BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Area Agency on Aging announced that the Rural Community Based Caregiver Network and Novel Seniors Book Club have been recognized by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, or n4a, with Aging Innovations Awards, the highest honor presented by the association. The awards program is sponsored by CST your Link to Life.
Eastern Area Agency on Aging was among the top 10 of 44 local aging programs to receive honors at the association annual Conference and Tradeshow July 7-12, in Denver, Colo.
The 2012 n4a Aging Innovations Awards recognized Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American aging programs that have developed cutting-edge and successful approaches to support older adults, persons with disabilities and their family caregivers. The honored programs are exemplary initiatives that others in the Aging Network can replicate in their local communities.
The Rural Community Based Caregiver Network is designed to develop services that meet caregivers’ needs, including increasing the availability and affordability of adult day services, respite, access to personalized help through care management services for caregivers along with expanding educational, training and support program opportunities.
The Novel Seniors Book Club is a program that brings seniors together through the joy of reading and reduces isolation while keeping the mind sharp. Monthly meetings are interactive and often intergenerational, as the club works with Brewer High School students. Novel Seniors Book club has a mechanism in place that allows the homebound to call-in to the meetings, thus reducing loneliness.
“We are very proud and grateful that these two programs have been recognized for the powerful work that they accomplish,” said Noelle Merrill, executive director of Eastern Area Agency on Aging. “Both programs reach out to the community and improve the quality of life for seniors and their caregivers, keeping them engaged and providing community support.”
For information, visit eaaa.org.