Council for Older Adults Board announces 2014 Grant Awards

January 8, 2014

 The Council for Older Adults Board of Directors has approved grants for 16 programs serving older adults in Delaware County. The Council for Older Adults helps fund existing programs in the county as a cost-effective and efficient way to address the various needs of senior citizens. Each year the Council Board of Directors and other members of the community review grant applications and award funding to those organizations that provide the most effectual services.
The programs, managed by various nonprofit organizations in Delaware County, will receive a total of $531,242.60. Funding for these grants is provided by the Delaware County senior services levy.
Those receiving grants are:
* AARP Tax-Aide — $4,249.11 to purchase new laptops and a printer for the volunteer-based tax preparation program.
* Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio — $51,700, to provide supportive services to individuals facing Alzheimer’s or a related dementia diagnosis as well as to improve the caregiver’s ability to provide care in an effort to improve quality of life for both the caregiver and the individual with dementia.
* Catholic Social Services — $27,966, to support the Senior Companion Program.
* Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) — $10,000, to support the Volunteer Guardianship Program for Delaware County.
* Community Action Organization of Delaware, Madison and Union Counties — $9,000 to support the Project Safe Heat program which improves energy efficiency, extends the overall life of the furnace and prevents dangerous furnace leakages.
* Delaware Area Transit Association — $177,168 to allow DATA to provide affordable transportation service to all senior citizens of Delaware County; additionally, the Council for Older Adults has an agreement with DATA to subsidize their demand response costs with the “Bus Bucks” program.
* Delaware County Juvenile Court — $4,600 to provide financial support for supervisors of Delaware County Juvenile Court suspension alternative program which offers community services by completing various chores for older adults.
* Delaware General Health District — $25,601 to provide continued support to two evidence-based programs for Delaware County older adults: the Falls Prevention program and the Healthy U Chronic Disease Self-Management program.
* Delaware Speech and Hearing Center — $72,086.01 to expand and enhance direct hearing and speech health service resources to older adults and their families.
* Employment for Seniors — $9,526.48 to improve resources available to older adults seeking employment opportunities.
* HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties — $33,485 for the Connections Senior Companion program site management and supervision of Companions; and $53,241 to operate a Connections volunteer center.
* National Church Residences Center for Senior Health — $20,700 to assist with adult day care adjunctive therapies not traditionally covered by insurance including creative arts, music, massage/reflexology, yoga and tai chi; and $10,000 to provide funding toward the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible van to be used to transport clients to/from the adult day care center.
* The OhioHealth Foundation — $5,920 to support Driver Rehabilitation for Instruction and Vehicle Education (D.R.I.V.E.).
* People in Need — $10,000 to provide emergency financial assistance to older adults including prescription assistance, utility assistance, rent assistance and more.

The Council for Older Adults is a nonprofit organization which helps older people in Delaware County live safely in their own homes and stay healthy as they age. The Council’s office is located at 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware. Programs and services provided by the Council for Older Adults are supported in part by the local senior services levy.