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The Palmyra Senior Nutrition Center has announced it is receiving funding from the USAging-led Aging and Disability Vaccination Collaborative to conduct activities that will connect older adults and people with disabilities to COVID-19 and flu vaccines.
Led by USAging and funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living, the Aging and Disability Vaccination Collaborative grants help communities stay healthy by targeting older adults and people with disabilities, particularly those from historically marginalized and underserved communities in which vaccination rates are low.
As part of its grant Palmyra Senior Nutrition Center will be able to supply many meals to seniors in Palmyra.
“This funding will enable Palmyra Senior Nutrition Center to help offset the cost of the meal and create meaningful impact for the seniors we deliver meals to,” said Belinda Hicks, the center’s director.
“This is also an excellent program to check on loved ones daily from our friendly volunteer delivering meals.”
“Our 100 Aging and Disability Vaccination Collaborative grantees have hit the ground running,” said Sandy Markwood, CEO of USAging, which leads the Collaborative.
“The funding we have received from the U.S. Administration for Community Living will enable us to make significant strides to increase the number of older adults and people with disabilities who are vaccinated.
“With these resources, USAging anticipates funding more than 200 communities and vaccinating more than two million older adults and people with disabilities.
“These vaccination uptake efforts are lifesaving for the older adults and people with disabilities who research has shown are the most vulnerable to death and severe illness from COVID-19 and the flu.”
Palmyra Senior Nutrition Center and other Aging and Disability Vaccination Collaborative grantees expect to deliver vaccines to more than 110,000 older adults and people with disabilities while providing more than 130,000 supportive services over the duration of their grants.
The grant period will span the summer months and the fall and winter, as well as the Medicare Open Enrollment period, a time when older adults are encouraged to ensure they are up to date on vaccinations such as shingles, pneumonia and others.
Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until funding is expended. Organizations interested in grants can learn more at www. usaging .orq/ADVC.
Palmyra Senior Nutrition Center provides around 80 meals per day, most of which are delivered by volunteers who check on seniors daily to make sure they are doing well.
“We offer activities at the center and are always looking for volunteers and ideas,” Hicks said.
Led by USAging and funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living, the Aging and Disability Vaccination Collaborative will distribute funding to enable organizations across the aging and disability networks to perform an array of vaccination promotion activities.
Organizations selected for funding will host community vaccine clinics, provide in-home vaccinations, provide transportation to vaccination sites, and will conduct outreach and education to older adults and people with disabilities among other activities. Learn more at: www.usaging.org/advc.