LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville has received nearly $2 million to help older adults in rural Kentucky. 

The new federal grant was awarded to U of L's Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging (ISHOA). It will provide stipends for four years to 13 social work students, five counseling psychology students and four doctoral level psychiatric nursing students.

Christian Furman, M.D., the institute’s medical director and a professor of geriatric and palliative medicine, says many older adults in failing health suffer from multiple conditions that can be complicated by depression and loneliness. 

"We want to improve their quality of life,"  Furman said. "And with this model of care, we're able to help older adults flourish by addressing the medical, the behavioral and social deterrents of health."

The students will take part in programs in Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Spencer, Shelby and Trimble counties.

Furman says caregivers will also benefit from the grant.

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