BROCKTON, DEDHAM, FALL RIVER AND NEW BEDFORD…
The Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of Southeastern Massachusetts (ADRCSE) recently hosted a conference titled A Community Together: Disabled and Elders. The ADRCSE is a local collaboration between the Southeast Center for Independent Living and Bristol Elder Services of Fall River, Coastline Elderly Services of New Bedford, and Old Colony Elder Services of Brockton that provides a coordinated system of information and access to long term services and supports for individuals, family members and providers, regardless of age, disability, or income.
Approximately 85 participants, including elders, people with disabilities, social workers, nurses, staff from councils on aging, hospitals, long term care facilities, home care agencies, and other human service organizations, attended the half-day program.
Presenter Daniel M. Surprenant, Esq., partner in the law firm of Surprenant and Beneski, P.C. of New Bedford spoke about elder law and planning for those with special needs. He reviewed estate and long term care planning, including protection of the home.
Mark Whitehouse, Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist and President of Adaptive Driving Program, Inc. of Dedham spoke on the topic of Driving Your Way to Independence. According to Mr. Whitehouse, his goal is to, “help people keep driving as long as possible and to get people driving who never thought they could do so.”
Incorporated in 1974, Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) is one of 27 private, non-profit Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES touches the lives of approximately 16,000 people a year. They have 140 employees and operate 20 programs serving elders, their families and caregivers.
OCES serves elders, their families and caregivers in the towns of Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Middleboro, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rockland, Stoughton, Wareham, West Bridgewater and Whitman.
The organization’s mission is to provide services that support the dignity and independence of elders by helping them maximize their quality of life; live safely and in good health; and, prevent
unnecessary or premature institutionalization.
For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit the website at www.oldcolonyelderservices.org.