Oct 15


The National Center on Elder Abuse defines elder abuse as intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or a “trusted individual” that harm, or may harm, a vulnerable senior. Abuse and neglect of seniors occurs in every community across the Commonwealth. As the protective services agency for 17 local towns and cities, Springwell has been […]

Oct 06

Springwell Testimony to the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs

Presentation by Ruth Beckerman-Rodau Chief Executive Officer of Springwell to The General Court of Massachusetts Joint Committee on Elder Affairs Hearing on Health Care and Long-Term Services and Supports October 6, 2015 I appreciate the opportunity to present testimony to you today. Springwell is one of 26 organizations across the Commonwealth that serve as the […]

Sep 14

FAST Teams: A New Approach to Addressing Elder Financial Abuse

Scam artists, fraudulent telemarketers, and even family members have become more sophisticated in targeting and defrauding seniors of more than $2.5 billion annually. Both Massachusetts and Springwell are at the forefront of developing innovative ways to respond to the complicated problem of financial abuse of seniors. Springwell is the lead agency for the greater Boston […]

Sep 12

Meet Officer Jon Bailey

In his 22 years of service on the Waltham Police Department, Officer Jon Bailey has received commendations and awards from a wide array of groups and organizations including the Waltham City Council, the Massachusetts State Senate, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is the kind of ally that Springwell’s Protective Services Program […]

Jun 08

Better Together: Sharing Tasks & Friendships

Linda G. joined Springwell’s volunteer team in the true spirit of pay-it-forward. “My mother lives in Florida, and she’s always looking for a ride to the grocery store,” she says. “I’m not there to help her, but I thought I could help someone here.” Meanwhile, grocery shopping had become a challenge for Lea G. Macular […]

May 11

Home Care: A Solution that Works

When sixty-seven-year-old Tawney Wray slipped on the ice and needed shoulder surgery two years ago, the active power-walker didn’t know how to cope with being incapacitated. She went from being completely self-sufficient to being unable to lift or carry anything. Luckily, two different professionals in her life referred her to Springwell. Soon Tawney was enrolled [...]

Nov 07


“I’d be here anyway,” says Lenora’s sister, Liza, “but with the Personal Care Attendant Program and Rachel’s help, I don’t have to worry about missing work, or making ends meet. This is my job.” Lenora, who at 54 years old, has been struggling with the impact that diabetes has had on her life, agrees, “Family is important […]

Nov 01

A New Partner in Meeting the Legal Needs of Seniors

This fall, Springwell and MetroWest Legal Services have joined together to promote and protect the rights of seniors. Springwell has provided MetroWest Legal Services with a two-year grant through our Community Grants Program to run an Elder Law Clinic that provides information, advice and referrals to seniors, and conduct free community seminars on legal issues relevant to […]

Oct 15

Springwell Awarded New Supportive Housing Site in Brookline

In August, Springwell received word from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs that our application to extend our long-standing partnership with the Brookline Housing Authority by bringing our Care Connections program to the Colonel Floyd, Kickham and Morse Apartments in Brookline had been chosen for funding. The program is designed in the style of a […]

May 01

Partnership Ensures Nutrition, Companionship

A hearty bowl of vegetable soup will chase the chill on an early spring day, and a sandwich and leafy salad may be just the thing to celebrate the return of warm, sunny weather. Savvy diners make Springwell’s Senior Dining Program in Belmont their noontime destination for a nutritious meal-and the company of welcoming servers and friendly […]