Dec 05

photo of Home delivered meals volunteer with Nutrition Supervisor

Annual Fundraiser Inspires Year-Round Gift of Time and Service

VJ Donnelly of Westborough first learned about the local Meals on Wheels program run by BayPath Elder Services through his work at MetroWest Subaru in Natick. When he joined the company, he took the lead to make Subaru of America’s annual Share the Love campaign as successful as possible. Through Share the Love, Subaru of […]

Nov 01

Resources for Family Caregivers

National Family Caregivers Month, observed annually in November, is a reminder to support and honor family caregivers. The role of a family caregiver may include providing personal care, homemaking, home health care, transportation, meals and much more depending on the needs of the care recipient. In 2022, family caregivers are finding the role increasingly challenging […]

Oct 04

Suicide Prevention is Hope

“Suicide prevention is hope” said Steven Karaiskos, PhD, Senior Director of Community Education & Outreach at Samaritans, Inc., in a recent training seminar for Springwell employees.   Dr. Karaiskos is a social learning expert, a suicide prevention advocate, an educator, and a long-time suicide loss survivor. He has spent years supporting those affected by suicide and […]

Sep 14

Increasing Awareness about Falls Prevention Strategies

According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans each year. Falls impact older adults’ safety and independence but they do not have to be an inevitable part of aging. Falls, with or without injury can impact quality of life. A fear of falling […]

Sep 07

Springwell nutritionist giving presentation about bone health

Nutrition and Bone Health Presentation for Older Adults

Dalia Cohen, Springwell’s Director of Nutrition, recently visited the Beech Street Center in Belmont, the Brookline Senior Center, and the Newton Senior Center to share information with older adults about bone health. Many older adults may learn from health care professionals that their bones are at risk for fractures due to osteopenia or osteoporosis. Bones […]

Jun 03

woman walking to raise awareness for Elder Abuse

Team Springwell is Walking for Elder Abuse Awareness

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is an annual opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older people by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. Springwell employees and friends have joined the 2nd annual virtual Walk for […]

Jun 01

photo of speaker Dr. Katherine King, PsyD

Making Space for Your Needs as a Caregiver

Just a few days before the 126th running of the Boston Marathon, Springwell’s Caregiver Specialist, Carly Conole and Dr. Katherine King, PsyD., a psychologist who helps older adults and their families, hosted family caregivers for a virtual workshop. The topic was universal human needs and how caregivers can meet their own needs even when there […]

May 16

photo of students in technology class with certificates

Healthy Waltham: Bridging the Digital Divide

As an Area Agency on Aging, Springwell develops an Area Plan on Aging every 4 years. In 2020, Springwell’s area planning process started with a needs assessment that included large and small virtual public gatherings, focus groups, and surveys. Older adults, caregivers, and professionals participated, allowing Springwell to gather a wide range of views. One […]

May 09

image of virtual meeting with caregiver specialist

Creative Solutions Make Caregiving Easier

Evelyn and Ray, longtime residents of Newton, have been married for 36 years. About four years ago, Evelyn noticed subtle differences in Ray that turned out to be the onset of dementia. Recently retired, Ray had worked until he was 80. He and Evelyn were active in their community and longtime supporters of many organizations […]

May 04

Springwell Board Member, Yolanda Rodriguez

Board Profile: Yolanda Rodriguez

Yolanda Rodriguez, a native of Brookline and longtime Math teacher and department head in Wellesley Public Schools, thrives in retirement by learning new things. The civic-minded Rodriguez is finishing her third and final 3-year term on Springwell’s Board of Directors. A number of years ago, she attended exercise classes at the Brookline Council on Aging […]