US $ 1.2 Million Wholesome Dwelling Grant to ME – Rockland – Camden – Knox – Courier-Gazette
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, expand its self-management education services for chronic disease in Maine, and make programming accessible to a wider nationwide population close.
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 serve Mainers as part of the Community’s Integrated Health Network for 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 expected to rise to 334,000 by 2030.
The Chronic Disease Combat Partnership estimates that chronic diseases will cost Maine $ 183 billion between 2016 and 2030. They also believe 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 annually across the country.
Healthy Living for ME’s evidence-based 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 that will benefit Mainers in rural and island communities and increase program completion rates. Healthy Living for Maine’s existing iPad lending program allows more people to participate virtually.
In addition to the current program expansion, the grant will enable Healthy Living for ME to establish Living Well with HIV +, a new positive self-management program, as well as the new HealthMatters program for people with brain injuries, intellectual or developmental disorders. This will be the first evidence-based health and wellness program carried out nationwide for the affected 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 Agency for the Elderly and Disabled Services Department of Health and People in Maine Services.
The DHHS Maine Aging and Disability Office is one of the organizations that help secure and / or provide funding to maintain programs and networks beyond the duration of the grant. Others are Maine CDC, MaineGeneral Health, SeniorsPlus, Aroostook Agency on Aging, and Spectrum Generations.
Healthy Living for ME is a contractual joint venture partnership between Spectrum Generations, SeniorsPlus and Aroostook Agency on Aging.