers through the Healthy Living for ME Community Integrated Health Network.

34 percent of the elderly Mainer live with several chronic illnesses; In 2015, 132,000 Mainers had three or more chronic illnesses. That number is expected to rise to 334,000 by 2030, making prevention and management programs increasingly important.

The Chronic Disease Combat Partnership estimates that chronic diseases will cost Maine $ 183 billion between 2016 and 2030. They also predict that modest behavior changes, including improved treatment rates, increased physical activity, and reductions in obesity and smoking, could save 5,400 lives and $ 409 million a year in Maine.

Healthy Living for ME’s evidence-based CDSME programs help participants make healthy choices, better cope with underlying conditions, maintain independence, and control healthcare costs. The grant extends the current program to all adults ages 18 and older, and adds additional virtual courses to benefit Mainers in rural and island communities and increase program completion rates. Healthy Living for Maine’s existing iPad lending program will help even more people participate virtually.

In addition to expanding the current CDSME program, the grant will enable Healthy Living for ME to live well with HIV +, a new positive self-management program, and the new HealthMatters for Individuals with Brain Injury, Intellectual or Developmental Disorders (I / DD) program. This will be the first evidence-based health and wellness program implemented nationwide for the I / DD population.

“Maines DHHS, Office of Aging and Disability Services, congratulates the Healthy Living for ME network on this grant. This opportunity will strengthen and enhance a nationwide integrated network to increase opportunities and empower older adults and adults with disabilities in Maine to improve their health, ”said Paul Saucier, director, Office of Aging and Disability Services, Department of Health and Human Services of Maine.

The Maine DHHS Office of Aging and Disability Service is one of the organizations committed to helping secure and / or provide funding to maintain the programs and network beyond the scholarship timeframe. Others are: Maine CDC, MaineGeneral Health, SeniorsPlus, Aroostook Agency on Aging and Spectrum Generations.

Healthy life for ME (HL4ME) is a contractual joint venture partnership between Spectrum generations, Senior Plus, and Aroostook Agency for Aging. HL4ME is a Community Integrated Health Network that connects adult Mainers with the resources they need to live healthy, fulfilling, and independent lives.

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