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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shining a Spotlight on the Difference Volunteers Make

As a nonprofit, Springwell depends on volunteers as one of our most valuable resources to support delivery of our programs. We are fortunate to have eight volunteer programs serving our communities: Friendly Visitors, Shopping Assistants, Medical Escorts, Office Support workers, Home Delivered Meals Drivers, Congregate Dining Assistants, Money Managers and Ombudsmen. While we always appreciate […]

When I am facing a problem, I call Springwell

Martha, a resident of Watertown, doesn’t remember when or how she first heard about Springwell but says that when she is facing a problem, she calls her Springwell Care Advisor, Kayla, and together they figure out how to solve the problem. As older adults, Martha and her husband have faced the challenges that go along […]

Springwell & BayPath Team up to Celebrate 50 Years of Senior Nutrition

A Free Online Seminar for Residents of Greater Boston & MetroWest March marks the 50th anniversary of the national Senior Nutrition Program. Funded by the Older Americans Act (OAA), local senior nutrition programs serve as hubs for older adults to access nutritious meals and other vital services that strengthen social connections and promote health and [...]

A Person-Centered Approach to Assisting Older Adults with Mental Health Challenges

As part of our continuing education program, Springwell invited Mary Curlew, Community Education and Training Specialist at Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JF&CS), to speak with staff about a person-centered approach that will help Springwell care advisors better understand and effectively respond to mental health changes and challenges in older adults. The approach helps the […]

Remember candy hearts? Let the sweet conversations flow this February

February is all about hearts! The observance of American Heart Month focuses on heart health, but hearts also abound with celebrating Valentine’s Day. While it is associated with romantic love, Valentine’s Day also sparks expressions of love for family and friends. In our opinion, it is valuable to take every opportunity to let family and […]