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United Way’s Area Agency on Aging Wins Top Innovation Award at National Conference

United Way of Tarrant County’s Area Agency on Aging has received the top Innovation Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) for the localResources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH II) program.

The Innovation Award and a $2,500 cash prize (shown above with Area Agency on Aging Director Don Smith) were presented by Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging, during then4a Conference & Tradeshow held in Philadelphia July 11-15. Thirty-eight innovative programs recognized at the national conference vied for the top award.

The REACH II program is part of United Way’s LIVE WELL health initiative dedicated tohelping area adults who have ongoing health concerns and their caregivers. Through the free program, families can receive one-on-one education and support from a qualified, caring professional to help them care for their loved one—and themselves.

Family caregivers learn how to manage stress and depression, enlist the help of others, and how to respond when dementia causes worrisome behavior. Caregivers are also connected with other resources to enable them to keep their loved one at home as long as possible. REACH II is supported by United Way and provided by the Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter.

An estimated 21,185 people over age 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in Tarrant County. A third of Alzheimer’s caregivers die from stress-related illness before the ones they are caring for.

To learn more about REACH II or United Way’s LIVE WELL initiative, call 817-259-4036 or visit