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Don Fraser at Rianda House

Former U.S. Marine pilot Don Fraser led the Veteran's Day services at St. Helena's Rianda House Senior Activity Center in November. Rianda House will receive a grant this year from Napa Valley Vintners to support its services.

The Napa Valley Vintners has announced $1.8 million in funding from Auction Napa Valley for active aging and compassionate elder care in Napa County.

The four nonprofit organizations funded in this second of three phases under the NVV’s community health giving include Collabria, Mentis, OLE Health and Rianda House. These organizations anticipate serving nearly 14,000 Napa County residents in 2020.

Through the nonprofits supported in this grant category, seniors in Napa County can access programs and healthcare that help them stay healthy and assist seniors and their families in navigating often daunting healthcare channels, NVV stated in a news release.

Benefits to individuals frequently extend to the community at large, as it is often working adults taking care of children who seek support for their families.

NVV cited the synergistic impact of its grants to nonprofit partners in Napa County. An example of this synergy is the continuum of care extended to Judy and Milton Crabb.

When Judy started taking exercise classes at Rianda House Senior Activity Center, she didn’t really consider herself an “older person.” She wanted to stay active and stimulated, she wanted to stay social and growing.

Life threw a curve ball when her husband, Milton, started forgetting things and faltering when trying to find the right words. Through a collaboration between Rianda House and Collabria, Milton had access to a social worker for an initial brain assessment, leading to an appointment with a neurologist.

The Alzheimer diagnosis was devastating to both of them. But in the midst of that devastation was the support they were able to access with Rianda House and Collabria at a convenient, Upvalley location. Milton immersed himself in a brain fitness class that he loved, attending every week. Judy took part in a caregiver’s support group, where she found new friends, friends who were walking the same path as she was.

“A thriving senior center is a keen reminder to older adults that they are valued community members who are respected, revered and relished,” said Julie Spencer, executive director of Rianda House. “We are extremely grateful to the Napa Valley Vintners for their continued leadership in funding programs throughout Napa County that provide older adults with no-cost programs supporting wellness, social connections, and links to vital resources, including compassionate end of life care.”

View Judy and Milton’s story, as well as other community support made possible by NVV funding, in the Auction Napa Valley Video Gallery at auctionnapavalley.org/media/videos.

Grants have been awarded to:

Active Aging and Compassionate Elder Care Funding

— Rianda House, $90,000: Rianda House is a Upvalley senior activity center, offering a one-stop shop approach to connecting the community’s senior population to the programs, services and resources needed to support independence and successful aging.

— Collabria Care, $500,000: Collabria provides professional healthcare, expert resources and compassionate support to individuals and their loved ones experiencing the transitions of aging, serious illness or facing the end of life.

— Mentis, $400,000: In collaboration with Collabria Care, Mentis provides the Healthy Minds, Healthy Aging program providing behavioral and cognitive/dementia health prevention, early intervention, case management and mental health services for underserved older adults.

— OLE Health, $800,000: OLE Health’s Napa Valley Vintners South Napa Campus is the medical home to more than 37,000 Napa County patients, impacting one in four children and one in six adults.

To date, the NVV has invested more than $195 million in community health and children’s education in Napa County.

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