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Community Resources and How to Locate Services

Massachusetts Ride Match, a one-stop searchable directory of public, private and accessible transportation options may be able to help you.
http://www.massridematch.org/

HESSCO collaborates with physicians, hospitals, Councils on Aging, Visiting Nurse Associations, home health providers, transportation vendors and other service agencies to optimize available services and benefits to help older adults and individuals living with a disability remain safe at home for as long as possible:
http://hessco.org/

National Memory Cafe Directory:
http://www.MemoryCafeDirectory.com
https://www.memorycafedirectory.com/memory-cafes-in-massachusetts/

Home Care Directory and Resources
https://www.thinkhomecare.org/store/ListProducts.aspx?catid=339591

Eldercare Locator:
https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx

Finding disaster relief for seniors:
https://www.benefitscheckup.org/disaster-assistance/

Benefits for veterans and their spouses:
https://www.ncoa.org/blog/veteran-benefits-help-nations-heros/

Resources to connect, create and contribute from acl.gov
https://acl.gov/oam/2019/resources

Massachusetts Aging Service Access Points from EAP
http://www.eap.partners.org/Worklife/ElderCare/Resources/MassachusettsAgingServiceAccesPoints.asp

Medicare Guides
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https://www.nextavenue.org/whats-new-for-medicare-in-2019/

https://www.kff.org/report-section/medicare-advantage-2020-spotlight-first-look-data-note/

Food Stamp/SNAP Advocacy Guide
https://www.masslegalservices.org/system/files/library/2019%20SNAP%20Advocacy%20Guide%20FINAL.pdf

Benefits Calculator: Cash assistance for veterans and their dependents
https://massvetben.org/

UMass Boston Gerontology Institute
https://www.umb.edu/gerontologyinstitute

DriveWise and DriveAdvise: Assessing cognitive impairment to ensure safe driving
https://www.bidmc.org/centers-and-departments/neurology/programs-and-services/cognitive-neurology/programs/drivewise-and-driveadvise

Tips, Tricks, and Guides

Dementia and Hospital Stays: 9 Ways to Reduce Stress
https://dailycaring.com/dementia-and-hospital-stays-9-ways-to-reduce-agitation-and-stress/?utm_source=DailyCaring&utm_campaign=a879ebe04f-DC_Email_2019-10-01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_57c250b62e-a879ebe04f-123116005

2018 Cost of Care Survey
https://www.genworth.com/aging-and-you/finances/cost-of-care.html

How to choose a nursing home:
https://www.nextavenue.org/questions-to-ask-nursing-home/

Original Memory Cafe Toolkit:
Memory Cafe Tool Kit

8 Expert Tips for When Aging Parents Won’t Listen
https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/2-25-15-expert-tips-when-parents-wont-listen/

Tips for when you need to take a loved ones car keys away:
https://www.nextavenue.org/take-loved-ones-car-key-away/

What Can Families Do When Dementia Patients Are Kicked Out of Care Facilities?https://www.beingpatient.com/dementia-patient-kicked-out-care-facility/

Medicare, Medicaid, and Long Term Care Coverage:
https://www.nextavenue.org/medicare-medicaid-long-term-care/

Dementia Care Dos & Don’ts: Dealing with Dementia Behavior Problems
https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/2013-02-08-dealing-with-dementia-behavior/

Federal Protection from Telemarketers and Scammers
https://ncler.acl.gov/getattachment/Resources/TCPA-Update-Federal-Protection-from-Telemarketers-and-Scammers.pdf.aspx?lang=en-US&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=ba027a3b-11e3-4956-914c-901293760a0a

When to claim social security:
https://us3.campaign-archive.com/?u=f254e8e727c963f12db297d6d&id=f22a54e7a5&e=db10252d94

Aging in place:
https://www.nextavenue.org/answers-questions-aging-place/

Preventing Falls
https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Resources/Brochures/docs/Preventing%20Falls.pdf
https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/news/20190604/study-older-americans-are-dying-more-from-falls#1

Exploring other methods of care- The Eden alternative
http://www.edenalt.org/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKRMd-r2dN8

Medicare Part D Benefits Eligibility Chart PDF

Core Benefits Cheat Sheet PDF

Health Care Choice Info:
https://www.honoringchoicesmass.com/

General Information

106 Massachusetts Nursing Homes Make U.S. News ‘Best’ Ratings:
https://patch.com/massachusetts/boston/106-massachusetts-nursing-homes-make-u-s-news-best-ratings

Healthy Aging Data Reports – Helping residents, agencies, providers and governments understand the older adults who live in their cities and towns:
https://healthyagingdatareports.org/

2018 Cost of Care Report
https://www.genworth.com/aging-and-you/finances/cost-of-care.html

10 Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease You Should Know
https://www.self.com/story/alzheimers-disease-facts

Causes and Types of Dementia
https://www.verywellhealth.com/types-of-dementia-98770

Community Living
https://acl.gov/about-community-living

Human memory: How we make, remember, and forget memories
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/health-and-human-body/human-body/human-memory/

CDC Memory and Health Related Information

The Healthy Brain Initiative: A National Public Health Road Map to Maintaining Cognitive Health PDF

Addressing Stigma Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease And Other Dementias: Role of the Public Health and Aging Services Networks PDF

Addressing Financial Exploitation Among People Living with Cognitive Impairment and Their Caregivers: Role of the Public Health and Aging Services Networks PDF

Addressing Emergency Preparedness Needs of Individuals Living with Cognitive Impairment and Their Care Partners: Role of the Public Health and Aging Services Networks PDF

8 Things No One Tells You About Being a Caregiver for Someone With Alzheimer’s Disease
https://www.self.com/story/alzheimers-caregivers-wish-theyd-known?intcid=inline_amp

6 Small but Important Ways to Take Care of Yourself When Caring for Someone With Alzheimer’s
https://www.self.com/story/self-care-alzheimers-caregiver/amp

6 Alzheimer’s Caregivers Give Their Best Advice for Keeping Your Loved One Active and Engaged
https://www.self.com/story/alzheimers-active-engaged?intcid=inline_amp

New to caregiving? Eight resources you should know
https://news.memorywell.com/2018/11/28/eight-caregiver-resources-you-should-know/

Congressional Stories of Family Caregiving
https://www.geron.org/images/documents/congressional_stories_of_family_caregiving.pdf

Caring.com resources:
https://www.caring.com/caregivers/alzheimers/
https://www.caring.com/caregivers/alzheimers-caregiving/
https://www.caring.com/caregivers/dementia/
https://www.caring.com/caregivers/dementia-caregiving/
https://www.caring.com/senior-living/memory-care-facilities/

Links and Resources: Advocacy

Articles of interest

65 MA Nursing Homes Get 5 Stars From New Government Grade System
https://patch.com/massachusetts/boston/65-ma-nursing-homes-get-5-stars-new-government-grade-system

Turning gray and into the red: The true cost of growing old in America
http://theconversation.com/turning-gray-and-into-the-red-the-true-cost-of-growing-old-in-america-127162

Staving Off Dementia When You Have Mild Cognitive Impairment
https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/staving-off-dementia-when-you-have-mild-cognitive-impairment

Law requiring dementia training for healthcare professionals:

The Health Benefits Of Music Therapy
https://healthprep.com/living-healthy/the-health-benefits-of-music-therapy/7/?utm_source=google&utm_campaign=1504191119&utm_medium=search&utm_term=american%20music%20therapy&utm_content=58731655915

Menopause and Alzheimers
https://medium.com/neurotrack/menopause-and-alzheimers-1c455f29fe16

Welltower-commissioned effort seeks to establish quality standards for assisted living, memory care
https://www.mcknightsseniorliving.com/home/news/welltower-commissioned-effort-seeks-to-establish-quality-standards-for-assisted-living-memory-care/

Health and Human Services Secretary Czar and Elder Care
https://www.nextavenue.org/elder-care-trump-hhs-secretary-azar/

Fake ’50s town offers real benefits for people with dementia:
https://www.curbed.com/platform/amp/2018/9/20/17882054/alzheimers-center-town-square-dementia-glenner

Is It Alzheimer’s Or Another Dementia? The Right Answer Matters
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/03/18/703944116/is-it-alzheimers-or-another-dementia-the-right-answer-matters

$100 million Alzheimer’s bill unanimously passed by Senate committee
https://www.mcknightsseniorliving.com/home/news/100-million-alzheimers-bill-unanimously-passed-by-senate-committee/

Many Alzheimer’s patients experience ‘sundowning,’ or strong mood swings late in the day. The cause is a mystery.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/national/health-science/many-alzheimers-patients-experience-sundowning-or-strong-mood-swings-late-in-the-day-the-cause-is-a-mystery/2018/12/07/dd1cd7a8-f24e-11e8-80d0-f7e1948d55f4_story.html

The Caring Company – Managing the Future of Work – Harvard Business School
https://www.hbs.edu/managing-the-future-of-work/research/Pages/the-caring-company.aspx

Our Brains Need Exercise Too
https://www.nextavenue.org/you-affect-brain-health/

Researchers Explore Why Women’s Alzheimer’s Risk Is Higher Than Men’s
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/07/17/742372403/researchers-search-for-reasons-why-womens-alzheimer-s-risk-is-higher-than-men-s

Survey: People with disabilities and the elderly need more help finding transportation services
https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2018/12/07/survey-people-with-disabilities-elderly-need-more-help-finding-transportation-services/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d55d48ebc9a3

 

Scholarly Articles and Research

Reduced interference in working memory following mindfulness training is associated with increases in hippocampal volume
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11682-018-9858-4

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