MCOA has once again scheduled a training opportunity to learn from experts in state government about topic areas of importance to Councils on Aging.
You will have the opportunity to learn about Ethics (conflict of interets laws, codes of conduct, when you leave public service, and more) and political campaigning (what can and cannot be done at your Senior Center).
There are currently two dates scheduled:
March 8, Pittsfield COA, 320 North Street, Pittsfield, 8:30am Registration, 9am to 12pm Program
May 12, Barre COA, 557 South Barre Road, Barre, 8:30am Registration, 9am to 12pm Program
Cancellation dates: March 1 for March 8 training; May 5 for May 12 training
March 21, 2017
Stoneham Senior Center, 136 Elm Street, Stoneham, MA 02180
8:30am to 4:00pm
There have been a variety of situatiosn involving work place violence in public buildings such as schools and public housing that have made the news. Recently, there has been an increase in anoynymous bomb threats targeting municipal buildings and housing. Often times, people working at senior centers encounter folk they don't know and lack skills to handle threats in the work place.
This workshop, with a senio rcenter focus, examines the prevalence, types and causes of violent behavior, and introduces skills to assess the potential for violence. Issues such as recognition of voilent cues, protective stances, office and street safety, assessing weapons, and managing home visits are discussed. Participants learn verbal and physical skills necessary for de-escalating conflict.
The training is presented by Ralph Detri, LICSW, LCDP, MPH; Private Practive, Professional Trainer, Consultant; Director, Personal Security Service.
Please join MCOA for an all-day Work Place Safety Training on Tuesday, march 21 at the Stoneham Senior Center, 136 Elm Street, Stoneham 02180/
The topic include:
- Psychology and Prediction of Violence in Clients
- Clinical Profiles and Prediction of Violence
- Forensic Mental Health Themes to assist Participants in Obtainings a Knowedge Base
- Art of Law Enforcement and Situational Awareness of Dangers
- Violence Prevention Strategies
- Skills necessary to de-escalate conflict
Time; 8:30am to 4:00pm (registration 8:30 to 9:00 am)
Location: 136 Elm Street, Stoneham, MA 02180
Cost: $20.00 (includes course materials, light breakfast, lunch, refreshments)
Cancellation date: March 14
Ounce of Prevention Conference 2017
Working Together for Healthier Communities
When: March 28, 2017; 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Where: DCU Center, Worcester, MA
MCOA is launching a three-year project to work with local Councils on Aging to develop the skills, tools, and strategies to broaden community participation and inclusion at Senior Centers. this multi-faceted approach will include trainings, development of resource materials and videos to support local efforts to reach out to underserved populations. The initial, day-long training "Communicating Across Cultural Boundaries" for local COA teams, is being developed through a partnership between the Multicultural Coalition on Aging, UMass Boston, the VNA Care Network Foundation & Affiliates, and MCOA. THe project is funded by EOEA. THe initial training is composed of three elements:
- "Communicating Across Boundaries" training
- Review of local demographic data to identify undererved populations
- Development of action plan to reach out to the underserved population in your community
We are looking for a "teach" approach on the local level and have up to four slots available for each community signing up for the training. It is recommeded that the eam be composed of the Diirector, a Board Member and one or two interested volunteers/participants.
There are two trainings currently scheduled:
- April 6, Harwich COA, 10am - 3pm
- May 23, Westborough Senior Center, 10am - 3pm
Space is limited.
Cost: $20.00 per team
Cancellation dates: April 1 for April 6 training; May 16 for May 23 training
For questions, please contact Kathy Bowler, Direcor of Technical Assistance, Training and Special Events
Basic Benefits 101
MMAHSC Regional Training
April 6, 2017 at the Westborough Senior Center, 4 Rogers Road, Westborough
- SNAP training
- The Future of Benefits from a Legislative Perspective
- Apartments, Evictions, the Law and more
Cost: $25 for MMAHSC Members; $35 for Non-Members
The Savvy Caregiver Program
Brought to you by Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc. and Tri-Valley, Inc.
Thursdays, April 6—May 11, 2017 1:00—3:00pm
Auburn Senior Center
4 Goddard Drive, Auburn MA 01501
For more information or to register Call Deb Dowd-Foley 508-756-1545 ext.390 or Laura Black-Silver 508-949-6640 ext. 3079
presented by Mass Law Reform Institute Staff
Beverly Senior Center
April 11, 2017 from 9 to 11am
$20 per MCOA member
$30 per non-MCOA member
Make sure you and your staff are up-to-date on how to expedite enrollment into SNAP. Learn what the latest news is on the SNAP advocacy front in Massachusetts.
- SNAP/Food Stamps is the first line of defense against hunger.
- Benefits are provided to needy households through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards for purchase of food at grocery retailers.
- Each SNAP/Food Stamps benefit dollar is 100% federally-funded.
- According to USDA economists, its use generates approximately $1.84 in economic activity.
- The monthly benefit for the average household in 2015 (For all ages) was $122, (according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP): Average Monthly Benefit per Person, as of September 4, 2015).
This training will also be offered in Westefield on May 3 from 1:30 to 3:30.
Cancellation Date: April 4
Natick Senior Center
117 East Central Street, Natick, MA
April 12, 2017 from 9am to noon
Purpose of the Natick Housing Forum: Many older adults have a desire to stay in their current community and either stay in their present home or to downsize to a smaller, more affordable home. Housing decisions can raises powerful emotions surrounding questions about the quality of life and the financial aspects related with housing choices. Will I be happier if I stay alone here or make a change and move? What would it cost me to make my home appropriate for aging in place? Can I afford it? What do I have to do to organize a move?
The purpose of the Housing Forum in Natick, MA is to empower COA staff with knowledge and new tools for facilitating conversations with older adults around their choices in housing and support them as they decide to stay or move, to make their decision as successful as possible. Also, the forum participants will discuss ways COA staff may start having comprehensive conversations each year with older adults that includes the negative aspects of bearing both high housing costs and social isolation when living alone.
Come learn what other communities are thinking about doing to help older adults consider changes that will make their housing situation more suitable both financially and socially/emotionally."
Cancellation date: April 5
PS 101: An Overview of the Massachusetts Elder Protective Services Program Although PS programs received nearly 24,000 elder abuse reports in Massachusetts in Fiscal Year 2014, experts suggest that elder abuse continues to be significantly underreported. As such, it is critical that professionals and non-professionals be educated on the signs and symptoms of abuse and how to proceed should concerns exist, as cases can easily escalate to the point of irreparable physical, emotional and financial damage. This presentation will provide an overview of the Massachusetts Elder Protective Services Program, including the principle of self-determination, definitions and potential signs and symptoms of abuse, contributing factors, and the reporting and investigation processes.
Elder Sexual Abuse: Does It Really Occur and if so, What Should I Do? While the total number of reports to the Elder Protective Services Program now exceeds 20,000 per year, the number of elder sexual abuse reports represents less than 1% of that total. Do these numbers accurately reflect what is occurring or are situations being overlooked? This workshop will provide a clear definition of elder sexual abuse, including signs and symptoms, and will help to clarify potential reasons why these situations rarely get reported to the proper authorities.
Abuse in Later Life: When Is Elder Abuse Domestic Violence Domestic abuse is a pattern of coercive tactics abusers use to gain and maintain power and control over their victims. It is a subset of elder abuse and must be recognized as domestic violence in order to appropriately intervene to keep victims safe. This presentation will present an overview of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, the role of Protective Services, and then discuss the dynamics of abuse, barriers to elders staying safe, and effective interventions and collaborations.
Financial Exploitation: The incidence of financial exploitation of elders and vulnerable adults is growing nationally. Fraudulent telemarketing schemes and unscrupulous scam artists increasingly target elders, resulting in significant financial losses. In addition, loved and trusted family members too often make illegal and improper use of resources, resulting in emotional and financial damage that is devastating. Elders and vulnerable adults are left unable to pay for their basic daily needs, including housing, food, critical utilities and medications, and are traumatized by this victimization. To aid in early identification and prevention of elder financial exploitation and fraud and assist elders to remain safely in the community, Massachusetts has developed two community collaborations: the Massachusetts Bank Reporting Project and the Money Management Program. This workshop will provide an overview of these two nationally recognized programs, as well as signs and symptoms of financial exploitation and fraud, and simple strategies for protecting one's assets. In addition, case examples will be presented that highlight the importance of community collaborations and a multidisciplinary team approach in battling the devastating and often irreversible impact of financial exploitation and fraud.
There are two full-day trainings scheduled:
- April 24 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Milton Council on Aging, 10 Walnut Street, Milton
- June 14 from 9:30am to 4:00pm at the Pittsfield Council on Aging, 330 North Street, Pittsfield
Cancellation dates: April 17 for the 24th Training and June 7 for the 14th Training
SAVE THE DATE
MOLST: MEETING THE CHALLENGE
Improving quality of care and honoring choices.
April 24, 9:30 am-Noon
The Conference Center at Waltham Woods
860 Winter Street, Waltham MA
Co- hosted by
Honoring Choices Massachusetts and Massachusetts Medical Society
Registration information coming soon
MA SMP Seventh Statewide Conference
Engaging Consumers to Prevent Healthcare Errors, Fraud and Abuse
Friday, April 28, 2017
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Federal Reserve Plaza
600 Atlantic Avenue (Across from South Station), Boston, MA 02210
$75 Inclusive of Continental Breakfast and Lunch
$100 with CEUs (RN and SW CEUs pending approval)
Bring your colleagues. Scholarships available.
Save the Date
Sharpening Your Skills Conference
Tuesday May 9, 2017
Boston-Natick Holiday Inn
We hope you'll join us for the Healthy Living Center of Excellence's 6th Sharpening Your Skills Conference. The conference is an opportunity for leaders and coordinators to enhance and refresh their skills while networking with other partners and implementers.
more details to follow
Pittsfield Senior Center
330 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
May 11, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00pm
This Housing Forum will educate social service staffs about the types of resources available in Berkshire County that can help older adults find and safeguard housing that is safe, affordable, and suitable for their social and physical needs. The intended audience includes COA directors and outreach workers; staff of public and subsidized housing sites; town administrators; police department and fire department representatives; boards of health staffs; MA state representatives; home health agencies; and other interested parties and social service professionals.
- Sorting Out All the Resources Available to Assist Elders with Housing Issues in Berkshire County – including Housing Search, Vouchers, Tenancy Preservation Program, and Property Tax Relief Programs
- The Rights of Landlords and Tenants of Rented Apartments and the Rights of Homeowners who Share Housing with Paying Tenants
- What Might Future Housing Options Be in ‘Age Friendly’ Berkshire County?
Event Fee: $20.00/MCOA Member and $30.00 for non-members.
Cancellation Date: May 4
Opioid and Substance Abuse: Working with Elders and their Families
Save-the-Date: May 23, 2017 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
A Half-Day Conference for Elder-Serving Professionals and Caregivers Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
10 Lincoln Square , Worcester MA
Opioid and Substance Abuse: Working with Elders and their Families
Featuring: Dr. Paula Morrisette, Senior Clinician, AdCare Hospital
Dr. Barbara Herbert, Director of Addiction Services, Commonwealth Care Alliance
Allison Burns, PharmD, RPh-Beth Isreal Deaconess Hospital, MCPHS, End Mass Overdose
Applying for Social Work CEUs: application in progress at this time
Watch for Conference Registration and complete details coming soon!
Includes Full Breakfast Buffet and Validated Parking;
Save the Date
Aging with Dignity
A Conference on Preventing and Responding to Substance Use and Related Problems in Older Adults
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
A conference for health and human service professionals presented by Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
Registration will open six weeks prior to the conference.
If you would like additional information, or you are deaf or hard of hearing, or are a person with a disability who requires accommodation, please contact AdCareEducations Institute, Inc. at 508-752-7313, TTy: 508-754-0039, or email: Jennifer@adcare-educational.org.