Events for Elders, Family Members, and Professional Caregivers

Information Presentation on PACE Program
Is it time for a change…of PACE? Introducing Mercy LIFE PACE, a Program of All-inclusive Care for the ElderlyMeet others who are living with mild memory loss and easly stages of Alzhiemer's and dementia, and their caregivers. When health care needs get more complex, people often benefit from a new, different approach to how health care is provided. Celina Conway, Enrollment and Marketing Director for Mercy LIFE, will explain how the PACE model of care provides individualized health care and social support to help frail seniors remain living safely at home with a personalized, multi-disciplinary care plan specific to each senior’s abilities, goals, interests and lifestyle. It’s your health. It’s your life. We help you live it your way.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 6:00 PM
WHERE: Mercy LIFE, 200 Hillside Circle, (formerly called 2112 Riverdale Street), West Springfield
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required; contact Trina Weiswasser at 413-827-4279.
Open House for Mercy Adult Day Health in Westfield
We “open our home” to the community for an evening of information and fun at Mercy Adult Day Health. Enjoy refreshments, raffle prizes, tours and information about this program, as provided by our staff. Be our guest for an evening and learn about how our center cares for the elderly of the Greater Westfield community.
WHEN: Thursay, September 28, 2017 • 5 p.m. to7 p.m.
24 Clifton Street, Westfield
R.S.V.P. to Trina Weiswasser at 413-827-4279 or at

Seniors and Wellness: Health Tips from the HealthPROs
Physical therapist Katrina Francis, a physical therapist who holds a doctorate of physical therapy and serves as the director for HealthPRO’s outpatient rehabilitation program, will provide a health and wellness smorgasbord, offering tips and techniques on a broad range of topics. Learn how to improve your core strength, boost your brain function with snacks, and incorporate safe driving practices into your travels. Katrina will also offer an overview on the benefits of meditation, complete with a demonstration of seated yoga you can do at home.
WHEN: September 26, 2017 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper Street
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Adults Need Immunizations Too!
When was the last time you had a tetanus or pneumonia shot? Join us for a comprehensive review of all the immunizations that adults should have based on age, lifestyle, health conditions, occupation and international travel. A brief synopsis of the following illnesses and corresponding vaccinations will be provided: Influenza, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis, Pneumococcal Disease, Zoster (Shingles) and Hepatitis B. Different types of vaccines will be reviewed and questions regarding immunization schedules, side effects and insurance coverage will be addressed.
Presenter Nicole Gee graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a Doctorate in Pharmacy. She has worked for Walgreens since 2001 and has been the Pharmacy Manager at the Sumner Avenue location since 2009.
WHEN: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 10:00 – 11:00 A.M.
JFS COMMUNITY ROOM AT THE SPRINGFIELD JCC, 1160 Dickinson Street click for brochure
Rock ’n’ Talk: Young@Heart Film and Q&A with Chorus Members
The award-winning Walker George documentary Young@Heart, featuring the enchanting Young@Heart Chorus. In the film, these octogenarians belt out tunes from Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancin‘ in the Dark” to David Bowie’s “Golden Years.” After the screening, take part in a question-and-answer session with Young@Heart singers and learn about their backgrounds and musical inspiration.
Directed by Bob Cilman, the current performers in Young@Heart® range in age from 73 to 89. There are some with prior professional theater or music experience, others who have performed extensively on the amateur level, and some who never stepped onto a stage before turning 80.
WHEN: October 11, 2017 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Glenmeadow, 24 Tabor Crossing, Longmeadow
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Medicare: What You Need to Know!
Are you approaching your 65th birthday? Are you over 65 and still working? Are you assisting someone else with Medicare? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, join us for valuable information regarding Medicare. Questions that will be addressed include: What does Part A, B, C and D cover?; What is Medigap?; What do I need to know if I’m currently on Medicare?; Which plans have no copays, deductibles or gatekeepers?; and How do I avoid the penalty if I didn’t sign up for Parts B and D when I first became eligible?
Presenter Russ Swallow is a Certied Senior Advisor® and Licensed Insurance Advisor at The Medicare Advisors. He has been helping individuals and companies since 1970 with a focus on Medicare Insurance Planning.
JFS COMMUNITY ROOM AT THE SPRINGFIELD JCC, 1160 Dickinson Street click for brochure
The Importance of Medical Advocacy in Your Health care
Do you know how to advocate for yourself and for your family members in today’s complicated healthcare system? In this presentation, learn how to navigate the healthcare system to ensure that you and your loved ones receive the best care possible. Discover the importance of having a health care proxy and the problems you can avoid. Constructive ideas and helpful hints will be shared with participants.
Presenter Alice Leveston, MSW, LICSW, BCD, is the social worker for Baystate Medical Center’s Inpatient Palliative Care and Geriatrics Services. She has extensive experience working with patients and families facing serious illness and end of life issues. Alice received her MSW from the University of Connecticut and is currently a eld supervisor for Smith College School for Social Work.
SPRINGFIELD JCC, 1160 Dickinson Street click for brochure
Oh My Aching Hands
Do you struggle with carpal tunnel, osteoarthritis or tendonitis? Come learn more about common hand injuries, management and treatment, and preventative strategies with a certified hand therapist. This program is appropriate for those who are currently experiencing hand symptoms or are trying to prevent future problems.
Presenter Kimberly Gross graduated from Springield College with a B.S. in Rehabilitation and a M. Ed in Occupational Therapy. She received her Certi ed Hand Therapy credential in 2009 and currently works at ATI Physical Therapy at the JCC.
SPRINGFIELD JCC, 1160 Dickinson Street click for brochure
Genealogy: Amy Cohen’s Search for her Family’s History
Like so many people, Amy Cohen wished she had asked her aging family members more questions while she had the chance. Driven to learn more about her family’s history, she began researching her genealogy, which ultimately led to her book about how immigrants adapted to their newly adopted home in America. Learn about Amy’s genealogy journey and her process which can help you to discover more about your own family history and avoid common stumbling blocks.
SPRINGFIELD JCC, 1160 Dickinson Street click for brochure

More Resources
Click to Download and Print Out PDF: Activities at Home
Medicaid eligibility figures for 2017
Home care programs paid by Medicaid
Planning to avoid antipsychotic medications
Ways to help memory loss patients

Bibliography for Elder Law AttorneysClick to read Elder Law Report ArticleClick to order Learning to Speak Alzheimer's from your local library
Antipsychotics and Dementia: What attorneys and geriatric advocates need to know about the (over) use of antipsychotic medications with memory loss residents in a facility setting. March, 2016 Seminar


My 91 yr old husband with vascular dementia and incontinence has become aggressive (attempts to grab, threats of breaking and biting) when we try to change and clean him.