Archstone Foundation Awards $400,000 in Grants for Fall Prevention Initiative

Posted October 11, 2007 | Archived News | 2005-2009

The Board of Directors of the Archstone Foundation, a grantmaking foundation committed to preparing society for the growing needs of an aging population, announced the approval of 14 grants under the Fall Prevention Initiative. Thirteen grants are included in Phase Two of the California Senior Fall Prevention Projects, totaling $400,000. Grants were approved during the Board's quarterly meeting in September.
 
Fall Prevention has been an interest area of the Foundation since 1996. In 2003, the Archstone Foundation brought together key stakeholder groups throughout California to begin a strategic planning process for the prevention of falls among older adults. In response to participants' recommendations, the Archstone Foundation provided funding to establish the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence as a coordinating body for fall prevention activities across the State. For more information on the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, please visit www.stopfalls.org.
 
The Archstone Foundation and the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence are collaborating through the California Senior Fall Prevention Projects to help communities build their capacity to address falls in the elderly and deliver integrated fall prevention services that allow seniors to continue to live vital, independent lives. In April 2006, the Foundation launched Phase One of the California Senior Fall Prevention Projects with eleven funded projects. Phase Two of the California Senior Fall Prevention Projects is the continuation of the Foundation’s five-year Fall Prevention Initiative to reduce the risk of falls in the elderly. Phase Two awarded projects include three continuing program expansion grants, five continuing coalitions and five new coalition developments. The Fall Prevention Center of Excellence will provide technical support and project evaluation assistance to grantees. Grants awarded under the California Senior Fall Prevention Projects include:
 
Program Expansion 

  • Alzheimer’s Family Services Center, Huntington Beach, CA ($50,000): An eighteen-month grant to support fall prevention activities in adult day health care settings. 
  • Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA ($50,000): An eighteen-month grant to support the expansion and enhancement of a multi-factorial fall prevention program to reduce the risk of falls among older adults. 
  • ONEgeneration, Van Nuys, CA ($50,000): An eighteen-month grant to support and further expand the Fall Prevention Program. 

Coalition Enhancements

  • Area Agency on Aging, Napa and Solano Counties, Vallejo, CA ($25,000): An eighteen-month grant to support the enhancement of the Napa Valley Fall Prevention Coalition.
  • Area 4 Agency on Aging, Nevada City, CA ($25,000): An eighteen-month grant to support further development of the Nevada County Fall Prevention Coalition.
  • Caring Choices, Oroville, CA ($25,000): An eighteen-month grant to support further development of the Northern California Fall Prevention Coalition.
  • County of Santa Barbara, Adult and Aging Network, Santa Barbara, CA ($25,000): An eighteen-month grant to support further development of the Fall Prevention Task Force.
  • Rebuilding Together, Orange County, Tustin, CA ($25,000): An eighteen-month grant to support the Down with Falls Coalition in Orange County.

New Coalition Development

  • County of San Diego, San Diego, CA ($25,000): An eighteen-month grant to support the San Diego County Fall Prevention Task Force.
  • Healthy Aging Association, Modesto, CA ($25,000): An eighteen-month grant to support the development of the Stanislaus County Fall Prevention Coalition.
  • County of Ventura, Ventura, CA ($25,000):  An eighteen-month grant to support the development of a Ventura County Fall Prevention Coalition.
  • County of Mendocino, Ukiah, CA ($25,000): An eighteen-month grant to support the development of the Mendo-Lake Fall Prevention Coalition.
  • Hospital Consortium of San Mateo County, San Mateo, CA ($25,000): An eighteen-month grant to support and expand current efforts of the San Mateo County Fall Prevention Task Force.

National Effort

  • National Council on Aging, Washington, DC ($220,000): A two-year grant to support the continuation of the Falls FreeTM Initiative.

Archstone Foundation is a private grantmaking organization whose mission is to contribute toward the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population. Under the leadership of Joseph F. Prevratil, J.D., president and CEO, the Archstone Foundation has awarded more than $66 million in grants since it was established in 1986. The Foundation’s funding priorities include elder abuse and neglect, end-of-life issues, fall prevention, and responsive grantmaking to address emerging issues within the aging population. In fiscal year 2007, Archstone Foundation provided approximately $4.9 million in support of its mission.