Jun 15

Protective Services Team Inspires Gratitude

Often when people think about elder abuse, the first thing that comes to mind is physical harm. Elder abuse also includes sexual and emotional abuse as well as neglect, self-neglect, and financial exploitation. Money scams and fraud are forms of financial exploitation. Today, 1 in 10 Massachusetts older adults are reported to be victims of […]

May 15

Powered by Connection: Older Americans Month

Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM), a time to recognize older Americans’ contributions, highlight aging trends, and reaffirm commitments to serving the older adults in our communities. The 2024 theme is Powered by Connection, which recognizes the profound impact that meaningful relationships and social connections […]

Apr 17

Invitation to the Ken Alpert Elder Independence Fund Dedication reception with picture of Ken holding an award certificate

In Memorium: Ken Alpert

In September, 2023, after 42 years working as a Care Manager for Springwell, Ken Alpert died unexpectedly at the young age of 67. Like his idol, Carl Yastrzemski, who played for just one team, the Boston Red Sox, for his entire Major League career, Ken spent his entire Care Manager career at Springwell. Ken graduated […]

Mar 16

4 smiling unidentified members of the AAA committee

Springwell Grantees Help Address Area Needs

In 1965, the Older Americans Act (OAA) was passed by Congress to “create a comprehensive and coordinated system of care for elderly Americans.” The program, funded with federal grants, is administered locally across the country by Area Agencies on Aging (AAA). In part of its role as an AAA, Springwell works with community partners in […]

Feb 16

Two Springwell consumers sitting close together and smiling at each other

Housing with Supportive Services

Jim and Annie are enjoying their retirement years living together in congregate housing. This housing design provides residents with both privacy and the opportunity for companionship. Residents have a private area that they furnish themselves and they also have access to numerous common areas, including kitchen, living room, and dining room.This is where Jim and […]

Jan 03

photo of older man and woman

Ring in 2024 by Committing to Improve How You Manage Your Chronic Disease

We are pleased to share this content provided by the Administration for Community Living (https://acl.gov/)  Eighty percent of older adults have at least one chronic disease, such as diabetes, arthritis, or high blood pressure, and 68% have at least two. Many struggle to manage them. And let’s face it, chronic conditions can make it hard […]

Dec 20

Phot opp of attendees of the Springwell Share the Love Meals on Wheels Volunteer Open House

CitySide Subaru and MetroWest Subaru partner to deliver Meals on Wheels

Springwell provides Meals on Wheels for 20 communities in Massachusetts delivering nearly 1000 meals daily. In a world where so many things can be automated, the delivery of a nutritious meal still needs the human touch of a person bringing it to the door with a cheerful greeting. As an essential part of the social […]

Nov 01

young woman hugging older woman on poster for Family caregivers month

Caregiver Tips: Coping with Resistance

  Disagreement about care decisions is one of the most difficult dilemmas that many caregivers face. The identified care recipient may deny that they need assistance, while their support community may believe that extra care would enhance their safety and comfort and give them a needed break from daily responsibilities. Maintaining independence and dignity is […]

Sep 15

elderly man and woman sitting holding hands

Caregivers Need a Team and a Plan

Donna Murray, Springwell’s Caregiver Specialist helps caregivers access resources but perhaps even more importantly she helps them figure out their goals, build resilience, set boundaries, and learn how to make time for themselves. Typically, the family caregiver’s goal is to provide exceptional care for a relative that makes living at home safe and comfortable.  Caregivers […]

Aug 01

Springwell Care Manager on phone with pen in hand looking at papers and computer screen to help a consumer with services

Helping People Age at Home

The nationwide shortage of in-home care workers has made it difficult for many of the people Springwell serves to get the help they need and deserve. It is frustrating for everyone when we have to wait for a worker to be found to provide services that are needed. It is our mission to help older […]