Hold The Date – March Against Elder Abuse
June 15 in Brockton and June 22 in Plymouth
The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. In almost 60% of the cases, the perpetrator is a family member. Elders who have been abused have a 300% higher risk of death when compared to those who have not been mistreated.
According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, “In fiscal year 2015, 24,978 elder abuse reports were received and there were 7,117 newly confirmed allegations of elder abuse. These numbers represent an increase of 37% of the total number of elder abuse reports and a 57% increase in confirmed allegations compared to FY 2011.”
June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and OCES will be leading two marches with members from our local Councils on Aging (COA) and other dedicated citizens on June 15 in Brockton and June 22 in Plymouth. Read more.
5K Fundraiser – Moving Heels For Meals on Wheels Update
77 runners and walkers participated in OCES’ annual 5K “Moving Heels for Meals on Wheels” held on April 2, 2017.
The event raised over $6,000. The field was supported by OCES employee volunteers who helped hand out commemorative T-shirts and Swag Bags as the runners arrived at the Silver Lake Regional Middle School starting line. The volunteers then lined the race course offering water, encouragement and directions. Runners were cheered on as each crossed the finish line. Many OCES staff members participated and everyone who attended voiced strong support for Meals on Wheels. Read more.
Bridgewater Savings Bank Donates to OCES
Joseph W. Mitchell, Senior Vice President of Bridgewater Savings Bank, and his associate Ashley Flynn, Mortgage Loan Processor, presented a donation to the OCES Money Management Program (MMP).
Last year Mr. Mitchell received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his dedication to helping consumers enrolled in the MMP to manage their budgets and pay their bills on time. His dedication to community service represents one of the core values of Bridgewater Savings Bank.
The OCES Money Management Program volunteers assist older adults who are at risk of losing their independence due to the inability to pay their bills on time. The volunteers meet with the program participants on a regular basis to ensure that their finances are in order. OCES is grateful to Bridgewater Savings Bank for their support of the MMP.
Pictured left to right: Lynn Smith, OCES Development Manager;
Joseph W. Mitchell; Terri Kourtz, OCES MMP Director; Ashley Flynn
April is National Healthcare Decisions Month
At OCES, we believe that each of us should have the information that is needed to make the choices about our own healthcare that reflect our personal values and goals. There are a number of ways that all of us as consumers can develop the tools and have the plan in place that reflect our individual choices about how we wish to receive care in the event we are unable to speak for ourselves.
SHINE Needs Your Help!
The SHINE program has been able to help thousands of Medicare beneficiaries in your area since 1988. Perhaps you have been one of the many we have helped, and have seen firsthand just how valuable the program is. It is unfortunate that budget cuts have put the funding for the SHINE program (known nationally as SHIP) in jeopardy. It is a real possibility that the program will no longer be funded in the near future and the SHINE program will cease to exist. The SHINE program needs your voice. Read more.
Volunteers Are Special
April 23-29, 2017 is National Volunteer Week. This week is an opportunity to recognize and thank the many individuals who give generously of their time and resources to a variety of causes they care about in the community. These volunteers are inspiring and lend their talent, voice and support without any expectation of compensation. Read more.