UCCS Aging Center receives NextFifty Initiative grant to advance independence for at-risk seniors

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The UCCS Aging Center will use a nearly quarter-million grant from the NextFifty Initiative to benefit at-risk seniors. The $247,141 award will fund its project called “Next Steps: Identifying Barriers and Optimizing Independence of At-Risk Seniors.”

“With an advocacy component to support older adults and their caregivers in navigating the complex healthcare system, this project is timely during the current health crisis and beyond. The Aging Center team hopes to uncover barriers to care and share findings with the community on effective ways to collaborate with providers,” said Magdalene Lim, Psy.D. and director of the Aging Center. “We are extremely thankful to NextFifty Initiative for funding the project, and also look forward to receiving support for our other routine services with funds raised from the Give! Campaign which ends Dec. 31. Every dollar counts and we are so grateful to all of our donors and funders.”

The NextFifty Initiative is a Denver-based nonprofit organization dedicated to funding innovative, mission-driven initiatives that improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers.

The UCCS Aging Center is a nonprofit community mental health clinic that provides individual, group, marital and family psychotherapy to adults 55 and older and caregivers as well as memory and neuropsychological assessments and consultation. Services are provided on a sliding payment scale by trainees and for Medicare reimbursement by licensed therapists with expertise in geropsychology. The Aging Center is one of five HealthCircle clinics located in the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences on North Nevada Avenue. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu/healthcircle.