Making Martha's Vineyard an Aging-Friendly Island
April  2016                                                                                                  Volume 4               
Dear Healthy Aging Readers,

Democracy is often described as a system of government based on the belief in freedom and equality between people, in which power is exercised either directly by the people themselves or through elected representatives. I love New England Town Meetings where democracy is on display in its purest form.
Martha's Vineyard Town Meetings this spring provide another wonderful opportunity for Islanders to speak (and vote) directly about their support for our elder population and services to support our elders. Specifically, HAMV hopes you will vote to support FirstStop, our new Information website (with staff) and the Councils on Aging budgets including MV Community Services CORE program (Counseling, Outreach, Referral and Evaluation) for vulnerable island seniors.
Please make democracy work by voting at your Town Meeting:
April 12 for Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury and West Tisbury
April 25 for Chilmark; May 10 for Aquinnah

Paddy Moore, Chair Healthy Aging Martha's Vineyard
Healthy Aging Martha's Vineyard Community Meeting, December 2015. Photo by Mark Lovewell, courtesy of the Vineyard Gazette,

"Grow old along with me! 
The best is yet to be; 
the last of life for which the first was made."                  Robert Browning 
Community Meeting Invitation                                                                                                 
HAMV Invites You to Our April 11th Community Meeting

Monday, April 11th from 1:00-4:30 PM
Registration from 12:30-1:00 PM   MV Hebrew Center, Vineyard Haven

Come hear final survey results, our community priorities, join a working group, and hear Representatives Tim Madden and Denise Garlick, Joint Chair of Elder Affairs, and let them know how they can help our plans for seniors on the Vineyard.

Support FirstStop MV at this Spring's Town Meetings
FirstStop MV is the Island's only centralized information resource hub for senior services. People can connect to services through FirstStop MV's website 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and through its staffed phone service on weekdays. So far in 2016, the website has received an estimated 1600 unique visitors, and a number of people have called in to use the service by phone, as well.
But the work is just beginning.

FirstStop MV is currently funded by all six Island Towns through the end of June, and it is once again time to support funding for the upcoming fiscal year. FirstStop MV is grateful for each of the Towns groundbreaking support at last year's Town meetings and now must sustain the same level of commitment in order for the nascent program to take root and continue to grow and develop to best serve the needs of our rapidly aging Island community.

Please consider attending your Town meeting, speaking on behalf of FirstStop MV, and otherwise advocating for the continued development of this important program. Thank you for your continued support.

Town Meeting Schedule
Aquinnah: May 10th at 7 pm
Chilmark: April 25th at 7 pm
Edgartown: April 12th at 7 pm
Oak Bluffs: April 12th at 7 pm
Tisbury: April 12th at 7 pm
West Tisbury: April 12th at 7 pm
Warrant Articles
Aquinnah - Article [TBA]
Chilmark - Article 22
Edgartown - Article 26
Oak Bluffs - Article 22
Tisbury - Article 10
West Tisbury - Article 19

Support  CORE Funding at this Year's Town Meetings 

The Councils on Aging developed CORE (Counseling, Outreach and Referral for the Elderly)  cooperatively with Island Counseling Center of Martha's Vineyard Community Services (MVCS). CORE addresses the significant inter-related health, behavioral health, social and case management needs of our Island's seniors. In order to actively engage elders in individualized services that enrich their lives, keep them healthy and safe and involve them in the programs and activities of the community, CORE is providing coordinated care through a combination of community, office and home-based behavioral health and support services to people 55 years and older.

Over the course of the last five years, CORE has become a successful mental health access program that provides focused, short term therapy, in home therapy for seniors who are home bound and referral for medication evaluation , care coordination and other forms of intervention.
CORE exceeded its goal of seeing 325 individuals over 5 years, with a total of 367 individuals served, aged 55 to 102. The Councils on Aging have referred the following number of clients: Edgartown - 74, Oak Bluffs - 129, Tisbury - 99, Up Island - 65.

Seniors can get more information, or apply for CORE services, through their local Council on Aging or through calling the Island Counselling Center at MVCS at 508-693-7900. 

First Stop News                                                                                                
FirstStop MV  is your connection to the most comprehensive, up-to-date catalog of resources available to Island seniors.

Have you begun to explore FirstStop MV yet? This new centralized information resource clearinghouse from Healthy Aging Martha's Vineyard offers more than 250 local, state, and federal resources available to Island seniors, as well as a comprehensive community calendar.

Learn more about FirstStop MV in person:

Wednesday, April 6 - 5 PM at West Tisbury Library

Saturday, April 9 - 8 AM to 12 PM at Martha's Vineyard Hospital Health Fair

Check our calendar for more upcoming events and to browse resources, 

 visit or call 774-549-0555.

FirstStop MV is supported by private donations and all six Island towns.
Healthy Aging Survey                                                                                               

By now, most know that Healthy Aging MV worked in collaboration with the Heller School at Brandeis University this past fall to administer an Island-wide senior survey to 4,762 residents. We had an astounding 49% response rate! The resulting picture of Vineyard elders' views and needs provides an amazing resource for HAMV and all our collaborating organizations - the Towns, service providers, advocates, and - most powerful of all - seniors and their families. HAMV will use this resource to educate the Island community about elders' ideas and needs, and to plan collaboratively how best to respond to those needs over the next few years.

Classes Available                                                                                                 
 Register NOW for the "Fall Prevention" Program 

The YMCA of Martha's Vineyard, in collaboration with Healthy Aging Martha's Vineyard, is very pleased to announce our participation in the evidence-based Matter of Balance program. MOB is an 8-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Lead by Master Trainer Ray Whitaker, participants will learn to view falls - and the fear of falling  - as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to
increase strength and balance.

Each class is two hours, is held once per week at Alex's Place (The Teen Center) at the YMCA of Martha's Vineyard, and is Free !
(Limit: 10-12 Participants)

First MOB session begins on Thursday Morning, May 12th, 
ends Thursday, June 30th

Please visit for class dates, or contact Ray Whitaker at (508) 696-7171 ext.121 or

Understanding Medicare

Medicare provides the most important support for elders' health that we have in America today. This program provided by ACE MV and Dukes County's Access Project Specialist, Mary Leddy, can tell you what services are provided, what Medicare does NOT cover (like long-term nursing home care), how to apply when you are 65, and everything else you may need to know about the program.

Instructor: Mary Leddy
Thursday, April 14, 6:30-8:30pm
MVRHS 419/ Fee: $35
Register online at or call 508-693-9222 

Are you caring for someone else?
Don't forget to take
care of YOU!
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free series of six 'self-care education' sessions designed to help family caregivers handle the unique challenges of care-giving.
A new session starts soon !                                  
Mondays  May 9 - June 20, 2016
6:00-8:30 pm                                                                Register Now 
Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
All attendees must pre-register.
Please contact Mary Holmes @ 1-508-560-6012 or email her at

This Month's Resource                                                                                                   

A bold new path to living your best life at every age

A book for anyone who wants to live a life of possibility, connection, and growth
We've all seen the ads on TV and in magazines: "50 is the new 30!" "60 is the new 40!" AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins disagrees. 50 is (the new) 50, and she, for one, likes the look of it.
"A brilliant and compelling new look at the future of aging." -Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Age Lab
In her new book, Disrupt Aging, Jo Ann Jenkins suggests it's time to redefine what it means to get older.

Disrupt Aging shows us how to embrace opportunity and change the way society looks at getting older. In her highly focused but down-to-earth personal style, Jo Ann provides readers practical, hands-on advice on a broad range of key issues, including:
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Our ability to live longer, healthier lives is one of our greatest achievements - it's time we treat it as such. This book will show readers how.

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