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Work Place Safety 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 senior center 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:

Morning -

  • 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

Afternoon -

  • 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

RSVP:  https://fs16.formsite.com/mcoa/WorkplaceSafety/index.html



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

Please Click Here to Register and View Event Information 



Creating a Welcoming Place for All

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:

  1. "Communicating Across Boundaries" training
  2. Review of local demographic data to identify undererved populations
  3. 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

Register your team here

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

See flyer for more details and registration



Handle with Care: Boosting Insight and Motivation to Reduce Clutter

Thursday, April 6, 2017
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

See flyer for more details




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




SNAP 201 Training

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

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Housing Issues and Resources Forum

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

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Who’s Your Agent ? A Health Care Planning Workshop for Care Providers

Berkshire Hills Country Club
500 Benedict Rd. Pittsfield, MA

See flyer for more details



Protective Service Training

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

Cost:  $20.00

Cancellation dates:  April 17 for the 24th Training and June 7 for the 14th Training

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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.





Transportation Conference;  May 2, Worcester- Holy Cross

Registration is now open for the Massachusetts Community Transportation Coordination Conference, coming up May 2 in Worcester. This one-day conference is an opportunity to learn about best practices and innovative approaches to improving mobility for seniors, people with disabilities, and others who lack access to transportation, and to network and connect with peers from across the state who are working on similar issues. Attendees will include staff of human service agencies, transit authorities, and transportation providers, as well as advocates and others who are interested in creative approaches to solving transportation challenges in Massachusetts. Visit http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/commissions-and-initiatives/hst/2017-massachusetts-community-transportation-coordinatio.html to learn more, and register at https://massmobility2017.eventbrite.com. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.





Sharpening Your Skills Conference

Tuesday May 9, 2017
Boston-Natick Hampton Inn
319 Speen St
Natick, MA 01760

Registration for the 6th Massachusetts Sharpening Your Skills Conference is open!
The link to our Eventbrite event- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-massachusetts-sharpening-your-skills-conference-tickets-32956702384

Please see the attached session descriptions prior to registering so that you can select your breakout sessions during the registration process. Through Eventbrite you can register multiple people from your agency and pay all at once. The deadline to register is Friday April 21, 2017. You do not need to print your ticket to bring with you the day of the conference.





Housing Issues and Resources Forum

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

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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.