More than 150,000 older people will receive care designed specifically to keep them healthy and active, the secretary of state for health has announced.
Patricia Hewitt said 19-ground breaking projects from councils across England have won a share of the two year £60 million Partnership for Older People scheme (POPP).
The first phase of the scheme will begin in May next year, with the second phase commencing in mid 2007.
Ms Hewitt commented on the announcement while visiting one of the funding recipients, the Charlie Ratchmord Resource Centre in Camden: "We know, because older people tell us, that they want to live independently for as long as possible. Too many older people are being admitted to hospital, often as an emergency, when this could be avoided if the right community services were in place at the right time.
"What we want to achieve with POPP are services that avoid these crisis scenarios and that will give our older people more choice and control over their lives."
Other winning boroughs include, Bradford, Leeds, Manchester, Luton, Northumberland, Poole, Sheffield, Wigan and Worcestershire.