May 01

woman in apartment building lobby delivering meals to older adults

A Year of Volunteer Meal Deliveries

Springwell’s Home Delivered Meals program faced severe staffing challenges when employment programs closed under the emergency order in March 2020. People like Eugenie Coakley swiftly answered Springwell’s call for volunteer drivers one year ago and have kept the home-delivered meal program on the road ever since. We asked Eugenie about her experiences. “People always appreciate […]

May 01

woman assisting another woman who is receiving COVID19 vaccine

Helping Older Adults Access COVID19 Vaccines

When access to the COVID19 vaccine was opened up to adults aged 75 help, access, relief and over in Massachusetts on January 25th of this year, organizations like Springwell were put to the test to help the older adults we serve, a population often challenged by technology, as they navigated an online system that was […]

Mar 17

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Social Work is Essential

March is Social Work Month and here at Springwell we are pleased to recognize and thank all the social workers who support our community daily. The 2021 theme, social work is essential, has been highlighted often as we have faced the challenges of the COVID19 pandemic.  “It seems that social work has never been more […]

Feb 17

COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility Update

February 17, 2021 – Today, Governor Baker announced that individuals age 65+ and those with 2 or more comorbidities will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations beginning on Thursday, February 18th.  It is expected that the this phase of the vaccine rollout will make an additional 1 million individuals eligible so it may take several weeks [...]

Jan 27

older woman looking contemplative

Isolation Compounding the Risks of Elder Abuse During the Pandemic

Since March of 2020 it has been necessary for older adults and other high-risk individuals to stay home as much as possible to avoid exposure to COVID19. While vital to their well-being, it is not without potential cost for those at risk for elder abuse. Victims may experience emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, financial exploitation, self-neglect, […]

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 […]

Nov 01

Julie, and older woman in a walker, standing with her aide, Agnes

In-Home Care and a Stay Home Advisory

COVID19 changed what felt safe for many seniors in need of care. Springwell has been available and flexible, working with families to plan services that help. Julie and her husband Anthony have called Waltham home for the past 42 years. Julie had a fulfilling career, helping many people both as a social worker and as [...]

Oct 28

Common Sense and Community During the Pandemic

At age 109, Herlda reports that she has been doing “all right” during the pandemic. Early on, she stayed home enjoying television (especially movies with cowboys) and talking with nieces and nephews on the phone. Herlda stays safe and comfortable in her home with the help of Springwell homecare services and a personal emergency response [...]

Oct 26

Share your voice to help create the Massachusetts State Plan on Aging

Every four years, the Massachusetts State Plan on Aging is revised based on the needs of older adults (age 60+)  and their family caregivers. The Plan serves to shape the policy development and programs that the Executive Office of Elder Affairs will pursue to promote independence, empowerment, and well-being so those in need will have […]

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 […]