May 21, 2014

The Dayton Foundation’s First Social Innovation Award for Older Adult Programming Awards $486,472

Greater Dayton’s older adult population will benefit from new outreach programs focused on wellness and enrichment, thanks to The Dayton Foundation’s first Del Mar Social Innovation Award for Older Adult Programming totaling $486,472 to five area not-for-profit organizations. The Foundation announced today the recipients of the award, which was presented by the DMH-Fund of The Dayton Foundation. The award recognizes the best innovations from area nonprofits that are working to address issues faced by older adults (ages 55 and older).

“The Dayton Foundation is very pleased to have helped facilitate the first social innovation award that holds the promise of improving the lives of our region’s older adults today and in the future,” said Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation. “The award-winning programs are innovative and collaborative and will greatly contribute to the overall physical and emotional well-being of our senior population.”

The awards were presented to healthcare and human service agencies with longstanding track records of serving older adults in need of comprehensive and coordinated services. The award recipients and their projects include the following.

Alzheimer’s Association ($100,000): to provide one-on-one coaching programs to families with loved ones living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, as well as build a referral system to reach underserved seniors and create a masters-level internship program on aging. Partners in this effort include Fidelity Health Care, Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, Graceworks Lutheran Services, Ohio Department of Aging and Wright State University.

Dayton Metro Library ($86,472): to connect isolated older adults to library resources and encourage and facilitate virtual participation in a professionally instructed arts learning program. Lobby Stop and homebound patrons will have access to 40 iPads and 40 iPad minis, along with wireless connectivity and training, with the option of participating in the Expanding Connectivity program.

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley ($100,000): to build Dayton’s first interdisciplinary community health approach to elder safety and model patient-centered care to prevent, reduce or identify falls in dementia patients and other senior citizens. Partners in this effort include Reach Out of Montgomery County, University of Dayton, Wright State University and Alzheimer’s Association.

Widows Home of Dayton ($100,000): to create the East Dayton Senior Priority Collaborative to provide East Dayton’s older adult population with opportunities for social engagement, wellness and recreational activities, and educational workshops. Partners in the Collaborative include Life Enrichment Center and Community United Methodist Church, with additional support by an extensive network of other nonprofit agencies.

YMCA of Greater Dayton ($100,000): to provide a free, 12-month wellness and healthy lifestyle coaching program for 500 area residents. The Senior Wellness Initiative will engage participants through lifestyle coaching, biometric screenings and small group exercise programs. Qualifying participants will either attend the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program or Move2Live Program at no cost for one year.

"Del Mar Healthcare is proud to support these organizations to bolster programming that will provide greater opportunities for the Dayton Region’s aging population for years to come," said Donald Ambrose, president of Del Mar Healthcare and advisor to the DMH-Fund of The Dayton Foundation. "We are so pleased to partner with The Dayton Foundation and utilize their expert knowledge of the nonprofit sector and grant administration to advance our company’s charitable mission and better meet the needs of the Greater Dayton community."

The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since 1921, the Foundation has helped people to help others, managing charitable funds that have provided over 225,000 grants totaling more than a half-billion dollars to nonprofits over its 93-year history. More information about The Dayton Foundation is available at

DMH-Dayton, Inc., is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit whose charitable purpose is to meet the housing, health and financial security needs of older adults. DMH-Dayton is part of the Del Mar Healthcare family of companies. In 1996, Del Mar began providing housing and healthcare services through the ownership and operation of facilities serving senior citizens. To the extent these activities generate surpluses, Del Mar’s board has decided to invest these funds, not only in their own facilities, but into programs serving seniors in the communities they serve. This includes grants in Dayton, Ohio, and San Diego, California.

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File date: 9.17.14


Joan and Tom Roddy

“The Dayton Foundation is an integral part of our community’s future. By establishing our fund, we're able to join them in this process, thereby making a difference in the Miami Valley for years to come.” –Joan and Tom Roddy, legacy donors

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