NEW YORK, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Longevity Center, with support from MetLife Foundation, has selected 15 community colleges to receive $20,000 grants for caregiver training programs.
The 2009 Community College Training Initiative grants are part of the Caregiving Project for Older Americans, a partnership of the International Longevity Center and the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education. The initiative is focused on addressing a growing caregiving crisis by encouraging the expansion of caregiver training programs for family caregivers and in-home care workers. Since 2007, the initiative has awarded 39 grants.
"This initiative has gained tremendous momentum in recent years and this year's applications were particularly strong," said Dr. Robert N. Butler, president and CEO of the International Longevity Center. "More than ever, people who need quality homecare are having difficulty finding it, and families who often provide care are facing greater challenges balancing work and home responsibilities."
This year's winners are:
"Community colleges are perfectly positioned to help address a growing caregiving crisis," said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. "MetLife Foundation is pleased to support this initiative, which offers much-needed training resources to family caregivers and in-home care professionals."
The International Longevity Center-USA is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan research, education, and policy organization whose mission is to help individuals and societies address longevity and population aging in positive and productive ways, and to highlight older peoples' productivity and contributions to their families and society as a whole. The organization is part of a multinational research and education consortium, with centers in 11 countries, which work both autonomously and collaboratively to study how greater life expectancy and increased proportions of older people impact nations around the world. For more information, visit www.ilcusa.org/prj/caregiving.htm.
MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 by MetLife to carry on its longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. In the area of aging, the Foundation funds programs that promote healthy aging and address issues of care giving, intergenerational activities, mental fitness, and volunteerism. More information about MetLife Foundation is available at www.metlife.org.
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