Oct 04

Suicide Prevention is Hope

“Suicide prevention is hope” said Steven Karaiskos, PhD, Senior Director of Community Education & Outreach at Samaritans, Inc., in a recent training seminar for Springwell employees.   Dr. Karaiskos is a social learning expert, a suicide prevention advocate, an educator, and a long-time suicide loss survivor. He has spent years supporting those affected by suicide and […]

Sep 14

Increasing Awareness about Falls Prevention Strategies

According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans each year. Falls impact older adults’ safety and independence but they do not have to be an inevitable part of aging. Falls, with or without injury can impact quality of life. A fear of falling […]

Sep 07

Springwell nutritionist giving presentation about bone health

Nutrition and Bone Health Presentation for Older Adults

Dalia Cohen, Springwell’s Director of Nutrition, recently visited the Beech Street Center in Belmont, the Brookline Senior Center, and the Newton Senior Center to share information with older adults about bone health. Many older adults may learn from health care professionals that their bones are at risk for fractures due to osteopenia or osteoporosis. Bones […]

May 16

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Healthy Waltham: Bridging the Digital Divide

As an Area Agency on Aging, Springwell develops an Area Plan on Aging every 4 years. In 2020, Springwell’s area planning process started with a needs assessment that included large and small virtual public gatherings, focus groups, and surveys. Older adults, caregivers, and professionals participated, allowing Springwell to gather a wide range of views. One […]

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 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 […]

Nov 18

Logo for 2021 Subaru Share the Love Event to support Meals on Wheels

Share the Love with Vulnerable Seniors This Year

Exciting news! For the 14th year running, the Meals on Wheels network is participating in the 2021 Subaru Share the Love Event. Over the past thirteen years, Subaru and its retailers have helped Meals on Wheels to deliver more than 2.5 million meals nationwide to seniors in need. Why does Subaru support Meals on Wheels? […]