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Celebrating the Independence of Older Adults and Independence Day

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By Nicole Long, CEO of OCES

July is a time to celebrate independence! In addition to celebrating the anniversary of the U.S. Declaration of Independence on July 4th, OCES also celebrates 48 years of supporting the independence and dignity of older adults and individuals with disabilities. We do this through the provision of essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. 

OCES’ programs offer significant life-supporting care, which contributes to an individual’s ability to live within the community as independently as possible for as long as possible while preserving dignity and quality of life. In fact, OCES is the largest provider of in-home and community-based services for older adults and people living with disabilities in the southeastern part of Massachusetts.

Did you know? OCES offers comprehensive care services that help individuals (who may otherwise require nursing facility placement) so they can remain independent at home. Programs include Adult Family Care; Congregate Housing; State Home Care; Personal Care Management; Senior Care Options; Supportive Housing; and Veteran/Self-Directed Home Care.

The Nutrition Department provides vital food services to older adults and people living with disabilities through Home Delivered Meals and Community Dining sites. Many older adults, who are unable to shop for groceries or prepare their own meals, benefit from “Meals on Wheels” which provides a daily meal delivered to their homes. For OCES’ most vulnerable older adults and individuals with disabilities, the delivery is not only a delicious and nutritious meal, it is often the only social contact of the day. A connection to the community through Meals on Wheels serves as a safety check to make sure these individuals are okay.

OCES supports different cultures and their independence. For example, in recognition of Cape Verde Independence Day on July 5, Caribbean meals will be offered as home delivered meals in all of Brockton. Many of our staff members are fluent in several languages, including Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, and Spanish.

OCES aspires to welcome everyone without exception. Whether you are looking for help or are interested in helping others remain independent, we are here to support you! Learn more about us at www.ocesma.org.

About the Author 

Nicole Long is the Chief Executive Officer of Old Colony Elder Services (OCES). Founded in 1974, OCES is a private, non-profit organization proudly serving greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities. OCES is designated as one of 25 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of older adults and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. The agency offers a number of programs to serve older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.