WEST ROXBURY,MA (July 23, 2008) – Ethos successfully secured $90,000 for its AgeWell West Roxbury. Funding was included in the FY2009 state budget that was signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick on Sunday, July 13th. In addition, Ethos was recently awarded a grant of $45,000 for AgeWell by the Boston Foundation.
State Sen. Marion Walsh, D-West Roxbury, was the lead sponsor in the senate and State Rep. Rush, D–West Roxbury, was the lead sponsor in the house.
“AgeWell West Roxbury” is a key element for making the state’s new “Community First” initiative a success,” said Walsh. “I am delighted that we were able to work together to secure vital funding for this worthwhile initiative that diligently works to create an age-affirming, elder-friendly neighborhood that prevents and combats isolation by addressing seniors’ basic needs, optimizing their physical and mental health and well-being, promoting their social and civic engagement, and maximizing independence among the frail and disabled.
“This multi-faceted initiative is win-win for all since it benefits are not only reaped by seniors and their caregivers but the entire West Roxbury community as well.” said Rush. “AgeWell West Roxbury connects seniors and their caregivers with the services, programs and activities they need so they can stay active and healthy at home, out of costly nursing homes. It also mobilizes neighborhood leaders, businesses, service providers, religious organizations, social clubs, and residents of all ages to enhance West Roxbury’s capacity to support “aging in place.”
“Funding from the State comes at pivotal time as this year marks the third and final year of funding from the Boston Foundation,” Exec. Dir. Dale Mitchell said. “With the help of funding from the Commonwealth & the Boston Foundation, Ethos will be able to continue our critical work in building an elder-friendly community in West Roxbury that is capable of engaging healthy elders and their caregivers before crises occur.
Ethos already provides services to almost 2,000 Boston elders, but the goal is to extend that reach to as many elderly citizens as possible. West Roxbury was the natural place to pilot this initiative, as almost 25% of West Roxbury’s population is elderly, representing the highest concentration of senior citizens in Boston. West Roxbury elders are at high risk of isolation and know little about existing eldercare resources and options other than nursing homes, both of which are significant factors impeding an elder’s ability to successfully “age in place.”
If you are interested in learning more about the AgeWell West Roxbury project and would like to provide input on desired elder programs and services for the West Roxbury community, contact Ethos Neighborhood Services Coordinator Cathy Slade at (617) 522-6700 ext. 316.