July 15, 2021
SeniorCare Inc. has been awarded a two-year grant of $130,000 from Tufts Health Plan Foundation to support the work of Age and Dementia Friendly Cape Ann (ADFCA), an initiative that strives to create supportive and inclusive systems for all Cape Ann residents. The grant will support updating and implementation of the ADFCA age-friendly action plan to reflect social isolation, access to technology and other community needs that emerged during the pandemic.
ADFCA encourages a regional approach to making communities more livable. It further develops a framework grounded in an integrated age-friendly and dementia-friendly effort. Initial work to establish ADFCA was supported by a generous grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation in 2017. In 2019 Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport received a regional age-friendly community designation from AARP as age-friendly Cape Ann. As the action plan evolves, it will serve as a best practice model for multi-community regionalization as well as communities that are geographically isolated. Scott Trenti, SeniorCare CEO notes, “We are grateful for continued support from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. We have many areas to address, and we are very excited about what lies ahead.” To learn more about ADFCA, visit www.adfca.org.
Tufts Health Plan Foundation is the only regional funder exclusively focused on healthy aging. This is one of 16 new community investments totaling nearly $2 million reflecting the Foundation’s support for collaborative initiatives helping communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island be great places to grow up and grow old. The new grants engage older people in systems-level change to remove barriers responsible for inequities in communities across the region.
“Older people were among the hardest hit by the pandemic,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship at Point32Health. “These investments will support community resiliency and build on what we’ve learned in the past 16 months—that collaboration across organizations and sectors strengthens communities and result in better outcomes.”
About Age and Dementia Friendly Cape Ann
Age and Dementia Friendly Cape Ann is an initiative of SeniorCare, and is taking intentional steps to create a supportive, welcoming environment where all residents, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, health status, or socio-economic background can thrive. Visit www.adfca.org to learn more, and follow us on Facebook.
About Tufts Health Plan Foundation
Established in 2008, Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve. The Foundation has given nearly $50 million to nonprofits in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Our focus is healthy living with an emphasis on older people and moving communities toward age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older people, and include them in community solutions. In 2021, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan combined under a common parent organization, Point32Health. Moving forward, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan Foundations will work as one to benefit community. Visit www.tuftshealthplanfoundation.org for grant program information and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.