There are very few Americans who have not been touched by arthritis in some way. Whether it’s a parent, sibling, friend or for the many who suffer themselves, the disease is all around us. Currently one out of five adults has been officially diagnosed as having some form of arthritis. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of adults who will have the disease is expected to top 67 million within the next 15 years.
Region - If you, a friend, or a loved one has Original Medicare and uses diabetes testing supplies, you should know that Medicare is continuing its National Mail-Order Program that helps you get quality supplies while saving money. This program includes all parts of the U. S., including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.
Boston - Massachusetts is the healthiest state in the nation for older adults, according to the recently released 2016 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report. This is the fourth year the comprehensive analysis of senior population health was published by the United Health Foundation. Last year Massachusetts was ranked sixth.
“It’s unfortunate that in many states where capital punishment has been abolished, prisoners may face life in prison without possibility of parole (LWOPP),” said Nathaniel Harrison, recently elected to the board of the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, an organization “dedicated to the advancement of effective, just, and humane criminal justice policy in Massachusetts.”
As owner and producer of Connect Your Stories Productions, Judy Faust, 64, of Stow has begun pre-production on her third documentary, “From Institution to Independence: The Donna Jay Story.” Jay is legally blind, and has intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was age 4 in 1960 when their family doctor advised her parents to institutionalize her.
Region – One of the most daunting events that can rock a family is when it is apparent that a beloved elder is in need of help due to a medical, physical or emotional change. Compounding this problem is that one often does not know where to look for support, especially if the elder lives alone or far from family. For anyone facing this situation there is one nonprofit organization, Baypath Elder Care Services, Inc., that can help guide and offer information, resources, and references in a compassionate, supportive way.
Region - Workforce Central Career Center is partnering with the Auburn Senior Center to host the second annual Older Adult Job Fair Friday, May 20, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center, 4 Goddard Drive, Auburn. The event is intended for adults over 50 looking for work. Bring your resume for an interview. Entrance is free.
Region – One of the most daunting events that can rock a family is when it is apparent that a beloved elder is in need of help due to a medical, physical or emotional change. Compounding this problem is that one often does not know where to look for support, especially if the elder lives alone or far from family.
The Massachusetts Association of Older Americans (MAOA) and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health are once again partnering for two aging and mental health conferences to be held in Westport and Worcester. It has been a longtime, successful partnership between the organizations as they continue to present four conferences annually, noted MAOA Executive Director Chet Jakubiak.
Boston – According to the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), Massachusetts is projected to have 1,178,852 residents over the age of 65 by the year 2020. As such, the department oversees program designed to provide support services, information, options counseling, and education/training to assist older adults in making decisions about things such as healthcare, housing, jobs, nutrition and the next stage of their lives.