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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Elder Hunger

Elder Hunger

Nearly nine million seniors in the United States face the threat of hunger, an increase of 88 percent over a decade’s time. And, according to the national hunger-relief organization Feeding America, the number of food insecure seniors will increase by 50 percent when the youngest of the Baby Boom Generation reaches age 60 in 2025. Continue reading →

Healthy Eating for Successful Living

Hebrew SeniorLife

In 2005, Hebrew SeniorLife was instrumental in creating and piloting a new evidence-based program for seniors focused on nutrition. The program – Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults™ – now serves more than 1,000 older adults annually and is available in English, Spanish and Russian. Continue reading →

Building Strength and Stamina

Rogerson Communities

As men and women get older, regular activities like walking, climbing stairs, bending and reaching, get a lot harder and the risk of falls increases. These “activities of daily living” require strength and balance, and that’s just one of the reasons why fitness programs for older adults are so important. Continue reading →

Empowering Seniors

Project RIGHT
Project RIGHT
An emergency preparedness class at Project RIGHT.

To be healthy, seniors have to feel safe and informed. That’s why Project RIGHT created the Grove Hall Senior Empowerment Initiative. The program offers workshops for seniors in the Grove Hall neighborhood, comprising part of Roxbury and North Dorchester. Continue reading →

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 →