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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

Massachusetts is First State in the Nation to Register with the Alzheimer’s Early Detection Alliance Posted on Sep 13

Massachusetts is First State in the Nation to Register with the Alzheimer’s Early Detection Alliance

On September 13, 2013, Paul Dietl, the Commonwealth’s Chief Human Resources Officer, signed on to the Alzheimer’s Early Detection Alliance, on behalf of all state employees. Massachusetts is the first state to register, joining 100 businesses who have signed on to the AEDA on behalf of   …Continue Reading Massachusetts is First State in the Nation to Register with the Alzheimer’s Early Detection Alliance

May is Older Americans Month: Unleashing the Power of Age Posted on May 21

May is Older Americans Month: Unleashing the Power of Age

A message from the Office of Elder Affairs Secretary Ann Hartstein Fifty years ago, the youngest United States president designated May Senior Citizens Month.  At the time President Kennedy issued his proclamation, 17 million Americans had reached their 65th birthday.  Medicare wouldn’t be enacted until   …Continue Reading May is Older Americans Month: Unleashing the Power of Age

September is Healthy Aging Month: Time to Stretch and Smile Posted on Sep 18

September is Healthy Aging Month: Time to Stretch and Smile

By Executive Office of Elder Affairs Secretary Ann L. Hartstein Two years ago, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs developed an “Aging Agenda,” underscoring the fact that aging begins at birth and is a lifelong process. Based on nine principles for improving the quality of   …Continue Reading September is Healthy Aging Month: Time to Stretch and Smile

State plan for managing Alzheimer’s advances Posted on Feb 15

State plan for managing Alzheimer’s advances

By Elder Affairs’ Secretary Ann Hartstein Last week the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders State Plan was released by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) and the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts /New Hampshire chapter. The plan provides recommendations, resources, goals and strategies to improve the lives   …Continue Reading State plan for managing Alzheimer’s advances

Making resolutions you can really keep Posted on Jan 5

Making resolutions you can really keep

By Executive Office of Elder Affairs Secretary Ann Hartstein   It’s the start of the New Year, and many of us are being inundated by an avalanche of New Year’s resolutions. We are warned to start exercising regularly; address weight concerns; stop smoking; give up   …Continue Reading Making resolutions you can really keep