As we all know, May is Older Americans Month, and it is also Mental Health Month. Both are so incredibly important, especially now in the midst of this pandemic that is having such an overwhelming impact on older adults and all those who are working so tirelessly to help them, and that includes you. Over the last few weeks MCOA has heard from many of you about the challenges you faced, and how you have worked non-stop to meet the needs of those you are serving. It is in these times that we must all also ensure we take of ourselves.

With the support of William James College, Katherine King, PsyD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, at William James College, will be leading a series of FREE, 30-min sessions to support self-care and help with grief among workers in the field of aging. Please see the descriptions and registration info below, and please take care of yourselves, your older adults and your communities need you!

Mental Wellness for Workers in Aging Services

The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on older adults brings with it a high impact on those who serve them. This session is for anyone working in the field of aging who would like additional support and training to buoy their well-being during this challenging time. This includes nurses, social workers, case managers, activities professional, home health aides, and more. Over the course of these sessions, we will:

  • Discuss burnout prevention, compassion fatigue, and self-care
  • Get help with managing stress during even the hardest times
  • Discuss grief and learn new ways to help cope with our losses
  • Engage in brief guided relaxation and contemplation practices to restore energy and a sense of purpose

DATES: Attend as many or as few sessions as you would like. Register just once and you will receive Zoom links to all sessions.

  • 3 Tuesdays, 6-6:30pm Eastern Time (May 12, 19, and 26)
  • 3 Thursdays, 11-11:30am Eastern Time (May 14, 21, and 28)

REGISTRATION: Please register to receive Zoom links:


The Wisdom of Grief for Workers in Aging Services

Many of us enter the field of aging prepared to handle the loss of clients, but the sheer volume of people who are dying in the COVID-19 crisis, and the traumatic nature of many of these losses, runs the risk of overwhelming even our strongest coping skills. This session is for anyone working in the field of aging who is seeking mutual support and guidance to aid them in coping with their losses. This includes nurses, social workers, case managers, activities professional, home health aides, and more. This workshop will:

  • Discuss types of grief and learn your own style of coping
  • Provide tools and ideas to help you handle your losses
  • Create time and shared space to honor the lives of those no longer with us

DATE: Thursday, May 28, 2020, 7-7:45pm Eastern Time

REGISTRATION: Please register to receive Zoom link:

On a final note as we observe Older Americans Month and its theme for 2020, “Make Your Mark“, we are mindful of the tremendous ‘Mark’ that you all are making in the midst of this crisis with the essential services you continue to provide to the older adults in your communities.

Please continue to let us know how we can support you in your work.

Stay safe and be well.

The MCOA Team


David Stevens: 413-527-6425,
Betsy Connell: 617-816-1338,
Kathy Bowler: 413-271-4633,
Kelly Burke: 413-923-1972,
Susan Carp: 617-775-0116,
Shari Cox: 413-527-6425,
Tara Hammes: 413-923-2160,
Susan McNulty: 413-527-6425,
Patty Sullivan 617-470-9689,
Lynn Wolf: 413-527-6425,

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Massachusetts Councils
on Aging

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