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   Your local Council on Aging and Senior Center is a great resource for you! 

By JoAnn Thibault

When you connect with your local Council on Aging (COA) you will receive opportunities to be with your peers, socialize, learn new skills, exercise, and receive support that helps you remain as independent as possible in your home.

Your local Council on Aging has the information you need. Below is a list of services and referrals they provide:

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   What Are Aging Service Access Points?

By JoAnn Thibault

Aging Services Access Points, known in the elder network as ASAPs, were established under Chapter 19A of Massachusetts General Laws. There are 27 ASAPs statewide in exclusive geographic areas. ASAPs are private, non-profit agencies with Governing Boards made up of at least 51% representation of person’s age 60 or older and appointed by the local Councils on Aging.

ASAPs provide the following direct services: Information and Referral; interdisciplinary case management: intake, assessment, development and implementation of service plans; monitoring of service plans; and reassessment of needs; and Protective Services: investigations of abuse and neglect of elders.

Click on www.800AGEINFO.com/map for a listing of your local ASAP.

SOURCE: http://www.mass.gov


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   Social Support Activities Lead to Better Quality of Life As One Ages





SOURCE:  http://www.planforcare.org

 

How important is social support as a person ages? This may seem like an easy question to answer. Most people would not choose isolation and loneliness versus spending time with companions. However, can lack of social support really hinder a person’s overall quality of life?

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    If We are Not Getting Older….


By JoAnn Thibault

As long as we are still on this earth, we age. There is nothing we can do about it. So let’s face the facts and embrace the aging process!

When I was 15 years old, the thought of being 20 was exciting and so far, far away. When I was 20 years old, the thought of 30 was scary and so far, far away. When I was 30 years old, the thought of 40 was a career shattering awakening, and (not) so far, far away. Now I am 44 and the thought of 50, 60 or 70 is not so scary, not such an awakening, but a reality (not) so far, far away.

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Adult Day Health Centers


WHAT ARE ADULT DAY SERVICES?

Adult Day Health Care centers are designed to meet the physical, functional, and social needs of elderly and disabled adults who are unable to live totally independently.

Medical Services:

• Medication assessment and  management in
  collaboration with the client’s physician
• Ongoing health assessment and care of medical
  and mental health conditions
• Management of diabetes and other chronic
  illnesses
• Incontinence and colostomy care
• Proper nutrition
• Personal care
• Physical, occupational and speech therapy

Activities Program:

• Supervision
• Social interaction
• Companionship
• Therapeutic and cognitively stimulating activities
• Musical interactions
• Daily exercise
• Quiet area for relaxation and reading
• Dementia specific activities (this may vary in
  different sites)

Social Services:

• On-going counseling and support for participants
  and their families
• Referrals for services such as housing,
  transportation, in-home care, or mental health
  services
• Assistance determining eligibility for various
  services and benefits


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