United Way and its Area Agency on Aging will be able to improve the lives of more adults with ongoing health concerns, thanks to new funding from two federal grants. A $995,844 grant over three years will provide services to underserved groups who either have, or are at high risk of developing, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. These include racial groups such as African-Americans and Hispanics that have a higher prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and a historically low use of services. The grant also will focus on people who live alone andthose who are aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
United Way’s Area Agency on Aging will be the lead partner. Others involved are the Aging and Disability Resource Center, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Easter Seals North Texas, the Alzheimer’s Association, James L. West Alzheimer’s Center, Meals On Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County, and the Center for Applied Health Research at Baylor Scott & White Healthcare.
United Way of Tarrant County will receive another $180,000 through a two-year grant awarded to the Community Council of Greater Dallas for chronic disease self-management programs. United Way will expand the Health for Me program offered through Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County and the HomeMeds programprovided through Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County.
Through Health For Me, families coping with diabetes, heart disease, arthritis or other chronic condition learn how to manage their conditions during six free sessions held at various locations. Participants in this proven program learn practical skills such as how to make healthy food choices and communicate effectively with health providers.
Through the HomeMeds program, more people will be able to have their prescription medications and over-the-counter products evaluated for possible errors such as unnecessary duplicate ingredients and potentially harmful combinations. It’s a service that can save money–and potentially lives.