A Matter of Balance
A Matter of Balance is an evidence based program that educates and supports aging adults around falling, and the fear of falling, with emphasis on group discussion and practical strategies to reduce fall factors. Topics such as viewing falls as controllable, setting realistic goals for increasing physical activity and modifying our environments set the stage for creating a personal plan to address mitigating fall risk.
The Savvy Caregiver
The Savvy Caregiver Program is a free six-session evidence based training for family and friends who are active caregivers, caring for those living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. Taking care of a person living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia is specialized work. To do this work successfully, caregivers need special skills, knowledge, and a positive attitude that helps them to care themselves. Savvy Caregiver will help participants: • Understand the impact of dementia on both you and the person you are caring for, • Learn the skills you need to manage daily life, • Take control and set goals, • Communicate more effectively, • Strengthen family resources, • Feel better about your caregiving, and • Take care of you.
Healthy IDEAS is a community-based depression program that targets underserved, chronically ill older adults and addresses commonly recognized barriers to mental health care: detecting depression; helping clients understand depression as treatable; assisting them in gaining knowledge and skills to self-manage it; and linking primary care, mental health care, and social service providers/therapists.
If you saw someone living with dementia, would you recognize the signs? Would you be uncomfortable? Would you avoid them? Would you be frustrated? Would you do nothing?
Or, would you be a friend?
Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom, the Dementia Friends initiative is underway in Massachusetts. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects people, each of us can make a difference for people touched by dementia.
Caring Connections Thru Technology
Friendly volunteers help seniors learn to use a tablet to help ease the feeling of isolation that being house-bound can cause. Seniors learn to use email, social media, and search the web for their particular interests.