Rockland Awarded Grant to Increase Brain Health to Seniors

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Brain Fitness computer programs slated to promote mental wellness in seniors. Dr. Karen Oates, Rockland County (NY) Mental Health Association and Adriane Berg, CEO of Generation Bold, design Brain Fitness program for seniors under the auspices of Harriet Cornell's Project Tomorrow Program, through a grant from the New York State Department of Aging.

When government works with community partners we boost positive results

Legislative Chairwoman Harriet Cornell and President of the Rockland County Mental Health Association Karen Oates jointly announce that a $64,000 Community Empowerment Grant has been awarded to The Mental Health Association of Rockland County by the New York State Office for the Aging to promote lifelong mental wellness and cognitive engagement.

The award of this grant helps to fulfill the Legislature’s commitment to make Rockland a leader in age-friendly community building. “The Community Empowerment Grant builds on our overall commitment to enhance opportunities for our seniors to have rich and purposeful lives,” said Legislature Chairwoman Harriet Cornell. “When government works with community partners we boost positive results,” she said.

In January 2008, Chairwoman Cornell announced a major county-wide initiative to explore ways to improve services and quality-of-life opportunities for Rockland’s growing senior population. Project Tomorrow: Aging in Place has included a series of hearings and community forums to identify areas where legislative initiatives, policy enhancements, and public/private cooperative agreements can be implemented to make Rockland a more elder-friendly community. A major focus of this initiative has been the mental health wellness of the county’s seniors.

The grant will provide funds to install brain strength and cognition software in libraries, senior centers and other public venues for use by boomers and seniors in increasing mental prowess. This project, entitled Strong Brain, Smart Brain, Fit Brain: A Mental Wellness Awareness, Education, and Brain Strengthening Initiative, will further Rockland’s commitment to provide best practice services for its community.

Dr. Karen Oates, Director of the Mental Health Association who will manage the grant asserts “This grant promotes Rockland County to the forefront of age-friendly venues because it provides a structure for educating residents to maintain lifelong mental wellness and cognitive engagement helping to support healthy aging.” The Mental Health Association will work with CEO of Generation Bold, Adriane Berg Esq. a nationally recognized consultant in senior marketing and cutting edge programs for the aging, to help implement this grant.

“As we move forward with the Project Tomorrow initiative, we are very grateful for the support of the New York State Office for the Aging and their recognition of Rockland’s leadership role in identifying and addressing ways to help our seniors to age in place,” Chairwoman Cornell said.

The Rockland cutting-edge concept was one of only fifteen awarded a grant, out of more than seventy proposals submitted. The Rockland program was created in response to a call for proposals by New York State Office for the Aging Director Michael Burgess to support the creation of communities in which older adults can successfully age in place.

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