East Baton Rouge Council on Aging and UnitedHealthcare Celebrate Opening of Homewood Senior Center and Aquatic Program
Center to provide variety of services and activities to support seniors’ health and well-being
BATON ROUGE, La. (Feb. 10, 2015) – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana recently celebrated the opening of the Homewood Senior Center and Aquatic Program. The center will serve the more than 65,000 seniors in the Baton Rouge area and was made possible through a $60,000 donation from UnitedHealthcare.[i]
Homewood Senior Center serves hot meals each day and offers a variety of activities and events designed to help older adults stay active and engaged in the community. Through the aquatic program, seniors can participate in water-safety education and swimming lessons, as well as receive aquatic therapy, which can be an effective treatment and exercise option for people who are overweight or arthritic by reducing the forces on body tissues and joint impact.
UnitedHealthcare will offer wellness, prevention and educational programs at Homewood Senior Center to help Baton Rouge seniors and other community members live healthier lives.
“The Council on Aging is thankful for the support we have received from UnitedHealthcare,” said Tasha Clark-Amar, CEO of East Baton Rouge Council on Aging. “Together we can provide a program that will help our seniors improve their mobility and enhance their quality of life.”
East Baton Rouge Council on Aging is a nonprofit organization serving East Baton Rouge Parish-area seniors. Each year the agency delivers 125,000 meals through its Meals on Wheels program, and more than 85,000 meals to seniors through its senior centers and meal sites.[ii]
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to support the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging and its efforts to serve local seniors by bringing the Homewood Senior Center and Aquatic Program to Baton Rouge,” said April Golenor, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana. “We look forward to helping older adults live healthier lives and offering wellness programs that will make a difference in their health and well-being.”
Serving nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries, UnitedHealthcare is the largest business dedicated to the health and well-being needs of seniors and other beneficiaries.[iii] The company serves more than 78,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Louisiana through its portfolio of Medicare plans, including Medicare Advantage Dual Special Needs Plans designed for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.[iv]
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.[v] Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.[vi] For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.