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Trahan Announces $1.4 Million in Federal Funding for the Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.

LOWELL, MA - Today, Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03) announced $1,458,567 in federal grant funding for the Elder Services Of The Merrimack Valley, Inc. The funding is being distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration forCommunity Living.

“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 Congresswoman Trahan.

“Nearly 2/3 of all older adults in Massachusetts live with four or more chronic health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and depression,” said Joan Hatem Roy, Chief Executive Officer of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore.  “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 funding is being awarded through the Administration for Community Living’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) program to support Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley’s project to expand their ability to participate in an integrated, region-wide New England network for the delivery and sustainability of evidence-based chronic disease programs.