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Local organizations land grants from Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Colorado

Grant amounts largely in line with money received during the current fiscal year

Michael Neary

The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest ColoradoArea Agency on Aging of Northwest Colorado approved grants for the coming fiscal year during a meeting Tuesday morning at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, with organizations in Moffat County holding fairly steady compared to the amounts they’ve worked with for the current fiscal year. approved grants for the coming fiscal year during a meeting Tuesday morning at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, with organizations in Moffat County holding fairly steady compared to the amounts they’ve worked with for the current fiscal year.

Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Colorado approved grants for the coming fiscal year during a meeting Tuesday morning at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, with organizations in Moffat County holding fairly steady compared to the amounts they’ve worked with for the current fiscal year.

The Moffat County Senior Social Center is scheduled to receive $26,000, the Moffat County Housing Authority is slated to receive $30,401, and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is set to receive $68,614.

Kelly Nottingham, delegate for the Area Agency on Aging for Moffat County, wrote the grant application for the Senior Social Center of Craig.

“We have a big exercise program,” she said. “We’re going to do yoga, circuit training, a movement-to-music class and a balance class.”

The movement-to-music and balance classes, Nottingham said, are going to be new additions, and she noted a number of other exercise-oriented and social sessions, as well.

Shawnna Muhme, executive director of the Moffat County Housing Authority, said the grant will contribute funds to the senior transportation program and the Meals on Wheels program.

“We’re finding a huge increase in transportation and Meals on Wheels,” she said.

For the Northwest Colorado VNA, grant money contributes to health screening and homemaking services. Charity Neal, director of public health for the Northwest Colorado VNA, said that the homemaking services are part of both the Home Health and Hospice programs — programs that employ people who can do laundry, prepare meals or perform other housekeeping tasks for clients.

The Area Agency on Aging’s meeting at TMH spanned a wide range of territory, including resources for legal advice. Patti Bollenbacher, senior coordinator of Northwest Colorado Legal Services, noted the services of that organization.

“We have been getting out into the areas to make sure that seniors know that there’s free legal advice — for civil cases only,” she said, noting that the organization offers legal help to seniors and lower-income residents.

“I’m very happy to be here and get feedback from anybody in the area about how we can better promote legal services in our communities,” she added.

People seeking more information about Northwest Colorado Legal Services can call 800-521-6968.

Contact Michael Neary at 970-875-1794 or Contact Michael Neary at 970-875-1794 or mneary@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.Contact Michael Neary at 970-875-1794 or mneary@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.


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