This is a resource collection for older adults and their supporters
meets every other Friday
11 am – 12 pm
call-in number: 781-219-0710
hosted by the Northeast Recovery Learning Community
There’s conversation about older adult issues, a variety of topics, and self-help tools and coping skills. Learn more: https://www.nilp.org/nerlc/
meets on Thursday
1 – 2:15 pm
hosted by ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders)
meets on Tuesdays, 12 – 1 pm
and Thursdays, 7 – 8 pm
hosted by DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) Boston
A group for those 55+ which provides advocacy, education, support, and awareness so that all people affected by mental health conditions can build better lives. Learn more: https://dbsaboston.org/?page_id=14783
meets on Mondays
7 – 8:30 pm
To support mental health advocates over 50 years of age with pure peer support practices based on natural curiosity, acceptance, humor, and positive networking.
Learn more: https://www.choiceheals.com/
meets on the 3rd Wednesdays of the month
3:30 – 5 pm
online and in person
hosted by the Cambridge Women’s Center
Local Councils on Aging offer social support and other services to older adults in their local community.
Find your local Council on Aging: https://mcoaonline.com/what-is-a-coa/coa-directory/.
Aging and Disability Resources Consortia
Aging and Disability Resources Consortia (ADRC) provide information and referral, options counseling, and assistance with decision support and service planning for older adults and people with disabilities of any age. Each ADRC is a collaboration of the regional Aging Services Access Point, Area Agency on Aging, and Independent Living Center.
Find your Aging and Disability Resources Consortium: https://namimass.org/wp-content/uploads/Massachusetts-Aging-Disability-Resource-Consortia.pdf (pdf).
Aging Services Access Points
Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) are regional agencies that provide information and referral, case management, elder protective service investigations, and more to support older adults living in the community. ASAPs are often co-located with Area Agencies of Aging (AAAs).
Find your Aging Services Access Point: https://www.mass.gov/location-details/aging-services-access-points-asaps-in-massachusetts.
Area Agencies of Aging
Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) are regional agencies coordinate and offer services that help older adults remain in their homes, including home-delivered meals, homemaker assistance, and more. AAAs are often co-located with Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs).
Find your Area Agency on Aging: https://eldercare.acl.gov/.
FriendshipWorks works to reduce elder isolation by connecting volunteers with older adults for friendship and support. For people living in Boston, Brookline, Newton, Somerville and Cambridge.
Learn more: https://fw4elders.org/.
Elder Mental Health Outreach Teams connect older adults to mental health services and other resources.
Amesbury Council on Aging
Bellingham Council on Aging
Community Counseling of Bristol County
Elder Services of Berkshire County
Greater Lynn Senior Services
New Bedford Council on Aging
Somerville Cambridge Elder Services
The WRAP for Healthy Aging Workbook is an adaptation of the foundational WRAP “Red Book” designed specifically for adults aged 60 and older. Many people have used WRAP across the life span, including adapting their WRAP for the challenges of healthy aging. Learn more: https://www.wellnessrecoveryactionplan.com/product/wrap-for-healthy-aging-workbook/.
An 8-page mini zine about depression as you get older when you took things for granted. Learn more: https://www.etsy.com/listing/812200780/depression-with-age-mini-zine-mental.
Report Elder Abuse and Neglect
information about reporting
types and signs of elder abuse
mandated reporter information and forms
Leading Age Massachusetts
Massachusetts Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
Massachusetts Assisted Living Association
Massachusetts Association of Residential Care Homes
Massachusetts Councils on Aging
Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Massachusetts Health Aging Collaborative
Massachusetts Senior Action Council
Massachusetts Senior Care Association
This guide provides important information to help understand the problem of suicide among older adults, learn the risk factors and warning signs, and how to intervene. Learn more: https://www.jfcsboston.org/Our-Services/Older-Adults/Aging-and-Mental-Health-Training/Suicide-Prevention-Guide.
This toolkit offers strategies senior centers can use to integrate suicide prevention into activities that support the well-being of older adults. It describes activities that increase protective factors and explains how to recognize the warning signs of suicide. Learn more: https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Promoting-Emotional-Health-and-Preventing-Suicide/SMA15-4416.
This toolkit equips senior living staff with resources to promote mental health, suicide prevention, and encourages active participation among residents. It includes guidelines for integrating suicide prevention into ongoing programs, hands-on tools, and training manuals. Learn more: https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Promoting-Emotional-Health-and-Preventing-Suicide/SMA10-4515.
This guide contains basic information about common mental health diagnoses; case studies; and tips, techniques, and suggested language to help people manage complex behaviors and demanding situations. Learn more: https://www.jfcsboston.org/Our-Services/Older-Adults/Aging-and-Mental-Health-Training/Mental-Health-Guide.