It’s Older Driver Safety Awareness Week!

December is a time of many holiday festivities and family get-togethers. Here in Massachusetts, it’s also a time of snow and cautious driving. Older Driver Safety Awareness Week in the first week of December is an opportunity to promote the importance of safe driving among older adults. Continue reading

“It’s My Fault and I Just Need to Get Over It”: The Story of Ms. McKay’s Depression

By Kathy Kuhn, Center for Aging and Disability Resource (CADER), BU School of Social Work

I’d like to share with you a story from my days as a social worker at Kit Clark Senior Services (KCSS).

Ms. McKay is an 82-year-old African American woman living in Dorchester. She was single, with significant hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis. Although she had a prosthetic leg, she was mobile. She had been active in her church but was recently spending more and more time alone in her apartment and not even collecting her mail. Her apartment was getting increasingly cluttered, bordering on hoarding. Continue reading

Making Aging Sexy: Highlights from the MCOA 2014 Conference

By Angel Bourgoin, Consultant, JSI 

This year’s Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging (MCOA) fall conference was a great success. Bringing together Councils on Aging, municipal agencies, researchers, and other partners in Falmouth, Mass. on October 8-10, the conference was a vibrant discussion on the important issues and opportunities in improving the lives of older adults. Joanne Moore, president of the MCOA Board of Directors, praised the conference’s presenters and staff, saying “Our 600+ engaged learners went back to their Senior Centers renewed, excited, and bubbling with ideas!” Continue reading

Leveraging Resources, Learning from Each Other

By Kayla Romanelli, Program Associate, Tufts Health Plan Foundation

“How many people in the room feel maxed out?” A few brave participants slowly raised their hands. Then another question, “How many people in the room wish they had a road map to achieve their goals?” More hands went up. “Today we are going to help you build that road map.” And with that, the workshop began. Continue reading

Improving Walkability in Fall River

By Jaime Corliss and Ben Wood, MDPH and Julie Kelly, Fall River Mass in Motion

Public health people love to talk about Policy, Systems and Environmental change (PSE for short). You probably have an understanding of what this concept means (and you may be sick of hearing about it; or if you are like us you live and love it!) but it is important to note how much this way of thinking is driving public health priority selection and resource allocation. Continue reading

What are you doing for Falls Prevention Awareness Day?

Falls are the leading cause of injuries among older adults, but there are many ways that older adults can prevent falls, including:

  • Exercise to improve strength and balance,
  • Good nutrition that includes plenty of calcium and vitamin D,
  • Reviewing medications to avoid drowsiness and dizziness,
  • Ensuring good vision through regular check-ups and wearing appropriate glasses or contact lenses,
  • Removing potential hazards at home like clutter, slippery surfaces, and poor lighting, and
  • Participating in falls prevention programs like A Matter of BalanceContinue reading