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Tips for Seniors: Making Spirits Bright and Healthy This Holiday Season Posted on Dec 11

Tips for Seniors: Making Spirits Bright and Healthy This Holiday Season

For seniors, like everyone else, the holidays can be a great time but also an excuse to overindulge but it’s important to remember to enjoy the abundance of sugary, salty and high-fat foods in moderation. Seniors, in particular, must pay close attention to their diet   …Continue Reading Tips for Seniors: Making Spirits Bright and Healthy This Holiday Season

What You Need to Know about MassOptions! Posted on Nov 25

What You Need to Know about MassOptions!

The number of older adults and individuals with disabilities in Massachusetts is rapidly growing. We know that navigating programs and services can sometimes be complicated, and we are committed to facilitating better access for the people we serve. That is why the Baker-Polito Administration along   …Continue Reading What You Need to Know about MassOptions!

Farmers Market Tour Shines A Positive Light on the Importance of Access to Local Produce for Seniors Posted on Oct 16

Farmers Market Tour Shines A Positive Light on the Importance of Access to Local Produce for Seniors

It was a beautiful October day – perfect for a visit to a farmers market. Crisp air and warm sun mingled with rich autumn foliage to provide a perfect backdrop for the bountiful fresh produce overflowing at the vendor booths.  Not only did the Northampton   …Continue Reading Farmers Market Tour Shines A Positive Light on the Importance of Access to Local Produce for Seniors

Celebrating “National Employ Older Workers Week” Posted on Sep 30

Celebrating “National Employ Older Workers Week”

  “Experience never gets old” is the tagline for Robert De Niro’s newest movie The Intern, which follows a 70-year-old widower who decides to rejoin the workforce as an intern. The tagline is catchy and also appropriate for the spotlight being placed on the valuable,   …Continue Reading Celebrating “National Employ Older Workers Week”

A Team Approach: Walk to End Alzheimer’s Posted on Sep 28

A Team Approach: Walk to End Alzheimer’s

On Sunday, September 27, a team from Executive Office of Elder Affairs, led by Secretary Alice Bonner and Co-captain Adam Frank, turned out in full force at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Cambridge joining thousands in a parade of purple that stretched for miles. The   …Continue Reading A Team Approach: Walk to End Alzheimer’s

“Take a Stand to Prevent Falls” helps seniors get solid footing Posted on Sep 25

“Take a Stand to Prevent Falls” helps seniors get solid footing

The Massachusetts Falls Prevention Coalition’s Falls Prevention Awareness Day was a great opportunity for everyone to learn how to reduce risks for falls and fall injuries and more importantly, to prevent falls from happening. Secretary of Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Alice Bonner, addressed the   …Continue Reading “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls” helps seniors get solid footing

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