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Reach out to isolated elders to improve their well-being: Commentary by Ann F. Monroe

Jul 15 2013

Ann Monroe, Executive Director of the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York (HFWCNY) writes about social isolation among today’s seniors. Ms. Monroe’s recent editorial in the Syracuse Post Standard  provides the background and context for the Foundation’s Neighborhood Action Initiative designed to ease the effects of isolation on elderly residents and to assist them maintain their independence. The funding was awarded to five organizations in Onondaga County and one in Erie County by the HFWCNY in partnership with the Gifford Foundation. Apter & O’Connor is proud to be the evaluator for this multi-site project designed  to create and test evidence-based practices that will enable seniors to remain in their homes as they grow older rather than moving into institutionalized care. We are conducting a process evaluation to document the implementation and potential long term ramifications of the funded projects.  The evaluation report and presentations will stress findings and recommendations that could influence the way agencies serving seniors “do business” by providing information for program modification and improvement for further growth and expansion.