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Technology Offers Solutions to Challenges Faced by Consumers and Providers Posted on Aug 14

Technology Offers Solutions to Challenges Faced by Consumers and Providers

Technology solutions can help increase access, enhance quality, and improve coordination of services for older adults and individuals with disabilities. These innovative approaches take on many forms and address a variety of issues. Examples of technology solutions include virtual “visits” with providers through videoconferencing and   …Continue Reading Technology Offers Solutions to Challenges Faced by Consumers and Providers

ABCD Honors Foster Grandparents Posted on Jul 3

ABCD Honors Foster Grandparents

On June 12th, two bus-loads of excited seniors – aged 55 to 91 – rolled into Dorchester to mark 50 years of the Action for Boston Community Development Inc.’s (ABCD’s) Foster Grandparents Program. More than 170 seniors from all over Boston, speaking English, Spanish, Chinese,   …Continue Reading ABCD Honors Foster Grandparents

Older Americans Month – Older Americans Act Posted on May 13

Older Americans Month – Older Americans Act

May is Older American’s Month and the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act In 1965, when the United States Congress passed the Older Americans Act, only 17 million Americans lived to their 65th birthday. In Massachusetts, approximately 600,000 reached that milestone. Today, that number has more than doubled in Massachusetts and the   …Continue Reading Older Americans Month – Older Americans Act

Executive Office Approves New Leaders for Elder Affairs, Transitional Assistance Posted on Apr 22

Executive Office Approves New Leaders for Elder Affairs, Transitional Assistance

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services recently announced appointments in two key positions – the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Department of Transitional Assistance. We are pleased to welcome Secretary Alice Bonner and Commissioner Jeff McCue. Alice Bonner is a nationally known   …Continue Reading Executive Office Approves New Leaders for Elder Affairs, Transitional Assistance

Medicare Open Enrollment is Here: October 15th to December 7th! Posted on Nov 4

Medicare Open Enrollment is Here: October 15th to December 7th!

Every year, the arrival of autumn brings falling leaves, cooler days and nights, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Medicare Open Enrollment. Medicare beneficiaries or prospective beneficiaries have the option of signing up for Medicare health and prescription drug benefit plans, including Medicare Advantage, during Open Enrollment.  If   …Continue Reading Medicare Open Enrollment is Here: October 15th to December 7th!

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Posted on Jun 13

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

This year, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) will receive 23,000 reports of elder abuse and neglect – an increase of more than 1,500 over last year. Eight years ago in recognition of the scope and universality of the issue, the International Network   …Continue Reading World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

May Is Older American’s Month Posted on May 15

May Is Older American’s Month

In 1963, when John F. Kennedy, the youngest president of the United States, first declared May Senior Citizens Month, there were 17 million Americans who had reached their 65th birthday.  By 2009, according to the Administration on Aging, there were 39.6 million Americans who were   …Continue Reading May Is Older American’s Month

Celebrating Older Americans Month: ACA Means Savings for Seniors Posted on May 1

Celebrating Older Americans Month: ACA Means Savings for Seniors

There are many benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), from increases access to quality health care, to making it more affordable to get comprehensive health insurance and strengthening primary care to prevent the most common chronic illnesses. But some of the biggest benefits of   …Continue Reading Celebrating Older Americans Month: ACA Means Savings for Seniors

Celebrating Women’s History Month: ELSIE FRANK Posted on Mar 24

Celebrating Women’s History Month: ELSIE FRANK

March is Women’s History Month, a time to acknowledge the significant contributions women make to their families, their businesses, their communities, and social progress. This month, we remember Elsie Frank, a woman whose name we recognize on our Office of Elder Affairs conference room and   …Continue Reading Celebrating Women’s History Month: ELSIE FRANK

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy and Seniors in the Workforce Posted on Jan 13

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy and Seniors in the Workforce

Since Nelson Mandela’s death on December 5th, there has been considerable commentary about his having assumed the presidency of South Africa’s first post-apartheid government in 1994 when he was 75.  Looking back on that time and South Africa’s subsequent course, Mandela was certainly the person   …Continue Reading Nelson Mandela’s Legacy and Seniors in the Workforce