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Miami-Dade and Monroe County Organizations Receive Grants to 'JumpStart the Conversation'
Date:3/6/2009

MIAMI, March 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eight projects in the Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties were awarded "JumpStart the Conversation" grants for projects focused on addressing transportation and mobility options for seniors as an avenue to creating livable communities for all. The winning projects were chosen based on their innovation and potential for enhancing Miami-Dade and Monroe counties' "Aging in Place" services.

The grants were the result of a November 17 workshop in Miami, Fla., which was the latest in a series of regional workshops focused on creating livable communities for all ages. The workshops and grants are part of the national Aging in Place Initiative pioneered by Partners for Livable Communities (PLC) and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), and funded by MetLife Foundation. The workshop was hosted by the Alliance for Aging at the Miami-Dade County Commission Chambers.

"The diversity of organizations partnering to improve livability for all ages is a good indicator of community-wide support for this initiative for years to come," said Robert McNulty, president of Partners for Livable Communities. "This first wave of partnerships in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties will stimulate innovative action at the local level and also serve as a national model for Aging in Place."

One recipient, the Miami Behavioral Health Center, is implementing a program to encourage independence through individualized "Mobility Maps." Each senior will create their own blueprint that maps out personalized transportation options and destinations. To help promote this innovation, the Miami Behavioral Health Center will also hold training sessions to inform other organizations of how to teach the "Mobility Maps" approach to senior transportation.

Julio Ruiz, Program Director of Elderly Services at the Miami Behavioral Health Center, feels "if every one of our elders is able to cr
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