FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Area Agency on Aging for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties announces the availability of Requests for Proposal (link to flyer) to fund services for older adults and family caregivers in Fiscal Year 2022/23 through monies from the Older Americans Act.
“The Area Agency on Aging is responsible for the allocation of monies from the Older Americans Act,” announced Christine Reynolds, President, Board of Directors, Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens. “Funds from these Requests for Proposal will fund elder abuse prevention, elderly nutrition services (congregate, home delivered meals and nutrition education), senior legal services and health promotion.”
“This funding is designed to increase awareness of elder abuse and prevention strategies as well as training for local professionals and family caregivers, continued Ms. Reynolds . “Every week we learn of new financial scams and incidences of physical or emotional abuse among senior citizens and dependent adults in our two- county region. It is estimated that one in fourteen senior citizens is abused each year in the United States. All persons are at-risk.”
“Monies are available for nutrition services, specifically home delivered meals, meals in congregate community settings and nutrition education,” continued Ms. Reynolds. “It is reported that in 2016, nearly 8.6 million older Americans faced the threat of hunger, representing 13.6% of adults aged 60+ in the U.S. Food insecurity is growing among older adults. The food insecurity rate for all senior households was 7.8% in 2016,” continued Ms. Reynolds.
“Locally, the 2018 Elder Needs Assessment survey conducted by this Area Agency On Aging revealed nutrition needs were among the top three needs identified by over 1,100 senior citizens,” continued Ms. Reynolds. Currently the Older Americans Act funds over 300,000 balanced nutritious meals in this two-county region.
“Eligible organizations are invited to an Applicant’s Conference on Thursday, February 17, 2022 to learn more the application process and the expectations.”
For more information please contact the Area Agency on Aging at 805-925-9554 or seniors@KCBX.net .
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