James (Jim) White, Jr. is being honored for his leadership in launching the MetroWest Tobacco Control Program - a nine-town consortium that has
helped align tobacco regulations and control measures across multiple jurisdiction. Through Jim' work, the MetroWest area leads the state in communities adopting 21 as the minimum purchase age for tobacco products.
About the MetroWest Health Foundation: The MetroWest Health Foundation is a catalyst for a healthy MetroWest, providing more than 5 million in annual
financial support for preventative and responsive health programs. Through its work on issues such as adolescent health, healthy aging and access to care, the foundation seeks to develop and support programs that have a positive impact on the health of the 25 communities in the MetroWest area of Massachusetts. To date, the foundation has provided more than 56 million in financial support that helps residents and their families lead healthier lives.
On Wednesday, May 23 at 7PM at the Morse Institute Library, the MBTA will hold the first public meeting for the Natick Center MBTA Station
Accessibility Improvement Project. This meeting will include a presentation on the new station prior to submission of the 30 design in June. The MBTA and AECOM, the project design firm, will present, answer questions and take public comment. Materials will be available for viewing after 6pm in the Lebowitz Room on the lower level. A formal announcement from the MBTA will be available in the coming weeks, including contact information for individuals who need accessibility accommodations for this meeting. This meeting will also be televised on Natick Pegasus.
Beginning April 23rd 2018, the Department of Public Works Water Division will be begin the annual Spring Water Main and Hydrant Flushing Program
throughout Town. This work will be conducted Sunday through Thursday nights during the months of April, May and June. The Department appreciates your patience with this necessary maintenance activity. Water main flushing improves water quality, ensures proper fire hydrant operation, and prolongs the life of the Town s water infrastructure. We attempt to schedule and conduct flushing in a manner that minimizes customer disruptions. However the flushing may cause some discoloration/sediment in your water. If this occurs please run your cold water faucet (preferably tub or outside spigot) until the water runs clear.
These are not life-threatening conditions, yet they present challenges that older adults need to confront each day. More concerning, if older adults
do not adapt their living environment to the needs of their changing bodies, they are more likely to have accidents. A sudden fall may jeopardize the high quality-of-life most people desire for their years in retirement. Falls account for 80 of disability (excluding
Fortunately, there is a solution. With a little planning, you can adapt your home for your needs. You should start with an assessment of how well
your home can be adapted to your changing needs. To help you make this assessment, we have partnered with architect Deborah Pierce, AIA, CAPS, Principal of Pierce Lamb Architects and author of The Accessible Home from Taunton Press.
Deborah is a renowned expert in the specialized field of Universal Design. She has worked with us at Fiorente Media to put together this very
practical guide to help you evaluate your home for your changing needs. In the following pages, Deborah has broken down the home into different functional areas and listed key adaptations for each area. You will be able to calculate a score for each functional area in your home and then prioritize areas that may need to be adapted.
At Fiorente Media, we are using the power of media to improve your health and the health of your loved ones. If this guide helps you anticipate and
plan changes to your home that reduce the risk of injury and improve the quality of your life as you age, then we will have fulfilled our mission.
Our physical health is inextricably tied to Place. So it s no surprise that so many injuries occur in the home. Slippery floors and raised thresholds
make falls unavoidable, as do showers without grab- bars and stairs without handrails. High bathroom humidity levels foster mildew growth and a host of breathing problems. Most people see a doctor when injury and illness occur. But with a house-call from an accessibility expert, you can avoid the pain, expense, and inconvenience of medical treatment.
The US Census predicts that, by year 2035, there will be more people over-65 than under-15 in this country. The impact of this
prediction is staggering This means fewer caregivers for a larger elderly population. Prolonging independence is not an option it s a necessity
There s no time like the present to begin planning for an age-friendly home After many years in one place, though, change can be daunting. We hear
about remodeling projects run amuck endless construction and runaway budgets. We wonder if the effort and disruption is justified. The answer is a resounding yes Renovation increases property value, accessible homes widen the pool of prospective buyers, and a happier you is priceless.
The design process begins with an inventory of your home. For a week, keep
a list of what you like, what s a problem, what s broken, and what could be improved upon. Having a clear description of your needs puts you squarely
on track to getting them met. The next step is to seek out solutions. That s where this Resource Guide comes in. In reading through the pages that follow and doing the exercises, you ll develop a prioritized list of the activity centers that could use some improvement. With a clear set of goals, you ll be ready to put your project in motion and find the helpers who can make your dreams a reality. Relax and embrace the challenge of transforming your home. You ll be rewarded with a home that reflects who you are and all you can be. Enjoy
Architect Deborah Pierce, AIA, CAPS Principal Pierce Lamb Architects, Newton, MA
ARRIVING HOME Take a moment to stand in front of your home and try to imagine yourself as an older adult walking through the door. Imagine you have
more difficulty moving, you are using a walker, your eyesight is poor. Your hands are stiff and your grip weak. How will these changes in your body affect the experience of arriving home? Consider these questions.
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BATHING AND TOILETING SAFETY FIRST
BATHING AND SHOWERING Think about replacing your bathtub with a zero-threshold shower stall with solidly anchored grab bars. Add a shelf to move
shampoo and other items off the floor. Install a handheld shower-head with a separate temperature mixing valve. Add a shower chair or bench. Two things to consider about tub conversions: (a) older adults find it difficult to get in and out of a low tub and (b) walk in tubs with a raised seat are an option, but you may feel cold waiting for the tub to fill or drain before you can open the door.
TOILETING Toilets should be 18 inches from the wall accessible from the front and side. Consider a tankless toilet, which saves space and can be set
to the perfect height for you. If not using a tankless toilet, purchase a comfort height toilet 17-19 inches high. A washlet or bidet is very
convenient for hygiene. Have storage near toilet for wipes, extra toilet paper, catheters or other medical products.
HAND WASHING/DENTAL HYGIENE Consider a wall-hung sink and set at a height where the sink can be used comfortably from a sitting position. The sink
should be shallow and the sink rim should be low-profile. Countertop edges should be rounded without any sharp corners. Use a lever-type faucet mounted to the side rather than the back of the sink. The mirror should be usable from a seated position.
SAFETY Make sure you have good lighting. Porcelain or smaller tiles and larger grout lines make for a better slip-resistant surface. Resilient
flooring may be cheaper than tile and can be made of non-slip materials.