The in Milwaukee has announced a $2 million grant from the in support of an initiative to keep older adults in rural Wisconsin healthy and mentally and physically engaged.
As part of the eighteen-month initiative, the foundation will re-grant the funds to local nonprofits, with an initial focus on programs supporting healthy aging and livable communities where rural older adults can age with grace. The grant is in addition to the roughly $1.5 million HBF awards annually in support of healthy aging programs.
According to the foundation, rural communities face the challenge of serving a geographically dispersed population in areas without much economic growth and limited funding for community-based programs. In the second year of the initiative, HBF will explore a variety of ways to integrate technology for rural older adults and boost the direct-care workforce serving the rural older adult population.
"We are honored to have been recognized by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation for our work in healthy aging in Wisconsin," Daniel Bader, president and CEO of the Helen Bader Foundation, told . "As the baby boom generation continues to age, it is crucial that our rural communities become more responsive to the needs of older adults. We look forward to continuing to engage new partners across the state to ensure our state in a national leader."