(Waupun) Waupun was recently awarded with a grant that will look to make life easier for senior citizens. The city was one of three communities to receive $150,000 through the Cargill Foundation and the UW-School of Nursing. The two groups launched a pilot program last year to explore healthy aging in rural towns.
City Administrator Kathy Schlieve says there is a need to examine issues such as cost of care and how to age well in place. She also credited the work from a newly formed Aging Coalition that is comprised of city staff, nursing home workers, ADRC members and others who have and will continue to play a role during this process.
Shlieve says Waupun has a long list of goals they wish to achieve with the grant money but noted enhancements to the city’s Senior Center as a priority. She says following a facility studies, the Senior Center was one of two buildings that needs work and lacks adequate space.
Other implementation goals include identifying additional grant opportunities, expanding services such as transportation and providing affordable housing. Schlieve says the grant will be spread out over two-and-half years and is set to begin sometime in May.