Jan 02

Help Others – Volunteering is more than a New Year’s Resolution!

It’s that time of year for the big question, “What are your New Year’s Resolutions?” Many of us make resolutions but within a couple of months they tend to fall by the wayside. Sometimes that happens because the resolution is too vague or we haven’t figured out a workable plan to keep the commitment. Have [...]

Dec 19

A picture of Ana in her living room

A Place to Call Home

Ana is a friendly, optimistic woman with a heartwarming smile and bright eyes. But even Ana got discouraged when chronic health challenges landed her in a nursing home after a hospital stay for an urgent medical condition. Her chronic issues don’t require nursing home care but do make some help necessary for her to live [...]

Dec 10

Community Transitions Staff Member

It’s so good to be home

No one hopes to live in a nursing home, but sometimes circumstances result in the need for a skilled care facility. The quandary then becomes whether the move will be permanent or a steppingstone back to a home environment. James moved to a skilled nursing facility from a group home he loved due to a [...]

Nov 19

Community Services connects with Councils on Aging

Jennifer Darby, Associate Director of Community Services regularly invites Council on Aging (COA) leaders from our service communities to meet with Springwell and each other.  “Each town has its own network, resources, ideas and housing and transportation challenges. At this gathering, they share ideas and discuss challenges with each other. Springwell also shares information about [...]

Nov 19

Share the Love: Good nutrition helps older adults continue to live at home

Springwell is pleased to introduce Dalia Cohen, our new Director of Nutrition and our participation once again this year in the Subaru Share the Love Event! Dalia joins Springwell with more than 7 years’ experience working with older adults on nutrition, and she is a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Malnutrition Prevention Among Older [...]

Oct 24

Managing Finances is Less Stressful with Assistance

Jay fell in love with snow when he moved to Massachusetts from Arizona in 1980. He spent his career as a chef and especially enjoys preparing Mexican food with bold flavors. As Jay got older and faced some chronic health challenges, he retired on a fixed income.  With a tight budget, he used his maximum [...]

Sep 28

Nancy with her care advisor, Nicole

National Good Neighbor Day: Nancy’s Story

As each of us hurry through our days, it is easy to miss the opportunity to get to know an aging neighbor. Undoubtedly each senior citizen that you see quietly living nearby has a wealth of stories about the adventure of their life.  Your neighbors’ stories will likely amaze you, bring a smile to your [...]

Sep 09

National Good Neighbor Day: Springwell Stories

Are there people in your neighborhood who have lived nearby for years but you haven’t had the opportunity to get to know? Everyone has an interesting story about their journey through life. At Springwell, each year we have the opportunity to hear thousands of stories, and as National Good Neighbor Day (September 28th) approaches, we [...]

May 15

Malnutrition in the Elderly

Springwell’s Nutrition Program is helping seniors better understand the risks of malnutrition and make them aware of solutions to this common problem. Malnutrition is dangerous because it leads to bone loss which can trigger falls and fractures. Diets low in calcium, a lack of adequate sun and a sedentary lifestyle contribute to bone loss. Bone [...]

May 07

Why are we concerned about older drivers?

Debra A. Kerrigan, MS, OTR/L, from the Drive Safe Program at Newton Wellesley Hospital, visited Springwell to discuss ways to help seniors and their families understand if it is time to curtail or stop driving. While many older adults are safe drivers, the majority of older adults will outlive their ability to drive safely by [...]