HAMV Updates

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The HAMV Home Safety Modification Program is still going strong! Our 2020 survey let us know that Older Adults on island want to age in place. We are working hard to help you meet that goal. If you want a consultation for involvement in the Home Safety Modification Program, call your local COA.

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thank you for showing up

Voting for the  Community Impact Grant has closed. The results are set to be posted in mid June 2021. We don't know where HAMV ended up in the running, but we are thankful for each and every one of you who digitally showed up and voted. Thank you for your continuing support of our mission.

Home Safety Success!

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The HAMV Home Safety Modification Program has been hard at work, making the island safer for our Older-Adult residents. Currently the program is serving 15 participants! We are improving our process as we go, and expanding our network of referal agencies to better serve our residents. More exciting updates to come! If you want to learn more about the Home Safety Modification program, click on the button below.

Another hamv success

HAMV and partners hosted two "A State-of -the-Island" lively and informative virtual panel discussions on Older Adult (50+) Employment this April 2021.

The first panel was focused on resources to support Older Adult employment, while the second was focused on what island employers want and how to sell yourself to find the right position.

 

If you were unable to attend these panels please CLICK HERE to watch the April 7th panel and please CLICK HERE to watch the April 14th panel.

Remember, HAMV is constantly hosting events to support older adults in our community, so check our website often! You don't want to miss out on all the great resources.

Spring Greetings from hamv

Sunshine, Springtime, and a Vaccine!

 

It's over 50 degrees today, the sun is shining and our older adults on the island are receiving their vaccines. While our island, country and world have much more to do to put the pandemic behind us, it feels fitting to take a moment to reflect on the progress we've made since the beginning of this year. And most importantly, acknowledge and thank our front-line workers, MVH, our Councils on Aging, and other service agencies who have been so vigilant in making this happen.

 

One finding from our initial analysis of survey data illustrates the contribution of  our adult population to our island. Did you know that the equivalent contribution in pre-COVID volunteer hours of our older adults equals a workforce in excess of 500 employees on an annual basis? And for most of us, we are eager to be able to return to our previous volunteer pursuits and explore new ways to contribute in the upcoming months. 

 

So here's to shedding our winter skins and looking forward to fuller days for all of us.

 

Best,

Cindy

HAMV Executive Director

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Caregiver research Opportunity

Researchers at UMass Lowell are inviting individuals to take part in a voluntary research survey. If you are over 18 years of age and perform daily care for a family member with heart failure, consider helping us learn more to help people like you. 

 

They are looking at compassion fatigue in family caregivers caring for family members with end-stage heart failure. Their goal is to find out about care-giving experiences so they can help nurses make decisions about planning for care in the future. 

 

If you agree to participate in this research, you will be asked to complete a one-time anonymous survey about your experiences as a family caregiver.  You can use your phone, tablet, or computer.  The survey should take only 15-20 minutes.  If you want to stop and come back to the survey that is ok.  If you would like a paper survey mailed to you, please click on the link provided at the start of the survey.  A paper survey and self-addressed, stamped envelope will be mailed to you. Your mailing information will be kept confidential.  

 

In return for your time for completing the survey, the first 100 completed surveys will be entered in a drawing for a tablet (if interested). 

 

The survey link is attached here https://umasslowell.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form

show up for hamv

Showing up to your town meetings and advocating for HAMV projects really does make a difference! Check out your town website for the next one and go make your voice heard. Older Adults are an essential part of our community. Let's get involved!

Advanced care during covid

This past April 13th was National Healthcare decisions day. Our own MVTimes put out a lovely article discussing the realities and importance of advanced care planning. Now more than ever, healthcare decisions are at the forefront of people's minds. ACP can be a challenging topic, but it remains critical to our very existence. To learn more about advanced care planning, please CLICK HERE to visit HAMV's resource page. If you are interested in the article the MVTimes put out, the link is below.

MVTimes Article Link:

https://www.mvtimes.com/2021/04/13/april-16-national-healthcare-decisions-day-2/

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