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HAMV Updates

A message from hamv


We've gotten a great start to 2024 with much happening at HAMV. Let me first say a heartfelt thank you to all of you who supported HAMV in our fundraising efforts last fall. Your financial support is so important to helping us achieve our mission of ensuring that we have the services and infrastructure in place so that Older Adults can successfully age on Martha's Vineyard. Your donations help support our organization in overseeing island-wide coalitions to address challenges collaboratively, introducing and funding new pilot programs to address service gaps, advocating to ensure that Older Adults' perspectives are included in community decision making and educating our community on the contributions that Older Adults make.

I'm delighted to share with you that we have two new Healthy Aging Martha's Vineyard colleagues; Lisa Stewart, Mobility Manager, and Jamie Loschen, Associate Director. They are already digging in, bringing their expertise, energy and passion to move us forward. Read more about them here - and most likely you will have the opportunity to meet them as they are out and about in our community.  

We launched a new pilot program on January 2 in conjunction with our 4 Councils on Aging - CALL THE TECH PRO - with a huge positive response. In the first 3 weeks of the program, we have had over 75 Older Adults register to have a TECH PRO come to their home at no cost. Learn more about this program.

So as 2024 continues to heat up (literally and figuratively) we are enthusiastic about what we can do together.




I want to support Healthy Aging Martha’s Vineyard efforts to create an age and dementia-friendly island by making a tax deductible donation.

Announcing a new program

Call your COA for more information:

Tisbury: 508-696-4205

Up-Island: 508-693-2896

Edgartown: 508-627-4368

Oak Bluffs: 508.693-4509

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Rural Health Scholars Report 2022 is here!
Click here to download.

NEW! home safety modification Video

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.

Walking Poles event

This walking poles event will be held on Wednesday, June 12, at Polly Hill Arboretum. There are two sessions, each with a slightly different focus. One is for people who want to learn about walking with poles, and the second is a “train the trainer” session - two experts will demonstrate best practices for helping others use walking poles to more safely navigate the outdoors. Both are free and open to the public. See the attached flyers for information, and share this information with anyone you think might be interested.


HAMV Weighs in


The OGs of Elder Justice: Bill Benson & Iris Freeman

Hear what an HAMV board member, Iris Freeman, has to say!

Listen on YouTube or Spotify

Hear what Bob Laskowski has to say on the need for affordable housing for Older Adults. Click here.

recent funders

  • Cape Cod 5

  • Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands

  • Farm Neck Golf Club

  • Martha's Vineyard Bank Charitable Foundation

  • Martha's Vineyard Community Foundation

  • Martha's Vineyard Hospital

  • Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs

  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation


  • Point32Health

  • Rotary Club of MV

  • Tower Family Fund

  • Town of Aquinnah

  • Town of Chilmark

  • Town of Edgartown

  • Town of Oak Bluffs

  • Town of Tisbury

  • Town of West Tisbury

  • Tufts Healthcare Foundation


Congratulations to Navigator Homes on achieving a critical milestone to make the Navigator, a skilled nursing facility, a reality on our Island!


"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” - Winston Churchill

Check out their website where you can find general community and green house updates!


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