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Moving Heels For Meals on Wheels – 5K Fundraiser – April 2, 2017

On April 2, 2017, OCES is hosting our Second Annual “Moving Heels for Meals on Wheels” 5K road race and walk.  The 9 am start is located at the Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston, Massachusetts.  Run, walk, push a baby stroller, complete the course with your dog – enjoy the day any way that fits your lifestyle.  Children under 12 and dogs (on a leash) are encouraged to wear a fun costume that reflects healthy eating.  Come as a pineapple, or banana, or green salad – let your imagination run wild.  We’ll have prizes for the winning runners, best children’s and best dressed dog costumes.  To register and see more detailed information, visit

We would like to thank our current sponsors:

If you or your organization would like to be a sponsor of our event, or make a donation to support this vital program, contact Chris McLaren at cmclaren@ocesma.org or Lynn Smith at lsmith@ocesma.org
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Jim Mileski Retires After 38 Years

Recently, OCES’ Board of Directors recognized Mr. Mileski for his 38 years of dedicated service and contributions as a valued employee. A retirement party for Mr. Mileski was held at OCES’ Brockton office on Main Street. Brenda Correia, Coordinator for Elder Community Support Programs at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) attended Mr. Mileski’s retirement party and presented him with a Certificate of Excellence on behalf of EOEA for his 38 years of dedicated service in the community. Read more.


Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

In January, Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) conducted a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) leader training, which was attended by fifteen participants. What was unique about this leader training was that out of the fifteen participants, eleven spoke another language in addition to English, including Mandarin, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL). Read more.

Pictured here are Pat Livie, OCES Outreach and Education Specialist (holding her lesson plan), with members of the class who represented various Councils on Aging, ASAPs, health organizations, and community volunteer groups.



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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LGBT Awareness and Cultural Competency

We live in a world of diversity that reflects many different cultures. Culture refers to many different things including race, religion, and sexual orientation, etc.  People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are one of these diverse groups. They come from all walks of life and they include people of all races, ethnicities and all ages.  Read more.

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