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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

Flu Season is Here – Get Vaccinated Today. Posted on Oct 31

Flu Season is Here – Get Vaccinated Today.

Posted by Donna Lazorik, RN, MS. Donna is the Immunization Coordinator in the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.   The best way to protect yourself and your family from getting sick this flu season is to get vaccinated.    …Continue Reading Flu Season is Here – Get Vaccinated Today.

Strengthening support services for Massachusetts seniors and people with disabilities Posted on Sep 26

Strengthening support services for Massachusetts seniors and people with disabilities

 By Dr. JudyAnn Bigby A recent report released by the AARP Policy Institute, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation ranked Massachusetts 30th in the nation for long-term care. The report highlights areas where Massachusetts can improve upon its ability to provide long-term for some   …Continue Reading Strengthening support services for Massachusetts seniors and people with disabilities

Assistive technology is changing the accessibility landscape and daily life for us all Posted on Sep 22

Assistive technology is changing the accessibility landscape and daily life for us all

By Assistant Secretary for Disability Policies and Programs Christine Griffin Over the past 25 years, we have witnessed the advent of innovative assistive technology–everything from “kneeling buses” to software for computers that speak to blind or visually-impaired individuals to video phones that allow individuals who   …Continue Reading Assistive technology is changing the accessibility landscape and daily life for us all

Innovative technology offers more than creature comforts: critical tools for independent living Posted on Sep 1

By Emma Morrison, communications fellow at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services You know when you leave your house without your Blackberry or iPhone and you get that sinking feeling?  We have all been there: the panic sets in and without your ‘smart’   …Continue Reading Innovative technology offers more than creature comforts: critical tools for independent living

SHINE counselors to help guide open enrollment for Medicare benificiaries later this year Posted on Aug 19

By Director of the SHINE Program for the Executive Office of Elder Affairs Cynthia Phillips Most Medicare beneficiaries have just one opportunity a year to evaluate and change their coverage—and this year it's coming earlier, from October 15th to December 7th.  Every year, the “open-enrollment”   …Continue Reading SHINE counselors to help guide open enrollment for Medicare benificiaries later this year

Event at the State House celebrates 20 years of connecting urban youth to individuals with intellectual disabilities Posted on Aug 11

Event at the State House celebrates 20 years of connecting urban youth to individuals with intellectual disabilities

By DDS Commissioner Elin Howe Through the UYCP, I learned that human services promote each unique individual. We as staff in this field can bring out the qualities and abilities in all of the individuals we support. Through that, we can all live a life   …Continue Reading Event at the State House celebrates 20 years of connecting urban youth to individuals with intellectual disabilities

Managing “Mi Vida, Mi Salud”: A culturally-adapted approach to chronic disease management Posted on Aug 2

By Ana Karchmer, American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) program coordinator at the Executive Office of Elder Affairs I recently had the privilege of co-facilitating the “Mi Vida, Mi Salud” program, a Spanish language initiative to help seniors with chronic conditions take control of managing   …Continue Reading Managing “Mi Vida, Mi Salud”: A culturally-adapted approach to chronic disease management

Executive Office of Elder Affairs teams up with HHS Regional Director to explain the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Commonwealth seniors Posted on Jun 3

Executive Office of Elder Affairs teams up with HHS Regional Director to explain the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Commonwealth seniors

By Secretary of Elder Affairs Ann L. Hartstein Over the last five months, I’ve been traveling the Commonwealth with Christie Hager, regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help explain how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – known to   …Continue Reading Executive Office of Elder Affairs teams up with HHS Regional Director to explain the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Commonwealth seniors

Welcome to the Health and Human Services Blog for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Posted on Apr 6

Welcome to the Health and Human Services Blog for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Welcome to the new blog space for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This space, Commonwealth Conversations: Health and Human Services, will serve as a platform for EOHHS to communicate to you important issues related to health   …Continue Reading Welcome to the Health and Human Services Blog for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts