Joint Committee on Elder Affairs
- The Committee consists of seventeen members of the General Court and includes Representatives and Senators. It is concerned with all matters related to seniors.
- The myriad issues may include healthcare, housing, nutrition, transportation, economic stability, community services and personal safety and security.
- The Committee will work with seniors, their loved ones and caregivers, advocates, state and federal agencies, private and non-governmental organizations and academic institutions to promote public policy that addresses the varied issues and concerns of seniors along the age continuum.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Programs for Older Adults
- Prescription Advantage is a prescription drug insurance plan available to all Massachusetts residents age 65 and older, as well as younger individuals with disabilities who meet income and employment guidelines.
- For more information, visit the Prescription Advantage Web Page.
SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone)
- The SHINE Program (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) is a state health insurance assistance program that provides free health insurance information, counseling and assistance to Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers.
- For details, visit the SHINE Web Page
MassHealth Information for Seniors
- MassHealth pays for health care for certain low- and medium-income Massachusetts residents aged 65 and older, as well as individuals of any age who need long-term-care services.
- To see if you may qualify or for more information, visit the MassHealth Web Page
Long-Term Care Ombudsman
- The Executive Office of Elder Affairs, through 24 Local Program Areas, administers the Massachusetts Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. Ombudsmen work within the system to improve the quality of life and care of residents. Ombudsmen volunteers and staff are certified by the State Ombudsman and visit nursing and rest homes on a regular basis.
- To find the Ombudsman Program nearest you, view the Ombudsman Program Contact List
Assisted Living Ombudsman
- You may contact the Assisted Living Ombudsman Program to inquire if any complaints have been filed against any one ALR. The assisted living ombudsman also acts as a mediator and attempts to resolve problems or conflicts that arise between an assisted living residence and one or more of its residents. Anyone can bring a complaint before the ombudsman.
- To contact an Assisted Living Ombudsman you may call Elder Affairs at (617) 727-7750 or 1-800-AGE- INFO (1-800-243-4636).
Norfolk County “Are you OK?” Check in Program
- “Are You OK?” provides safety and security for elderly people living alone. Each person who signs up is called every single day of the year via an automated call system. If the person does not answer the phone, the call is made again by an officer. If there is still no answer or the person says they need assistance, the officer will ensure someone is sent to help.
- For more information or to sign up for “Are you OK?”, visit the Are You OK? Web Page or call the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office at 1-866-900-7865.