Grant to Support Healthy Aging

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards $100,240 to Healthy Waltham for Waltham Connections for Healthy Aging

Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced a two-year grant of $100,240 to Healthy Waltham to support Waltham Connections for Healthy Aging, a city-wide initiative focused on connecting older people to one another and creating a more age-friendly city. The grant reflects the Foundation’s commitment to advancing inclusive policies that create thriving and vital communities that work for people of all ages.

“Communities have greater interest in age-friendly initiatives. There’s a growing understanding of the critical role older people play. They are an asset to community, and their voices and insights are invaluable to the public discourse on what communities need,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan and president of its Foundation.

Waltham Connections, a collaboration of 12 agency partners led by Healthy Waltham, including the Waltham Council on Aging, Neighbors Who Care, Brandeis University’s Heller School, Brandeis-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (BOLLI), Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Mount Auburn Hospital, Springwell, Waltham Family YMCA and others, focuses on community and civic engagement to plan and advocate for changes to programs, services and policies so Waltham is more age-friendly for all residents. A key component of the work supported by the grant is Waltham Connection’s outreach to diverse populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, low-income, immigrants and isolated older adults. The initiative has had strong support from local leaders, including Mayor Jeannette McCarthy.

“We are grateful to Tufts Health Plan Foundation for their generous continuing support,” said Stacey Gallagher Tully, Executive Director of Healthy Waltham. “Waltham Connections for Healthy Aging is about taking the long view, and building on the work of our outstanding team of partners and senior volunteers to move our healthy aging work forward. We are excited to continue to build on our work from last year to make Waltham even more age-friendly.”

Project Director Maria DiMaggio from Healthy Waltham said, “Based on the Brandeis study that led to the project, we focused on seniors’ calls for more social connections. We’ve held adult learning brunches and weekend afternoon teas that have attracted seniors who are looking for more opportunities to connect with others. We’ve also started a walking group that meets three times per week in response to what we heard in focus groups.”

In all, Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced eight new grants totaling more than $1.1 million and representing collaborations with nearly 80 community organizations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

About our grant program

Twice a year, Tufts Health Plan Foundation awards grants supporting healthy living with an emphasis on older people. Interested organizations should submit a letter of intent (LOI) through the online system accessible via Letters of intent for the Systems and Best Practices or Collaboration and Community Engagement focus areas are due on January 22, 2018.

About the 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 more than $27 million to Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island nonprofits that promote healthy living with an emphasis on older adults. Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds programs that move communities toward achieving age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on seniors, and include them in community solutions. Visit or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.


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