NAMI Greater North Shore Annual Picnic September 12th Lynch Park Beverly

Please join the NAMI Greater North Shore Annual Picnic
LYNCH PARK, Beverly, September 12, Noon-3PM,

– 16 acre oceanfront park
– Lunch Served
– For persons in recovery, family and friends
– Games
– Walk the beach – Swim in the ocean


Please bring lawn chairs and RSVP at or phone

617 984 0504


David S Lynch Memorial Park
55 Ober St
Beverly, MA 01915


See pictures of the park

NCIL Information Alert: DOL Home Care Rule Reinstated

Last week, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. upheld the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Home Care Rule (PDF) and reversed the lower court’s January decision to vacate the Rule. As a reminder, in September of 2013, the DOL issued a regulation known as the Home Care Rule that expanded the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime requirements to most home- and community-based service workers, who were previously exempt from these requirements. In January of this year – when the Rule was supposed to go into effect – Judge Leon of the U.S. District Court for D.C. vacated the Rule (PDF), stating that the DOL was “trying to do through regulation what must be done through legislation.”

NCIL is extremely supportive of higher wages and benefits for personal care attendants. Unfortunately, that is not what this Rule will accomplish. The reality is that this Rule will result in harmful cuts for both consumers and workers. In several states that have started planning for the Rule’s implementation, we’ve already seen consumers get their service hours cut and workers receive notices of caps on hours and earnings. If this rule moves forward, the result will be widespread service disruptions that will lead to negative health consequences, decreased independence, and increased risk of institutionalization for millions of consumers with disabilities around the country.


Without further action, the Rule will go into effect on October 13, 2015. During this time however, the plaintiffs have the opportunity to file petitions requesting the decision be reheard by the entire D.C. Circuit, or asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision by filing a Petition for Writ of Certiorari. Depending on how the case moves forward, an additional “stay” can also be sought to maintain the status quo until a final decision is made.


It is still important for advocates and consumers to be knowledgeable about this Rule and any actions your state is taking to prepare for its implementation. It is vital that the disability community be involved in these state plans to ensure that they do not cut services, dismantle programs that allow consumers to control our services, or place caps on worker hours and earnings. NCIL will continue to be engaged with this case and will keep you updated on its status as it moves forward.

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day at the State House Tuesday September 15th

Join us at the State House for the
Annual SCI Awareness Month
Proclamation and Presentation

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM
Massachusetts State House

Hall of Flags, Great Hall (enclosed room)


The program this year is about persuasive communication. “TELL YOUR STORY.” We know we need increased funding for research to a cure. We need to show our legislators in human terms the value of increased funding.

The SCI Trust Fund was established in 2004 to provide funding opportunities for SCI research in Massachusetts. To date $750,000 has been allocated to this fund.
Please join us at the State House to show your support and inform lawmakers about SCI. A buffet lunch will be available.

For more information contact: Eric J. Ruby, M.D., Massachusetts Walks Again or fax 508-823-7044
For handicap parking and access contact:
Kristen McCosh:
Carl Richardson: 617-727-1100 ext. 35502

Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the Greater North Shore, Inc. Ninth Annual Conference

Jump into the Future: Prepare for a Smooth Landing

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
50 Ferncroft Road, Route 1 S., Danvers, Massachusetts


Registration is Open at:


Registration, Continental Breakfast & Exhibits Open at 8:00 AM
Program 8:30 AM ~ 2:00 PM


Keynote Loretta LaRoche
Speaker, Author, Stress Management and Humor Consultant

Closing Speaker Mal Allard
Licensed Nurse, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Consultant
Eight Breakout Sessions & Luncheon


Registration fee includes 3 CEU’s


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1. Boost your visibility!
2. Market your knowledge, goods, services, and company brand.
3. Meet your company’s marketing objectives.
4. Network with Sponsors, Exhibitors, Advertisers, Conference Attendees
5. Meet with current and potential customers.
6. Demonstrate your support and commitment to the provider community and consumers of services.


Register at:


Workshop Descriptions
Session I
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM


1. Adult Family/Foster Care (AFC) Program: Perspectives and Possibilities
Hear stories that illustrate how the Program benefits consumers and caregivers. Learn who is eligible and appropriate for the program, and be able to recognize the limitations and challenges of the AFC program, including a comparison with the Personal Care Attendant (PCA) program.
Presenter: Jeanne Leyden, RN, Director of the Adult Family Care program at Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services.


2. Community-based Driving Discernment, Safety, & Mobility Initiative
Update on a community-based pilot program that speaks to making decisions about driving reduction and cessation, safety, and strengthening mobility options in individual cities and towns.
Presenter: Daniel Collier, Ph.D., Planning Coordinator, Conversations Program, Greater Lynn Senior Services.


3. Timing is Everything: Advanced Planning When Facing a Serious Illness
This workshop will discuss the importance of advanced care planning, and how to maximize the dignity, control and quality of life of the patient, and their family, throughout advanced illness and end of life.
Presenter: Mary Crowe, MSW, LICSW, Education Coordinator, CareDimensions


4. Aging Baby Boomers & Addiction ~ Not yet Confirmed
Aging Boomers tend to differ from their parents, The Greatest Generation, with a more significant history of youthful illicit drug use, decreased stigma, increased access, and the wide range of substances used. This presentation will help to understand these and other differences and how to respond effectively.
Presenter: Susan Hochstedler, RN, Clinical Leader of the DISCOVER Program at Addison Gilbert Hospital.


Session II

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
1. Social Bullying: Assessing and Intervening with Older Adults
Can you differentiate social bullying from other harsh behavior? Learn the common characteristics of bullies and those likely to be targeted, assessment and intervention strategies. Role plays and interactive activities are included.
Presenters: Marsha Frankel, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Director of Senior Services and Ashley Boyd, LCSW, Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston.

2. Retirement Income: Crafting a Solution to Fit YOU
Planning for retirement deals with needs and resources. Know the range of choices within Social Security and Medicare. Consider investment fundamentals such as inflation, retirement savings, longevity trends and potential long-term care expenses and probability. Craft the best plan for YOU.
Presenter: Scott Johnson, Investment Advisor and Co-Owner Retirement-Concepts.


3. Stepping in When Help is Needed: Support for Family Guardians
Through use of a video, a case study will be presented, depicting an elder who is hospitalized, resists rehab placement, and presents challenges to her daughter. Open discussion will occur throughout the showing of the video.
Presenter: John Ford, J.D., Director, Elder Law Project


4. Promoting Wellness through Creative Programming
Art can reduce stress and build self-esteem, while enhancing cognitive abilities and memory. It also stimulates imagination, enhances problem-solving skills, and more! Through case studies and interactive activity, learn the benefits of art and music programming on health and wellness.
Presenter: Christopher Frederick, Activity Specialist, Element Care


The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will host a workshop promoting the wider use and increased accessibility of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Thursday, August 27, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop will be held in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-C305, Washington, DC 20554.


For a detailed agenda, including names of panelists and speakers, visit the below links:

Registration and Attendance: The workshop will be open to the public but will be limited to the seating available. Individuals who wish to preregister may contact John A. Evanoff at or 202-418-0848. Those who pre-register will be asked to provide their name, title, organization affiliation, and contact information. All attendees are advised to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the workshop to allow time to go through our security process.


Webcast: The Commission will provide audio and/or video coverage of the workshop over the Internet from the FCC’s Web page at


Questions: The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. Those following the live stream will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the event via email at Depending on the volume of questions and time constraints, session moderators will work to respond to as many questions as possible during the workshop. Interested parties can also follow the workshop on Twitter at If you wish to send questions to the workshop you can submit them via email: To signify your participation in EAS workshop via Twitter, you can tweet your comment or question and include the hashtag #FCCLive. Then click refresh to view your tweet.

Reasonable Accommodations: Open captioning will be provided for this event. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Requests for such accommodations should be submitted via e-mail to or by calling the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418–0530 (voice), (202) 418–0432 (tty). Such requests should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed. In addition, please include a way the FCC can contact you if it needs more information. Please allow as much advance notice as possible; last-minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill.

For additional information about the meeting, please contact John A. Evanoff, Attorney-Advisor, Policy and Licensing Division, PSHSB at (202) 418-0848 or via e-mail at

Matter of Balance Program at the Lynnfield Council on Aging

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.


Greater Lynn Senior Services In collaboration with the Lynnfield Council on Aging


Classes are held once a week for
8 weeks for 2 hours each.
Lynnfield Council on Aging
525 Salem St
Wednesdays August 12 – September 30
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The program and materials are free


For more information call:
Kelsey Spotts
Greater Lynn Senior Services
781 586 8530


This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls.


-view falls as controllable
-set goals for increasing activity
-make changes to reduce fall risks at home
-exercise to increase strength and balance


-anyone concerned about falls
-anyone interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength
-anyone who has fallen in the past
-anyone who has restricted activities because of falling concerns


A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
This program is based on Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance. Copyright ©1995 Trustees of Boston University. All rights reserved. Used and adapted by permission of Boston University.
A Matter of Balance Lay Leader Model


Recognized for Innovation and Quality in Healthcare and Aging, 2006, American Society on Aging. A Matter of Balance Lay Leader Model was developed by a grant from the Administration on Aging (#90AM2780).