UnitedHealthcare Donates $5,000 to Support DOVES Program

Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:00am EDT

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Area Agency on Aging transitional housing program helps older victims of
domestic violence in Maricopa County
PHOENIX--(Business Wire)--
UnitedHealthcare has donated $5,000 to support DOVES, an Area Agency on Aging
transitional housing program for older victims of domestic violence in Maricopa

DOVES helps victims of late-life domestic violence (ages 50+) overcome the
unique challenges they face in attempting to protect themselves from their
abusers - including being forced to leave their homes. The Area Agency developed
a program that provides older victims of abuse with weekly support groups,
emergency housing and meals for up to two weeks, and transitional housing for up
to two years. 

"The Area Agency on Aging is grateful for our relationship with UnitedHealthcare
and the company`s commitment to the quality of life in our community. Through
UnitedHealthcare's support for the Agency DOVES program, victims of late-life
elder abuse and domestic violence are able to rebuild their shattered lives and
gain the tools to live free from fear and abuse," said Gerry Kroloff, vice
president of community relations, Area Agency on Aging. 

"UnitedHealthcare very much welcomes the chance to support the Area Agency on
Aging`s DOVES program to help ensure older Arizonans have access to important
resources that will help them live safely and securely," said George Young,
regional vice president, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. 

DOVES is a landmark program designed for victims of late-life domestic violence
and elder abuse. It is the first program of its kind in Maricopa County. DOVES
is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family

In 2008, the program received an Aging Innovations Award from the National
Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and, in 2009 the Arizona Attorney
General`s Office honored DOVES "in recognition of outstanding innovative
practice on behalf of victims of crime." 

Serving nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries, UnitedHealthcare is the
nation`s largest business dedicated to meeting the health and well-being needs
of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries. UnitedHealthcare offers Medicare
Advantage plans, Part D prescription drug plans and Medicare supplement plans in

UnitedHealthcare employs nearly 4,000 individuals and serves more than 1.3
million people in Arizona, including more than 240,000 Medicare members, through
a care provider network that includes more than 80 hospitals and more than
13,100 physicians. 

About the Area Agency on Aging, Region One
Established in 1974, the Area Agency on Aging, Region One serves nearly 90,000
older adults and adults with disabilities each year in Maricopa County. Hundreds
of dedicated volunteers and professionals in the community work in concert with
the Area Agency on Aging to deliver home and community-based services, protect
elder rights, operate senior centers and provide information, assistance and

About UnitedHealthcare
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
and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 780,000
physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other
care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 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. 

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