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 […]

Apr 21

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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 […]

Apr 14

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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 […]

Mar 14

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 [...]

Mar 07

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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 […]

Feb 07

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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 […]

Feb 01

American Heart Month 2022 highlights Hypertension

February is American Heart Month and this year the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is highlighting hypertension or high blood pressure. We are reviewing their resources to help you understand what it is, how to prevent it and how to manage it if you are diagnosed with high blood pressure. Our excerpts […]

Jan 24

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The Partnership between a Caregiver and their Loved One

In Valerie Feurich’s blog post, Caregiver vs. Care Partner: Why You Need to Know the Difference, she notes that “When you go from being a caregiver to being a care partner, your entire approach and the way you see the person in your care is likely to shift.” Feurich goes on to say: “Instead of […]

Jan 10

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What is on your 2022 bucket list?

A new calendar year is when many of us think about how we want to be spending our time. Resolutions are common and those tend to be things we believe we should do to improve ourselves: lose weight, exercise, stop smoking and more. While important, we are proposing that in addition to resolutions, caregivers and […]