A little more than 900,000 people over the age of 65 live in Massachusetts, 14% of the state?s population. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs has the job of providing programs and services to ensure that the state?s seniors live long and healthy lives.
-- Assisted Living Ombudsman: Investigates complaints made by residents of assisted living facilities.
-- Caregiver Support: Help for those who are caring for a senior family member.
-- Congregate Housing: Neither a nursing home nor a medical care facility; a place for seniors to live together.
-- Home Services: A comprehensive program that provides such services as adult day care, personal care, help with household chores and transportation.
-- Long-Term Care Ombudsman: Advocating for residents of long-term care facilities.
-- Meals & Nutrition: Services include home delivered meals, as well as nutrition education for a healthy life.
-- Prescription Advantage: Helping eligible seniors pay for prescription drugs.
-- Protective Services Program: Receives and investigates incidents of elder abuse, neglect of exploitation.
-- Supportive Housing Initiative: Creating “an assisted living-like” environment in state funded senior housing.
-- Volunteer Services: Volunteer opportunities for seniors.
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Seniors are often easy targets for unscrupulous people who think nothing of taking advantage of this vulnerable population. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs offers tips to seniors to avoid being victims. They include:
-- Never give out personal information on the phone, such as Social Security number, date of birth or Medicare number.
-- Never give in to pressure tactics from “salesmen.”
-- Trust your instincts. If you think someone is trying to scam you, you are probably right. Just end the conversation.
If any of these things happen to you, report it at once to Elder Affairs.
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs coordinates programs and services through 23 local Area Agencies of Aging (AAA) scattered throughout the state.
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