Healthy Aging Group Leader

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ORGANIZATION: Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc.

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About the Healthy Aging Program at Mystic Valley Elder Services

Healthy eating. Stress reduction. Fall prevention. These issues all affect older adults, yet many do not know where to turn for resources to help them address these challenges effectively. Enter the Healthy Aging Program at Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES), a comprehensive program of evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion workshops designed to improve health and well-being, reduce disease and injury, support healthy living, and promote healthy choices to help seniors remain healthy and independent.

Healthy Aging workshop offerings may include:

  • A Matter of Balance
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management
  • Better Choices, Better Health (the online version of Chronic Disease Self-Management)
  • Chronic Pain Self-Management
  • Healthy Eating
  • Tools for Caregivers
  • Tai Chi

Healthy Aging workshops are facilitated by volunteers known as Healthy Aging Group Leaders.

Healthy Aging Group Leader Requirements:

  • Must be age 18+
  • Must reside in Massachusetts during the volunteer experience and be able to travel to assigned volunteer location(s) within the MVES service area, including Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield, and Winthrop
  • Experience and/or interest in working with older adults
  • Ability to carry up to 10 lbs. and operate audiovisual equipment (e.g., TV, VCR, DVD player)
  • Comfortable teaching and facilitating group discussion and role play
  • Demonstrates respect for diversity among group participants
  • Models positive health behaviors for participants
  • Encourages interactive discussion about concepts and skills presented
  • Encourages socializing, idea sharing, and problem-solving among the participants
  • Maintains confidentiality with participants’ communications
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to learn and support the principles and protocols of evidence-based programs

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About Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc.

Location:

300 Commercial St, #19, Malden, MA 02148, US

Mission Statement

Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) is a non-profit agency that provides essential home- and community-based care and resources such as assistance with personal care, household chores, meals, and transportation to more than 20,000 older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers living in 11 communities north of Boston. The communities include Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield and Winthrop.] The MVES Volunteer Program has the dual mission of engaging people in volunteer service to meet critical community needs while providing a high quality experience that will enrich their lives also.

Description

MVES is a nonprofit organization that since 1975 has acted as an entry point through which elders, families, caregivers, and health care professionals can access a wide variety of programs, services, and supports. MVES is one of the largest in a network of 25 similar aging services organizations in Massachusetts. MVES promotes safe, independence for elders and adults living with disabilities in eleven cities and towns north of Boston.

CAUSE AREAS

Health & Medicine
People with Disabilities
Seniors
Health & Medicine, People with Disabilities, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Malden & Surrounding CommunitiesMalden, MA 02148

(42.43261,-71.05572)
 

SKILLS

  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Elder care
  • Audio-Visual
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Lead two classes per year (each class is 1-2.5 hours and meets once per week for 6-8 weeks)
  • • Commitment to confidentiality • Commitment to serving people in need • Compassionate, friendly, and understanding nature • Strong communication and interpersonal skills • Reliability a must!

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