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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

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