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Healthy Aging

The foundation supports efforts to reduce social isolation, falls, and the impact of chronic disease among older adults, as well support caregivers.

Issue

Senior CoupleThe number of MetroWest residents age 65 and older is expected to increase by 50 percent over the next 20 years, according to the 2011 MetroWest Commission on Healthy Aging Report.

The growing aging population presents a variety of challenges, from providing flexible transportation options to ensuring older adults remain engaged in their communities and supporting those who are taking care of our aging residents.

While the foundation has always supported programs that keep elders in our communities healthy, several years ago we began funding programs that specifically address the increased demand for health and wellness services for older adults. We are further shaping that strategy further to focus on three specific areas of identified need in MetroWest.

Over 56% of those over 65 living in MetroWest have four or more chronic health conditions
-Compiled from the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative Community Data Profile

Strategy

  • Support individuals with dementia and their caregivers through respite programs, caregiver support initiatives and community-wide efforts to raise awareness..
  • Decrease social isolation among seniors by encouraging the development of age-friendly communities.
  • Assist caregivers in obtaining local information specific to the MetroWest region that will support them in their role as caregiver as well as provide emotional supports that help caregivers stay healthy and connected.
  • Prevent falls and increase older adults’ capacity to manage chronic diseases.

Progress

  • The foundation has invested in support for those living with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease and their caregivers.  The Franklin and Medfield Councils on Aging have started respite programs for caregivers that provide support and much needed breaks from the stressful job of caring for a loved one with memory impairment.  The foundation has also funded BayPath Elder Services to launch a Dementia Friendly Community Initiative, which will educate residents, businesses, and community leaders in Marlborough, Northborough and Hudson on how to support those with dementia.
  • The foundation made a grant to BayPath Elder Services to develop CaregivingMetroWest.org, a website devoted to caregivers of elders in 25 MetroWest towns. The website, launched in May of 2014, provides tailored information, connection to local resources and community support.
  • The foundation has funded agencies ranging from town fire departments to councils on aging to implement evidence-based chronic disease management and fall prevention programs.  Over 1,000 older adults have participated in at least one of these programs.

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Location

161 Worcester Rd, Ste. 202
Framingham, MA 01701
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Phone: (508) 879-7625
Fax: (508) 879-7628
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