Lasell’s Fuss Center Receives Foundation Grant

Lasell’s Fuss Center Receives Foundation Grant

December 23, 2010

Lasell's RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies, together with the Newton-based organization Discovering What's Next, has received $45,000 to expand a Transition to Encore Careers program. The program empowers aging adults to explore career transition concerns and consider encore career opportunities by offering information, resources, and supports to this population. The program, targeting adults' ages 60-plus, also works with nonprofits and employers to increase encore awareness and opportunities.

The $45,000 grant is part of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation grants for 2010, which awarded nearly $760,000 to 23 non-profit organizations based in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In total, the Foundation distributed more than $2 million in grants to 63 non-profit organizations in 2010.

The majority of the grants will support Tufts Health Plan Foundation's Healthy Aging initiative, designed to help meet the challenges of an aging society. Through grants in four major areas: vibrant lifestyles, intergenerational collaboration, fall prevention and caregiver support, the Foundation seeks to fund programs that will elevate the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of older adults; enable them to contribute their experiences and knowledge to their communities; and ultimately help older adults live longer, healthier lives.

The Fuss Center and Discovering What's Next also received a grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation last year. The new funding continues to build upon the work the partnership started in 2009-10.

"We are thrilled to receive continued funding to enhance the encore careers program locally," said Joann Montepare, Director of Lasell's Fuss Center.

As a result of the Fuss Center's collaboration with Discovering What's Next, Lasell has hosted an Encore Career Summit on campus, which brought national experts in encore career programming to campus.