“I’ve struggled with depression for most of my life,” said Lauren, a 78-year-old retired nurse and longtime Stoneham resident. “During those times, I would try to focus on the good things in my life: my large extended family, my work at a VA hospital, and my passion for painting.” Lauren was able to manage her.. read more →

by Daniel J. O’Leary, Executive Director, Mystic Valley Elder Services Q: Over the past year, I have experienced some major life changes and I’m finding it very difficult to feel positive during this holiday season. Why am I so miserable? A: This is absolutely one of the hardest times of year for many folks, and.. read more →

Veterans: you deserve compassionate, experienced care in the comfort of your own home. A special program is available to veterans of all ages who need substantial assistance to live in their own homes and communities. The Veterans’ Independence Plus (VIP) program provides a critical service for veterans who are at risk of having to leave.. read more →

The amount of information concerning Medicare, supplemental plans and prescription drug coverage can be overwhelming. We have put together five tips to help simplify the open enrollment process: Be aware of the deadline. Medicare’s Open Enrollment period occurs once a year and is the time when you can make changes to your Medicare coverage. Open Enrollment.. read more →

01 Oct 2017
October 1, 2017

Volunteer Money Managers Needed

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“If it were not for the assistance of our money management volunteers, many of the individuals we work with would have faced eviction from their apartment, simply for falling behind on their bills. That’s how critical this volunteer work is for members of our community.” -Larry Poirier, Money Management Program Manager Money Managers are screened, trained volunteers.. read more →

Starting in August, Mystic Valley Elder Services will host a free workshop series for family and friends who are active caregivers for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. “We are pleased to offer this important resource for those caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Kathy Learned, Mystic Valley Elder.. read more →

When retired high school teacher Judy Patterson reentered the classroom, it was to tiny desks and chairs and a chorus of little voices. The Kindergarten classroom at Colonial Park School in Stoneham has been Judy’s favorite spot ever since—a place where she spends one day a week working intensively with small groups of five-year-olds on.. read more →

Hundreds of you joined us for the special benefit performance of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti on Saturday, June 10th. Because of your generosity, we raised $148,000 for elders without resources! This funding will help people like James, who at 90-years-old, lives in his own home in Wakefield. This year, after experiencing some health.. read more →

18 Jun 2017
June 18, 2017

Celebrating our Volunteers!

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Earlier this summer, we held our annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet at the Irish-American Hall in Malden. The event photo album is now on our Facebook page! This past year, over 550 volunteers served over 22,000 volunteer hours! Our agency is so grateful to those who have been so generous with their time. As the demand.. read more →

15 Jun 2017
June 15, 2017

Mystic Tea: Warmth & Kinship

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Ben Gallo knows the importance of making people feel welcome. He understands the small decisions that accumulate to a big sense of hospitality: clean accommodations, plenty of space, willing and patient staff, generous refreshments. And most importantly: a genuine desire to give guests a sense of belonging, of safety, and of enjoyment. Ben knows these.. read more →