$ 1.2 million grant to Wholesome Dwelling for ME

AUGUSTA –– – A recent three-year grant of $ 1.2 million from the Administration for Community Living enables Healthy Living for ME to strengthen its overall work, expanding its Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) services in Maine and existing ones to include new programs in a program wider nationwide population.

With only two of these grants expected to be awarded nationally this cycle, this award is in recognition of Health Living for the work ME has done to help Mainers improve their overall health and wellbeing. The grant will allow 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 integrated health network “Healthy Living for ME”.

34 percent of the elderly Mainer live with several chronic illnesses. In 2015, 132,000 Mainers had three or more chronic conditions. That number is projected 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 believe Maine could save 5,400 lives and $ 409 million a year through modest behavior changes, including improved treatment rates, increased physical activity, and reductions in obesity and smoking.

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

In addition to expanding the current CDSME program, the ME grant enables healthy living, a good life with HIV +, a new positive self-management program, and HealthMatters’s new program for people with brain injury, intellectual or developmental disabilities (I / DD ). This will be the first evidence-based health and wellness program conducted nationwide for the I / DD population.

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

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

Healthy Living for Me (HL4ME) is a contractual joint venture partnership between Spectrum Generations, SeniorsPlus and Aroostook Agency on Aging. HL4ME is a Community Integrated Health Network that connects adult Mainers with the resources they need to lead healthy, fulfilling, and independent lives.

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