Family and Community Supports, Education, Employment/Unemployment, Financial Assistance Resources

On this page you can find resources related to:

  • Education
  • Emergency Child Care
  • Employment and Unemployment
  • Financial Assistance
  • Neighborhood-Specific and Mutual Aid Groups
  • Pregnancy and Parenting Supports
  • Senior Services and Supports

These resources are updated regularly, so please check back frequently.

Education

Employment

Financial Assistance

Neighborhood-Specific Resources and Mutual Aid Groups

Pregnancy and Parenting Support

Senior Services and Supports

  • Ethos
    • Support and Meals for Seniors in Boston
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors (Nesterly and The City of Boston)
    • Service to match volunteers with seniors and others who need errands, food deliveries and support
  • Alzheimer’s Buddies
    • Pairs college students with individuals living with dementia for weekly visits to improve care and quality of life. Participants must be residents of an affiliated assisted living or skilled nursing facility.
  • Alzheimer’s Association
    • Non-profit organization focused on providing community education, support groups, and research for those with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. They have a wealth of online resources and offer a 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900. Specifically, offers tips for dementia caregivers specific to challenges caused by the pandemic.
  • Caregiver Support Groups
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • The CDC’s guidelines for older adults, including coping and stress relief, symptom recognition, and how to develop a care plan.
  • Boston ElderINFO
    • Offering information and referral to Boston elders and their caregivers on various resources that might meet individual needs. Phone: 617-292-6211
  • Boston’s Age Strong Commission
    • For persons age 55 and above with the mission with promoting and creating meaningful programs, resources, and connections for adults to lead healthy and productive lives in Boston. Phone: 617-635-4366 Email: agestrong@boston.gov
  • Carroll Center for the Blind
    • Serving all stages and ages with vision loss. For older adults, they offer assessment and linkage to services and/or adaptive technology to promote independence.
  • Elder Service Organizations
    • Regionally based non-profits offering as an entry point for services for older and/or disabled adults. They are also known at Aging Service Access Points or Area Agency on Aging. Services can include: Information & Referral, Meals on Wheels, Home Care, PCA Services, Caregiver Respite Services, and Options Counseling.
  • Executive Office of Elder Affairs
    • The State office promoting independence, empowerment, and well-being for older people, individuals with disabilities, and their families. Their focus is advocating for on a state level and work in tandem with many of the State’s local programming. They also support the Elder Abuse Hotline at: 800-922-2275, Toll Free Connect to Local Elder Service Agency: (800) 243-4636.
  • Friendly Visitor Programs
    • Programs that link a vetted volunteer with an older adult. Often offered through local Elder Service organizations. In Boston, also offered through Friendship Works (Friendship Works' phone number: 617-482-1510).
  • Geriatric Care Managers
    • A professional geriatric care manager is usually a licensed registered nurse or social worker who specializes in geriatrics. The geriatric care manager will work with you and your family to identify needs and find ways to meet them. This may include a onetime consultation or on-going connection as one plans for current and future care. There maybe a fee for this service, sometimes insurance will cover the cost. Resource links: Caregiving MetroWest/BayPath Elder Services, Inc.; Caring.com
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Services Boston
    • Their mission focuses on serving vulnerable populations across the life span. For older adults, supports include independent living supports, Dementia Education programming, Care Management services, Information & Referral, Guardianship education, Parkinson’s Disease Support, Suicide Prevention education & training, and Holocaust survivor supportive services. (Phone number: 781-647-JFCS (5327))
  • Legal Assistance
    • Establishing a relationship with an attorney who specializes in Elder Law can be a valuable member of your team. An Elder Law can assist you with various aspects of estate and long-term care planning. They are also helpful with establishing advance directives (health care proxy, living will, durable power of attorney) and certain aspects related to financial considerations. Elders maybe eligible for subsidized legal assistance through these resources or Senior Legal Helpline (800) 342-5297.
  • Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    • Empowers individuals to continue to lead full lives whether new vision loss or since youth. Offering various services including vision rehabilitation, access technology, training, volunteer help, counseling, and peer support services. Learn more or make a referral on the website, by phone (888-613-2777), or email: mabvi@mabcommunity.org
  • Memory Cafés
    • A community-based offering for people with dementia and their caregivers to come together to socialize and engage in an activity. These programs are typically free. Each location will have its own culture and activities may vary from session to session.
  • Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
    • Program through MassHealth and Medicare to provide a wide range of medical, social, recreational and wellness services to eligible participants. The goal of PACE is to support people’s goal to age in their home. Eligibility requirements include age 55+, meet skilled nursing facility level of care, and certain income guidelines to name a few.
  • Savvy Caregiver Program
    • A 6-session evidence based dementia caregiver training program. Generally free. (Phone number: 978-946-1211)

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