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OCES will celebrate 40 years on April 29, 2014

Monthly Q & A

Seniors & The Flu — Do I Need A Shot?

Do I really need to get a flu shot this season?

Nine out of ten flu-related deaths occur in people age 65 and over. Six out of ten people hospitalized for flu-related problems are older adults. Last year, 215,000 seniors were hospitalized from the flu. The flu is especially dangerous for people with chronic conditions, like heart or pulmonary disease, or diabetes. It’s harder for seniors to fight disease, because the immune system weakens with age.

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OCES celebrated its 40th Anniversary

Michael Dukakis

A luncheon celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Old Colony Elder Services was held at The Conference Center at Massasoit in Brockton on September 18th. Many former and current staff attended. Other guests included business associates as well as several state and local officials. Keynote speakers included Former Governor of Massachusetts, Michael S. Dukakis, (pictured at right); along with Mike Festa, State Director of AARP Massachusetts; and Sue Temper, Assistant Secretary at the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Please view the photo gallery, courtesy of The Enterprise.


Massachusetts Council for Adult Foster Care

The Massachusetts Council for Adult Foster Care recently launched a new website, www.massafc.org.


Sponsor a Senior

Our Nutrition Program is seeking individuals who are willing to Sponsor a Senior. Your monetary donation will help ensure that an elder in need will receive a daily, well-balanced meal.

View the flyer for more information.

Use our online form to Sponsor a Senior.

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November is National Caregivers Month

Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) will celebrate this by inviting all graduates of OCES’ Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) classes to a reunion brunch. This will give caregivers a chance to reconnect with one another, share experiences and support each other.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 6-week educational program to help family caregivers take better care of themselves, and become more confident caregivers.

With this program, caregivers learn tools and skills to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Take better care of themselves
  • Reduce guilt, anger and depression
  • Set goals and problem-solve

Classes meet for 2 hours once a week for six weeks. Visit the Powerful Tools for Caregivers website for more detailed information about PTC. OCES offers classes for family caregivers and has Master Trainers who are able to train PTC class leaders.

Family caregivers need the support of their families, friends and even their employers to do their work. OCES offers a comprehensive array of specialized programs including the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP). For more information about PTC or FCSP, please call 508 584-1561 and ask for the Healthy Living Department.

Massachusetts Family Caregiver Support Program

Administration on Aging (AoA) National Family Caregiver Support Program

Family Caregiver Alliance