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 14

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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 […]

Jun 16

Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors- Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog, we shared general techniques for understanding and responding to all types of dementia related behaviors as presented by Lisa Sobhian, LICSW and Certified Dementia Practitioner from the Alzheimer’s Association. In Part 2, we are discussing responding to specific common dementia behaviors and some likely causes. Behaviors include anxiety or […]

Jun 01

Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors – Part 1

As part of ongoing education, Springwell employees recently attended a training titled, “Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors,” presented by Lisa Sobhian, LICSW and Certified Dementia Practitioner from the Alzheimer’s Association. The training will help Case Managers in their interaction with individuals with dementia and will help them advise family caregivers. Behavior changes most […]

Apr 14

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Taking the Mystery Out of Hospice and Palliative Care

A virtual workshop for caregivers on May 18 Many caregivers find themselves navigating the world of hospice and palliative care with little warning. It is never the wrong time to start asking questions and educating yourself for the future. Join us for a free workshop from the comfort of your home with Mary Crowe, LICSW, […]

Mar 30

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Fast-Forward: Look Into Your Future

An enlightening film that emphasizes the importance of planning for aging By 2045, an average American will live to the age of 85. Very few want to think about aging. Two thirds of Americans do little to prepare for being older. In Fast Forward: Look into Your Future, “four millennials and their parents spend a […]

Feb 10

The Burden and Stress of Caregiving- Don’t go it alone!

GlobeDocs, a Boston Globe documentary film community with monthly screenings, conversations with filmmakers, and an annual film festival, recently screened and discussed the short film, Caregiver: A Love Story, produced and directed by palliative care physician, Dr. Jessica Zitter. The film shares the story of one man, Rick, struggling to care for his dying wife, [...]

Dec 21

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Struggling with Phone Calls Due to Difficulty Hearing, Speaking or Seeing?

Are you or a loved one frustrated because you have difficulty hearing or speaking during phone calls or perhaps because you have difficulty hearing and seeing? MassRelay makes telephone conversations possible for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking on the phone. The service is available 24 hours a day […]

Nov 24

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Caregiver Burnout Prevention Goes Virtual

Over a dozen family caregivers joined Kate King, a psychologist who focuses on helping older adults and their families, and Carly Kascak Conole, Springwell Caregiver Specialist for a virtual workshop to learn techniques to alleviate symptoms of stress that come from caregiving. While it might seem that a virtual workshop would be a difficult way […]

Oct 22

Caregiver Burnout Prevention Virtual Workshop

Join Us for a Free Workshop with Katherine King, PsyD from the Comfort of your Home on November 16 at 4:00 pm! Learn several science-backed stress management skills to soothe your challenging emotions, relax your nervous system, and improve your mental wellness. Assess your current well-being, consider your personal strengths and values, and learn why […]