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With the opportunity to live longer comes a larger challenge of managing chronic health conditions over the long term.  Elder Services has developed a number of new initiatives to help elders and disabled adults to be better health care consumers and manage their chronic health conditions successfully.

Those include:

  • Healthy Living Center of Excellence
  • Prescription Advantage Program
  • SHINE Program – Medicare Information and Counseling (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone)
  • MA Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program

Healthy Living Center of Excellence

Elder Services and  Hebrew SeniorLife established the Healthy Living Center of Excellence in 2008. Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization devoted to innovative gerontology and geriatric research. It also provides senior health care, long-term nursing home care, and senior housing in Greater Boston communities to improve the lives of older adults.

The Healthy Living Center of Excellence provides evidence-based workshops in both English and Spanish to teach individuals about the prevention and management of chronic diseases and other health concerns. These evidence-based workshops are the result of research and development at national universities and medical organizations that have proven positive results for participants. There are 12 workshops offered in both English and Spanish.

Those include:

The Center has received national awards for innovation in educational programming, and helped over 3,300 individuals learn to be good health care consumers and better manage chronic health conditions. The Center also established a coalition of community organizations and trained other health care professionals to expand healthy living programming throughout Massachusetts. To learn more about the Healthy Living Center of Excellence or to access information about programs in your community, please visit, www.healthyliving4me.org.

Prescription Advantage Program

Prescription Advantage is a state-sponsored pharmaceutical assistance program for Massachusetts seniors and disabled adults.  Prescription Advantage helps pay for Part-D Prescription Drug Plan costs. For people not on Medicare, the program provides primary prescription drug coverage. Eligibility includes income and employment guidelines. Individuals wishing to enroll are encouraged to call the program: Prescription Advantage Customer Service at 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636, Press 2).

SHINE Program – Medicare Information

The Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone (SHINE) Program has certified SHINE counselors who provide Medicare information to elders and disabled adults to help understand Medicare benefits and other health insurance options. Information is offered in group settings, individual sessions, by phone and/or email. All SHINE services are free and confidential. SHINE counselors are trained and certified by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. You can make an appointment with a counselor by calling your local Council on Aging or by contacting Elder Services.

MA Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program

The Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program is a statewide partnership between community based organizations and mainstream agencies. Our objective is to reach and educate all Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, family members, and caregivers on the importance of becoming engaged healthcare consumers to prevent healthcare errors, fraud and abuse.  Services are culturally sensitive and offered in the following languages:

  • Cape Verdean Creole
  • Chinese
  • English
  • Farsi
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Haitian Creole
  • Khmer
  • Mic Mac Native American
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Vietnamese

SMP is funded by the federal Administration on Aging and collaborates statewide with the Massachusetts SHINE program. For more information about the SMP Program, please visit masmp.org