Oct 28

Theresa Alphonse, MPH, Community Partners and Health Equity Program Manager for Steward Health Care Network.

Racism’s Impact on Health: Reaching Racial Equity for Our Community

Springwell strives to provide as many learning opportunities as possible for its staff on topics relevant to its mission. As an agency, Springwell understands the deep significance of health inequity, looks to better understand the causes, and works to alleviate issues that result in disparities. “Our staff is passionate about making impactful changes in the […]

Oct 25

Home Delivered Meals driver delivering meal to recipient

Springwell Needs Home-Delivered Meals Drivers

What does a warm, nutritious meal mean to you? It makes your taste buds happy, fills your growling stomach and may be a time when you gather with family or friends to socialize around the table. As children, many of us thought these meals magically appeared but as adults we know the work that goes […]

Oct 21

Dalia Cohen, Springwell's Director of Nutrition

Increasing Strength for Older Adults

Dalia Cohen, Director of Nutrition at Springwell, periodically leads educational discussions for older adults on topics relating to diet and activity.  “Increasing Your Strength” is the current topic and includes information about strength and muscle mass, the importance of adequate protein intake and the positive effects of exercise. Cohen hosted the discussion at the Brookline […]

Oct 20

photo of volunteer ombudsman in honor of Residents' Rights Month

Volunteer Spotlight on the Ombudsman Program

October is Residents’ Rights Month , an annual event recognizing the respect, dignity, and rights to which all residents of long-term care facilities are entitled. Volunteer Ombudsmen listen to the concerns of residents and advocate to have their needs and wishes met. Today, we are shining the spotlight on Marian who has been a volunteer […]

Oct 18

photo of Springwell Care Advisor, Natalie

Finding Connections Across Generations

New Springwell Care Advisor Natalie Lara offers her view on the work, the people she has met, the impact she is making, and why it matters. Springwell depends on our Care Advisors – who pull together, manage, and monitor in-home services – to support thousands of older adults every year. For many, their role at [...]

Oct 14

photo of volunteer ombudsman in honor or Residents' Rights Month

Volunteer Spotlight for Residents’ Rights Month

October is Residents Rights Month. Springwell’s volunteer ombudsmen make a difference in the lives of residents of long term care facilities. Ombudsmen are highly trained and supervised volunteers who visit a residential facility at least weekly and are available to hear concerns in confidence, advocate to protect residents’ rights, and provide information and referrals. As […]

Aug 26

Anticipatory Grief: What It Is & How to Cope with It

Join us on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 3:00- 4:00 PM for a free virtual workshop for family caregivers from the comfort of your home on the topic of Anticipatory Grief: What It Is & How to Cope with It.  The facilitated discussion will be presented by Catherine LeClerc, LICSW of Good Shepherd Community Care […]

Aug 09

Public Hearing Announced: 2022 – 2025 Area Plan on Aging

As a federally-designated Area Agency on Aging, Springwell is charged with creating an Area Plan every four years for the towns of Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, and Weston. Springwell will be holding a public hearing about services for older adults and family caregivers.  The purpose of the hearing is to gather feedback [...]

Jul 27

Springwell Transportation Grant Program Completed

Springwell received a $90,000 grant from MassDevelopment in April aimed at expanding transportation service capacity through contracts with licensed taxi or livery businesses. After providing over 1,000 rides, 3 months later, the program is ending, having depleted all the funds. Springwell’s mission to provide comprehensive services to seniors, individuals with disabilities and those who provide […]

Jul 14

older woman talking with younger woman

The Art of Conversation with Older Adults

Humans are social beings. Even if one is considered an introvert, we all need and crave interaction and connection. “Conversations are supposed to be fun. They involve personal interactions between two or more people about something of interest. But many people worry about having conversations. They are concerned that they won’t be able to keep […]