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Program to reduce isolation and suicide among elderly in Yavapai County receives funding
Age-adjusted suicide rate in Yavapai County is more than twice the national average
KENNET SQUARE, Pa. — Kendal Charitable Funds has awarded a $50,000 grant to fund a two-year initiative in Yavapai County to engage isolated older adults who are at risk for depression, substance abuse and suicide.
The program will include visits with elderly support groups, educational programs and referrals for needed services.
Intended to benefit adults age 60 and older who live in Prescott and surrounding areas in Yavapai County, the Promising Innovations grant was awarded in December to expand the Senior Peer Program at the Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation, according to a media from Kendal Charitable Funds.
“With this grant, we intend to nearly double participation in the Senior Peer Prevention program 1,161 today to 2,000 seniors over the next two years, “says Laura Norman, chief development and communications officer for the clinic and director for its foundation.
“Some of the best protective factors against depression, substance abuse and suicide among elders are feelings of and support from ongoing relationships, which is what the Senior Peer provides,” she said. Click here to continue reading this Daily Courier article.