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MCOA/MMAHSC Joint Annual Meeting

Devens Commons
June 9, 2017

8:30 Registration – Breakfast
9:00 HSC Annual Meeting
9:45 Welcome - MCOA President Brian O’Grady and HSC President Laura Ducharme
10:00 Secretary Alice Bonner, Executive Office of Elder Affairs
10:30 Keynote – Caitlin Coyle, UMass Boston  Topic: Social Isolation
11:30 John Robertson, MMA Legislative Director
12:00  Buffet Lunch
12:45 (invited) Rep. Danielle Gregoire and Sen. Barbara D’Italien, Chairs, Joint Committee on Elderly Affairs

MCOA Annual Meeting

Elections: Board of Directors & Advisory Council – Nomination Chair Joanne Moore

MCOA Awards

  • Director of the Year Award  - Theresa Woodbury, West Newbury COA
  • Innovator of the Year Award – Dementia Friendly Bay Path Community Collaboration
  • Innovator of the Year Award – Treehouse Communities
  • Innovator of the Year Award – Bridges Together
  • Legislative Advocate of the Year Award (posthumously) – Senator Ken Donnelly, 4th Middlesex District
  • Director and Program Manager Recertification

Closing Thoughts “Where do We Grow from Here?” – David P. Stevens, MCOA Executive Director

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Outreach Series

South Hadley Council on Aging
45 Dayton Street, South Hadley, MA

Beginning on Friday, March 31, 2017 and continuing each month, I will be hosting a new informational series called “Aging in Place-What do I need to Know?” Each month we will have a guest speaker from a local Assisted Living Facility, Rehabilitation Center, Long Term Care Facility, or a Agency that provides services in your home.  My goal is to provide you with information BEFORE you have a need for one of these services.  Our guest speaker will talk about their facility and available services. Refreshments will be served.  Out first speaker will be Lisa DiLuzio, Administrator from SARAWOOD of Holyoke.  Be sure to mark your calendars and check out the March newsletter for more details.

April Guest Speaker:  See flyer for information

Future Speakers:

March 31:  Sarawood

April 28: Benchmark Senior Living

May 19:  Willimansett Skilled Nursing Center

June 23:  Armbrook Village

July 28:  WMEC-Options Counseling

August 25:  HomeWatch Caregivers

September 29: Mercy Adult Day Health of Westfield and Mercy Life

October 27:  Arbors of Chicopee

November 17:  Providence Place

December 15:  Glenmeadow

All workshops begin at 10am.  There is no cost to attend.  Please call the Senior Center at 413-538-5042 to let us know you plan on coming.



Massachusetts Association of Older Adults
Massachusetts Aging & Mental Health Coalition


Taking Charge: Engaging Caregivers & Ourselves in Positive Aging

Susan Wehry, MD, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine; Medical Advisor, Sunrise Senior Living, LL.C; Consultant to Departments of Aging and Disabilities across the U.S.; former Commissioner of the Vermont, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living, author of Oasis 2.0TM currently in use in over 200 MA and VT long-term care facilities (www.susanwehrymd.com).

Dr. Jan Hively, Ph.D., Encore Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Pass It On Network, International Consultant for programs that encourage older adult leadership and support positive, productive aging, known and respected internationally as a leader and speaker on approaches to positive aging (passitonnetwork.org)

Joyce Cohen, President, National Life Planning Network, designed Boots to Backyards®, a mentor program which serves diverse non-profits; author of Diving In To Living…My Way , a self-study kit of life-planning tools and guides; spoken led workshops on optimal aging to diverse groups throughout the U.S (lifeplanningnetwork.org).

Donna Marie Amaral, PMHCNS-BC, Skilled at providing individual, family and group therapy to diverse and multicultural populations; Experience with a wide range of psychiatric diagnostic categories in acute and ambulatory care.

Robert Jope, LMHC, Director of Risk Management, MA Department of Mental Health, Specialist in Motivational Interviewing, Addictions Technology Transfer Center, Providence, RI

May 30, 2017

Hogan Campus Center College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610

To register or for more information contact Massachusetts Association of Older Americans. Inc. (MAOA)
617-426-0804 or email Events@maoamass.org  
or visit our website at maoamass.org
Registration Required: Deadline is May26, 2017



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.

The next training is scheduled for:

  • June 14 from 9:30am to 4:00pm at the Pittsfield Council on Aging, 330 North Street, Pittsfield

Cost:  $20.00

Cancellation date:  June 7

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Savvy Caregiver Practitioner Training

May 23rd and 24th
8:30am to 4:30pm
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.
280 Merrimack Street; Suite 400
Lawrence, MA 01843
Lunch and Materials provided
Cost $50.00 per trainee
For More Information or to register contact: Crystal Polizzotti; Cpolizzotti@esmv.org


Do you enjoy being with Seniors?   Learn to teach ZENgevity!
Help Seniors to live longer, be stronger and stay independent!

Next 2 day teacher certification training is:
Thursday, Friday 10-4     June 1&2, 2017
Duxbury COA MA
10 AM-4 PM        Cost for 2 day training $397

ZENgevity Training is Body fitness and Brain fitness, a fun, safe and gentle movement program designed specifically for ages 60 and better to stay independent, feel good, be healthy and be happy! Learn cutting edge neuro-movements, yoga moves, balance and brain exercises that increase energy, mobility, strength and flexibility, so you feel stronger and live longer!

See flyer for more details



Join WalkBoston for Training on Local Walk Advocacy

What does it mean for a community to be "walkable" and how can we create neighborhoods that are safe, active, accessible and vibrant?

This is an important training for any town, but especially those with walking clubs, or active walkers in your communities.  Making pedestrian spaces safe and inviting can mean benches along the way or traffic slowing measures, fixing curbs or promoting shopping center areas.  Find out how to make changes in the spaces in your community.

June 2nd from 9:30am-12:30pm, 9:00 am at the Main South CDC in Worcester (875 Main Street)

See full details



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

Click here for event summary and registration

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.



The 6th Annual Conference for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Community Providers and Supporters

June 7, 2017
9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
The Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel
181 Boston Post Road
Marlborough, Ma.  01752

The conference is FREE and LUNCH IS INCLUDED
Registration 9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Light breakfast pastries and refreshments will be provided 9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

To register, please contact Colleen Pritoni by 6/2/17:
colleen.pritoni@state.ma.us or (617) 748-2454

See flyer for more details



Home Care Aide Council Annual Spring Conference

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Crowne Plaza Hotel
1360 Worcester Street
Natick, MA

MCOA Members may attend at member pricing

See flyer for details



Easthampton - The Dementia Experience & Award-Winning Documentary: Alive Inside

Thursday, June 15th

10:00– 11:30: Walk in another set of shoes for an hour. Morning session is “The Dementia Experience” with Beth Cardillo. The Dementia Experience allows participants a deeper under-standing by executing exercises to mimic the symptoms of Alzheimer's and Dementia disorders. Ms. Cardillo was instrumental in having her community receive the very first designation for being a Dementia Friendly community in Western Mass. 

12:00 p.m. We will offer a luncheon break with sandwich and salad

1:00-3:00 p.m. Session two is a screening of “Alive Inside” a tremendous documentary about the power of music to bring back memories even to those with memory issues. Discussion of the film to follow led by Beth Cardillo where you can add your own experiences and questions. Informational Resources for Dementia, Adult Day Care and more will be available.

Call 527-6151 to pre-register by May 30th. Free and open to All communities. Easthampton will be given a priority. $5.00 donations suggested towards luncheon cost.



Middleborough Council on Aging 50th Anniversary Celebration GALA

Thursday, June 15, 2017
4:00pm-8:00pm at the COA
558 Plymouth Street

Hearty Appetizers, Cash Bar, Desserts
Music and Dancing, 5:30-7:30
Festive attire encouraged

RSVP requested- call the COA 508-946-2490
Limited Transportation is available –reservations required



Social Media Training

June 16, 2017, 8:30 - 12:30
Chelmsford Senior Center
75 Groton Road

Best Practices in Digital Marketing for Senior Centers: Overview of digital marketing goals and strategies

  • How to set up social media accounts and pages for Facebook and Twitter
  • Develop a plan to strengthen your social media presence
  • Best practices for web content, Facebook, email and more
  • Explore ways to accomplish more in less time

This presentation will be tailored to the beginner experience level, and interests of the audience. Thank you in advance for answering the three questions on the registration form which will help us craft a customized presentation that is most relevant to the outreach goals of your Senior Center. Actual examples of audience attendee business related social media pages may be used as a reference during this workshop which will be inclusive of time for questions and answers.

Kira Morehouse has a track record of success using an integrated approach including social media marketing to launch brands, grow online audiences and improve engagement. Kira has been part of Enterprise Bank's in-house marketing team as their Digital Marketing Specialist since April 2015. In the past, she has managed a range of clients from her advertising agency experience as a digital media strategist. Attendees are invited to connect with Kira Morehouse in advance of this workshop via her LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kiramorehouse/

Class size is limited to 25 attendees.
Cost: $10

Registration and Cancellation Deadline: June 9

Don't Wait. Register today!



The Rainbow Room

How do you make your existing senior center welcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults without changing the current climate of your center? This 90 min. workshop will walk participants through the steps to develop and launch a variety of LGBT friendly programs that vary from rotating regional events with neighboring senior centers to ongoing programs in your center. The workshop will also include strategies for integrating LGBT seniors with current participants.

Tuesday June 20, 2017
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Holyoke Senior Center, 291 Pine Street
Holyoke MA

There is no charge for this workshop.

See flyer for more information



3-Day FACILITATOR TRAINING: June 21-23, 2017
Pittsfield Senior Center

Buried in Treasures (BIT) Facilitator Workshop
MCOA is holding a 3-day BIT Workshop Facilitator Training on June 21-23, at the Pittsfield Senior Center. The training is co-sponsored by DMH, Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and the Mass. Association of Councils on Aging (MCOA). Trainers Lee Shuer and Bec Belofsky Shuer, of Mutual Support Consulting, will lead the 3-day training. They are internationally recognized educators and advocates for peer support and recovery. Their work supports individuals and families struggling with clutter. Read about their personal connection to BIT at their website: www.mutual-support.com It's estimated that between 2-5% of the world's population struggles with Hoarding Disorder, aka. Excessive Finding & Keeping. The BIT Workshop Facilitator training is limited to 20 participants.

Attendees of the BIT Facilitator Workshop will

  • Learn how to identify Hoarding Disorder by reviewing the latest research
  • Learn how to facilitate the Buried in Treasures through demonstration and direct participation
  • Gain facilitation skills and learn about group dynamics
  • Receive a copy of Buried in Treasures, as well as the Workshop Facilitator's Guide

Workshop Requirements

  • People with lived experience of clutter and those with a family history of clutter are encouraged to apply.
  • After completing the BIT Facilitator Training, you will be able to facilitate Buried in Treasures Workshops.
  • Complete an application at http://www.mcoaonline.com/home/files/bit-application (word document) before being accepted into the Facilitator Workshop. A commitment to attend all 3 days of the training.
  • Payment of the $75.00 Workshop Fee.

The BIT Facilitators' Workshop is an empowerment and support group that is highly structured and time-limited. The workshop is based on the book, Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding (Tolin, Frost, & Steketee, 2nd ed. 2013, Oxford University Press). The sessions are facilitated by people who may have (or have had) hoarding disorder or a special interest in it. The group helps attendees learn to deal with acquiring, discarding, and disorganization.

Training Specifics

DATE & TIME: June 21-23, 9am to 4pm
LOCATION: Pittsfield Senior Center, 330 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
COST: $75, covers training materials, lunch, and refreshments
APPLICATION: By June 2 CLASS: Limited to 20 participants and you must attend all 3 days
QUESTIONS: Robert Walker at DMH, robert.walker@state.ma.us,617-626-8275; Donna Popkin at MCOA, Donna@mcoaonline.com, 413-527-6425 Please share this information with all interested parties.

Complete the application today!



Easthampton--Open House

Wednesday, June 21st 1:00-3:00 p.m

Come see our newly rejuvenated upstairs AND downstairs areas. Meet our Staff and Board Members. Enjoy Hawaiian-themed refreshments and food throughout the building! (prepare to tour to get your goodies.)

Welcome the “GREY DIVAS” who will be singing for us beginning at 1:30 p.m. 

Thank you to the Mass Cultural Council & ECA+ for supporting our singers!