Stories from the Field

Explore these profiles to learn how others are addressing challenges and making strides to advance health aging.
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Keeping Seniors Connected

At 67 years old, Mary Cunningham didn’t expect to have to give up driving, but health circumstances forced her to retire her keys. Nervous about the burden of finding a ride to daily medical appointments, Mary discovered ITNGreaterBoston, a service that matches volunteer drivers with older adults in their community who are unable or no longer want to drive. Continue reading →

Breaking Down Barriers

YMCA

At the Wang YMCA of Chinatown, more than 400 seniors of Asian descent have participated in “Get Fit, Stay Fit for Life,” a free six-month program that brings adults 60 or over together for group exercises, counseling services, informative workshops and organized social activities. Continue reading →

Community Health Programs

Great Barrington Senior project

In Sheffield, Massachusetts, students and older adults gathered at the Sheffield Senior Center to celebrate and present their Senior Life History Projects to friends and family. The Senior Life History Project, developed by Community Health Programs in Berkshire County, is a unique program bringing generations together to learn about each other in order to create a Senior Life History Scrapbook detailing the older adult’s life. Continue reading →

Reduce the Risk of Falls at Home

Carroll Stairs - Before

According to the National Council on Aging, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall every 15 seconds, and, sadly, falls are the leading cause of injury death among adults age 65 years and older in the United States. An older adult dies following a fall every 29 minutes. Continue reading →