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Upcoming events and exciting news at Greater Lynn Senior Services

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The monthly Brown Bag Project, which takes place on the third Friday of each month in conjunction with The Greater Boston Food Bank, is happening on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Bags of food will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 8 Silsbee Street in downtown Lynn.

Please remember to wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from others.

In order to qualify, individuals must be over 60, be eligible for an assistance program, and be pre-qualified through an application process. Please call 781-599-0110 and request an application for this program.

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More than 3.7 million older Americans suffer from malnutrition.

50% of older adults in Massachusetts are at risk of malnutrition.

During Malnutrition Awareness Week®, people throughout the U.S. will unite to raise awareness about the importance of ensuing access to proper nutrition for our most vulnerable populations. Up to one out of two seniors are at risk for malnutrition in the US.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has only underscored how vital our elderly nutrition programs are, with requests rising by 50 percent in Massachusetts. Even though 99 percent of seniors over 65 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control, seniors are struggling being homebound, quarantined, and fearful of illness. Now more than ever, they need people to step up and #BeaNutritionNeighbor.

www.mass.gov/nutrition-program-for-seniors

 

 

Every four years, Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS) develops an Area Plan on Aging, a document that serves as a blueprint for meeting the needs of people age 60 and older, adults living with disabilities, and their caregivers in Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, and Swampscott. The plan is submitted to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the state agency that designates GLSS and other organizations like it as Area Agencies on Aging.

As part of the process, GLSS invites public review of and comment on the document. A draft of GLSS’ 2022-2025 Area Plan on Aging is available by contacting Andrew Wallace, GLSS’ Title III Planner, at awallace@glss.net or by calling 781-477-6702. The comment period will end with a public hearing to be held via Zoom technology on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, from 4:00 ‒ 5:00 p.m. Please contact awallace@glss.net for the Zoom link.

As a designated Area Agency on Aging, GLSS receives funding for what are called “Title III” programs (as identified by the Older Americans Act): Information and Referral; Nutrition (Meals on Wheels and senior lunch programs); Money Management; Family Caregiver Support Program; Ombudsman Program; healthy living programs; legal services (through Northeast Legal Aid); and a network of grant-funded community agencies. These include contracts that allow the agency to offer things like companion services and emergency short-term care for free to older adults in need. GLSS’ Title III programs are overseen by a volunteer Advisory Council, made up of representatives from GLSS’ five-community service area.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has also designated GLSS as an Aging Services Access Point, which funds a host of other programs—like home care services—that help older adults and people living with disabilities remain independent. For more information, visit www.glss.net.

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The statistics demonstrate why falls continue to be a national public health concern. According to the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. But the good news is that many falls are preventable.

National Falls Prevention Awareness Week (September 20-24) is a good time to consider taking a free, award-winning, evidence-based program offered by GLSS called “A Matter of Balance,” which is proven to help older adults who have concerns about falling. Our workshop helps participants set reasonable goals for increasing activity; improves strength and balance; and suggests changes to your environment to reduce risk factors for falls. You can sign up to join a workshop at www.glss.net/Wellness-Pathways. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, GLSS’ Falls Prevention Specialist will offer live events via Uniper, a new communications tool offered free of charge to area residents by GLSS (to learn more, contact Andrew Wallace at 781-477-6702). This month’s episode of GLSS TV, airing on local cable TV stations and at www.glss.net/glss-tv, also features a segment about this important topic.

The National Council on Aging has a quick Falls Free CheckUp to help you determine your falls risk factors and ways to address them. Simple things like reviewing your medications regularly with your pharmacist or doctor to reduce the risk of side effects, using an assistive device, and getting an annual ear and eye exam can make a big difference. This isn’t just an issue affecting older adults—it’s a community-wide concern. Let’s work together to prevent falls!

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The monthly Brown Bag Project, which takes place on the third Friday of each month in conjunction with The Greater Boston Food Bank, is happening on Friday, September 17, 2021.

Bags of food will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 8 Silsbee Street in downtown Lynn.

Please remember to wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from others.

In order to qualify, individuals must be over 60, be eligible for an assistance program, and be pre-qualified through an application process. Please call 781-599-0110 and request an application for this program.

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My Life, My Health is a Wellness Pathways workshop where participants are introduced to tools that improve their ability to manage chronic disease.

The workshop is for anyone living with an on-going medical condition. Chronic disease, pain, and discomfort may limit activities you enjoy. This workshop will help you discover ways to take more control of your condition through:

- Eating well
- Controlling your pain
- Starting an exercise program
- Handling stress and learning to relax
- Increasing your energy level

This workshop will be conducted in-person at Greater Lynn Senior Services, 8 Silsbee Street, Lynn, MA, on Wednesdays, September 15 to October 20, from 10 am to 12:30 pm.

Sign up here
https://www.glss.net/Help-me-find/Health-and-Well-Being/Wellness-Pathways

Any questions, contact Jousette Anaya at 978-398-9115 or by e-mail at janaya@glss.net.

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The monthly Brown Bag Project, which takes place on the third Friday of each month in conjunction with The Greater Boston Food Bank, is happening on Friday, August 20, 2021.

Bags of food will be distributed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 8 Silsbee Street.

Please remember to wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from others.

In order to qualify, individuals must be over 60, be eligible for an assistance program, and be pre-qualified through an application process. Please call 781-599-0110 and request an application for this program.

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Si estas viviendo con una condicion de salud actual, no esta solo.

Enfermedades cronicas afectan uno de cada dies personas de todas las edades. En solo seis reuniones es comprovado que nuestro programa ayuda a las personas que viven con: Enfermedad de Corazon, Diabetes, Enfermedades Respiratorias, Ansiedad, y otras mas.

Venga y aprenda a como conectarte con la comunidad, comer más saludable, como hablar con los médicos sobre su salud, y controlar el estrés y relajarse.

Inscríbete hoy para un taller GRATUITO de 6 semanas!
Jueves, 26 de agosto de 2021 - 30 de septiembre de 2021
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Las reuniones se llevarán a cabo en
Greater Lynn Senior Services, 280 Union Street, Lynn, MA

Inscríbase en:
www.glss.net/Help-me-find/Health-and-Well-Being/Wellness-Pathways

¿Preguntas?
Llama a Jousette Anaya 978-398-9115 o envía un correo electrónico a: janaya@glss.net

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A Matter of Balance Falls Prevention Workshop will be meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning August 10 and ending September 2, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

This special workshop is open to Swampscott Housing Authority residents only.

This workshop is for people who have concerns about falling, who have had a fall in the past, are restricting their physical activity as a result, and want to improve balance, strength, and flexibility.

Meetings will take place at Swampscott Housing Authority, 6 Duncan Terrace, Swampscott, MA.

To add your name to the registration list, go to
https://www.glss.net/Help-me-find/Health-and-Well-Being/Wellness-Pathways

Or contact Jousette Anaya at janaya@gmail.com or 978-398-9115

Please spread the word and share with your network!

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Tomando Control de su Salud is a Spanish language version of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. This workshop will meet on Tuesdays from July 20-August 24 from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  It will be conducted in Spanish.

Si estas viviendo con una condicion de salud actual, no esta solo.

Enfermedades cronicas afectan uno de cada dies personas de todas las edades. En solo seis reuniones es comprovado que nuestro programa ayuda a las personas que viven con: Enfermedad de Corazon, Diabetes, Enfermedades Respiratorias, Ansiedad, y otras mas.

Venga y aprenda a como conectarte con la comunidad, comer más saludable, como hablar con los médicos sobre su salud, y controlar el estrés y relajarse.

Inscribase Tomando control de su salud.

For more information about Wellness Pathways workshops click here. If you have questions, contact Jousette Anaya 781-586-8530 (janaya@glss.net).