Programs & Initiatives
Advance Care Planning
Healthy Aging MV is collaborating with many island and state-wide partners to bring awareness to islanders about the need for advance care planning (ACP). This is especially relevant to those dealing with end-of-life issues, but planning ahead is also smart for all adults aged 18 and older.
Healthy Aging MV leads the island's Falls Prevention Coalition, a dedicated group of more than two dozen organizations that work together to assess safety needs for older adults and implement strategies to reduce falls.
FirstStop MV is an Island-wide reference guide to support the health and wellness of our community by connecting people to information and critical resources for Islanders of all ages. Search the online database by category or keyword search in order to locate a service provider or other resource that may be able to help you or your loved ones. You may also call the First Stop MV office at 774-549-0555 to speak with a staff person who can give you information about how to locate services.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a program of self-care education sessions providing a wealth of tools and strategies to help family caregivers better handle the unique challenges they face. Healthy Aging Martha's Vineyard has received a grant, under Title III of the Older Americans Act, to provide this program.
Reducing Senior Isolation
We are in the beginning stages of working with the Friendly Visitor planning group and exploring ways to initiate non-medical home visits, intergenerational activities, safety assessments, and social engagement for island older adults, especially those who are home-bound.
Long involved in supporting innovative housing solutions for older adults on Martha's Vineyard, HAMV is exploring creative options that may allow older adults to remain in their homes longer. Options include home repairs and modifications, home-sharing ideas, innovative assisted living options, advocacy toward the towns to support by-law changes and reform, and more.
Island older adults need responsive, door-to-door, on-demand transportation options. Healthy Aging MV has collaborated with the Vineyard Transit Authority and Center for Living to construct models of transportation that can benefit all island older adults, including those with disabilities. We are continuing to apply the results of our assessments and data gathering to determine best practices and develp strategies that are inclusive, creative, and multi-use.