Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) promotes the independence, empowerment, and well-being of older adults, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers through partnerships and contracts with community-based organizations in the Aging Services Network.

This Network includes

· Councils on Aging (COAs), located in municipalities, are community focal points for social and support services.

· Aging Service Access Points (ASAPs), located regionally, serve every community in the Commonwealth. They provide information and referral, clinical eligibility determinations, the state home care program, protective services and other support services for older adults living independently in their home and community.

· Area Agencies of Aging (AAA), are federally designated regional agencies that receive Older American Act Funds and support local services, including information and referral, caregiver support and nutrition.

· Aging and Disability Resources Consortia (ADRC), located regionally at the ASAPs and Independent Living Centers (ILCs), provide consumers with information and referral, options counseling, and assistance with decision support and service planning.

As a member of the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care, EOEA has:

· Promoted through its mailings and electronic notifications, the concept that advance care planning needs to be an immediate concern for all older adults, caregivers, and families in the Commonwealth. Network staff is urged to initiate programs that will encourage the naming of health care proxies, and help to ensure that individuals’ goals and values are reflected in their health care.

· Partnered with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to create an art installation entitled, “Before I Die”.

· Attended the Massachusetts Library Association Conference to hand out Advance Care Planning Toolkits provided by Honoring Choices, and the Conversation Project.

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