ILC-USA Launches Community College Caregiver Training Programs with MetLife Foundation Grant

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NEW YORK (January 29, 2007)- The Caregiving Project for Older Americans, a collaboration between the International Longevity Center-USA (ILC-USA) and the Schmieding Center for Senior Health & Education (SCSHE), will launch a new initiative to support the development of home-based caregiver training programs in community colleges. MetLife Foundation awarded a $475,000 grant to ILC-USA to implement the demonstration project.

“We hope to raise awareness both of the critical need for improved caregiver training and the central role that community colleges can play in providing this training,” said Dr. Robert Butler, president and CEO of the ILC-USA.

The project will award up to twelve $25,000 grants to community colleges to either establish new caregiver training programs or enhance programs that already exist. Formal Request for Proposals will be disseminated by March 2007, and final selections will be made in June.

The need for in-home caregivers is expected to double by 2050, as baby boomers age. Already, about 20% of adults needing assistance are unable to find someone to help, either paid or voluntary. Community colleges hold a great deal of promise for the recruitment of people into the caregiving field, and for the training of both homecare workers and family caregivers. The American Association for Community Colleges reports that 60% of all new registered nurses received an associated degree at a two-year institution.

“Community colleges can serve an important role not only for the recruitment of people into the caregiving field, but also as a gateway to expanded opportunities for their personal and professional development,” said Sibyl Jacobson, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation.

Following the selection of grantees, an introductory report that describes the purpose of the demonstration project, the grantee selection process, and the variety of programs to be implemented will be published. A final evaluation report will be developed to share lessons learned about the role community colleges can play in improving the recruitment and training of homecare workers.

About The Caregiving Project for Older Americans

The Caregiving Project for Older Americans is an action-oriented collaboration that aims to improve the nation’s caregiving work force through training, the establishment of standards, and the creation of a career ladder. A joint venture of the International Longevity Center-USA (ILC-USA) and the Schmieding Center for Senior Health & Education (SCSHE), the effort combines the talents of a policy research center with a clinical outpatient and health education program. To learn more about the project visit http://www.ilcusa.org/prj/caregiving.htm.

About MetLife Foundation

MetLife Foundation was established by MetLife to carry on its long-standing tradition of corporate citizenship and community involvement. Grants support education, health, civic and cultural programs, with a focus on addressing shifting U.S. demographics through its work, including the growing number of older adults in America. More information about the Foundation is available at www.metlife.org

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