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MGH Senior HealthWISE

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

Weekly Wellness Centers for residents of the Amy Lowell, Beacon House, and Blackstone buildings form the cornerstone of Senior HealthWISE. These clinics are not intended to replace primary care, but rather to reinforce the connection to care, and to educate the patient and monitor medication and other adherence. Residents who visit the Wellness Center are provided with a variety of health, behavioral, and social services including basic health screenings; education and resource referral for financial, nutritional, and medical concerns; and acute care following a wound, the flu, or a hospital discharge.

In addition, educational and wellness programs are designed to support socialization, promote exercise, and provide health education for all seniors in the area.  Educational and wellness programs include monthly blood pressure screenings, flu vaccine programs, health and wellness lectures, a monthly community newsletter, and exercise classes. Luncheons, book clubs, and a film series provide seniors with opportunities to socialize and learn.

 

Currently, HealthWISE is evaluating the health and resource needs of a large Mandarin speaking population, along with dramatic changes in many who are living longer years, and are challenged by psychiatric and cognitive changes as well as increased frailty. The past year has included strategic redesign of interventions to meet the needs of this vulnerable population.

Senior HealthWISE and Boston Senior Homecare at the Blackstone Building identify people who require homecare, and bring people out of their homes for social and recreational activities including craft projects, support groups, cooking classes, and afternoon teas. Senior HealthWISE integrates programs supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs into Senior HealthWISE programming, including My Life, My Health: Chronic Disease Self-Management; A Matter of Balance; and Healthy Eating for Successful Living.  These programs are evidence-based and are shown to improve health outcomes.

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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Wendy Venti

Phone: 617 724-6756
Email: wventi@partners.org