$1.5 Million Federal Grant to Help Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley Provide Health Services

Joan Hatem Roy, chief executive officer of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, during a WHAV Open Mic Show appearance. (WHAV News file photograph.)

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley is receiving $ 1,458,567 in federal money to provide health services.

Congresswoman Lori Trahan says the grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living addresses concerns arising from the current health crisis.

“The coronavirus pandemic has caused many in our community not to seek the care or treatment they need to treat their medical conditions. Expanded access to evidence-based programs will help our older adults stay healthy as we continue to navigate this pandemic and well into the future. I’m thrilled to announce this federal investment in the hardworking folks at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley so they can continue their efforts to care for our seniors,” said Trahan.

Elder Services Chief Executive Officer Joan Hatem Roy noted, “Nearly two-thirds of all older adults in Massachusetts live with four or more chronic health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, arthritis and depression.” She said “These new resources will allow us to work with community partners across the state and throughout New England to provide in person and virtual evidence-based programs aimed at improving well-being, addressing the social determinants of health and improving social connectedness.”

The money helps Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley’s project to expand its ability to participate in an integrated, regionwide New England network for the delivery and sustainability of evidence-based chronic disease programs.

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