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MGH Senior HealthWISE

MGH Senior HealthWISE (Wellness, Involvement, Support and Education) enhances the health and well-being of seniors in Boston’s West End and Beacon Hill neighborhoods by addressing social, community and health concerns.

Weekly Wellness Centers for residents of the Amy Lowell, Beacon House, and Blackstone buildings form the cornerstone of Senior HealthWISE. The clinics are open to all residents, whether they are MGH patients or receive care elsewhere in the Boston area. Services do not replace primary or direct care, but rather reinforce the connection of a resident to their health care team, and provide education, support and advocacy. Residents who visit the Wellness Centers can meet with any or all members of the HealthWISE team; nurse, social worker or community resource specialist. As experts in their fields, they provide a variety of health, behavioral and social services, as well as referrals to community collaborators for a wide range of supportive services.

The team links residents to their health and community providers, and serve as advocates to ensure that care is uninterrupted and well coordinated. The goal of HealthWISE is to ‘fill in the gaps’ that often occur during and following an illness when an individual may experience a number of transitions before returning home.

Additionally, educational and wellness programs are designed to support social engagement, promote exercise, and provide health education for all seniors in the Boston area. Programs exist in each of the three residences, and HealthWISE also sponsors twice monthly health and wellness lectures on the MGH campus

The program recognizes ‘health’ broadly to include socialization and alternative means of expression and enjoyment. To that end Senior HealthWISE collaborates with the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine to provide an ongoing course entitled “Successful Aging.’  Additionally, musical entertainment is provided twice annually by The Boston Conservatory students in training, as well as ‘From The Top’, high school musicians.

2014 Outcomes:

  • 318 residents were registered for services totaling 2,200 clinical contacts.
  • 340 events were held in senior residences and in the community for older adults on health education sessions such as Hearing and Balance, Glaucoma, Oral Health, Eating Well, Home Safety and Healthy Heart.
  • 857 individuals enrolled in the community programs received monthly newsletters, educational events and local discounts. Membership also includes access to twice monthly Chair Yoga and weekly Tai Chi classes at the Clubs at Charles River Plaza. All programs provided at no cost to attendees.
  • Staff is trained in evidence-based programs, including Chronic Disease Self Management, Healthy Eating, Matter of Balance and Stay Sharp.

 

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Email: wventi@partners.org