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Suicide Prevention

According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), each year more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. September 10th is the 15th annual World Suicide Prevention Day, and the theme for 2017 is “Take a minute, change a life”. Read more.

Process to report Elder Abuse has changed!
Effective June 30!
 

Please read this important message to find out more.  Anyone can report elder abuse. If you are concerned about an older adult (age 60 or older), and have reason to believe he/she is a victim of elder abuse, neglect, self-neglect or financial exploitation call the Massachusetts-based Elder Abuse Hotline at 1-800-922-2275. Every community in Massachusetts is covered by a local Protective Service Agency, such as OCES. All reports will be referred to and handled by the designated Protective Service Agency. The agency will determine if an investigation is warranted and if so investigate the situation and determine the best course of action to alleviate the risk. All calls are confidential. Read more

 

OCES Recommits Focus & Encourages Residents to Pledge Support of ADA

On July 26, 2017, the 27th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) took place.

Throughout the month of July, OCES celebrated the passage of the ADA by recommitting our focus on the principles of equality and inclusion that the ADA represents.

“People often think that OCES just serves people who are 60 years or older, but we serve people with disabilities of all ages and their caregivers,” explained Susan Willis, Aging Services Access Point Program Director at OCES. “As a member of Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of Southeastern and Southern Massachusetts, OCES supports a ‘No Wrong Door’ philosophy, so that with one phone call, an individual can be connected to the services offered by any one of our member agencies.”  Read More.

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.

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Healthy Aging Month

Healthy Aging Month is an annual obser­vance designed to focus national atten­tion on the pos­i­tive aspects of grow­ing older. A key to healthy aging is a healthy lifestyle and involves more than just diet and exercise. Read more.

News You Can Use

Personal Care Attendant Overtime Update. Read more. MassHealth consumer letter (English)  (Spanish)

Are there any strategies for preventing or slowing cognitive decline? Read more