Wilder Foundation gets $2.2 million grant for aging services

The Amherst Wilder Foundation reports it has received a $2.2 million grant that will be used to “support and develop critical services for older adults and their caregivers.”

The money comes from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, set up by the Best Buy founder.

Wilder officials say the money will be used over five years to:

  • Model best practices in aging services
  • Develop new models of support for caregivers
  • Design research and outcome measures
  • Provide community leadership through convening and collaboration

The grant comes just as Wilder prepares to open its newly renovated Community Center for Aging, which will consolidate most of the Wilder Foundation’s services for older adults and caregivers serve as a hub for resources related to healthy aging, memory loss and caregiver support. The Schulze grant won’t go toward the capital costs of the Center, to open in January, but the grant will spur program growth at this site, Wilder says.

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