Cape Abilities Healthy Aging Initiative

Filed in Blog, Community Partners, Events, Life Skills, Residential, Vocational by on September 7, 2017

n response to the increasing number of aging individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have a high probability of being impacted by the early onset of dementia and/or other complex age-related health and medical issues, Cape Abilities, through a generous grant from the Cape and Islands United Way, has launched a Healthy Aging Initiative.

Supports provided through this initiative will supplement current services in both the Life Skills Day Habilitation and Residential programs and provide resources for family members and other caregivers who support these individuals as they age.

As part of this initiative, a series of training sessions are being offered.
These are open to families, caregivers and other community members
who have an interest in learning about supports for this population.

For more information, please contact Michelle Savini, RN
at or 508-778-5040


Cape Abilities Park Center office
100 Independence Drive, Hyannis


“Enhancing Mobility Issues in Aging Individuals
Monday, April 16, 2018
2:00 – 3:30 pm

Julie Edwards PT, DPT will discuss home exercises and alternative activities that will improve balance and mobility issues enabling aging individuals to remain active.

Julie has been a Physical Therapist since 2000. Julie received her Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy in January 2009 from Boston University.  She has worked for the Nauset Public Schools since September 2006. She enjoys working with children of all ages with all different abilities to assist them in achieving their maximal potential and be successful in school and out in the community.  During the fall of 2013, Julie established the TOPS soccer program (Dennis Yarmouth area) for children with disabilities. This program is open to children in the Nauset Public School system.

“Maximizing Independence in Aging Individuals
Monday, April 16, 2018 
2:00 – 3:30 pm

Daria Rice OTR/L will present an overview of helping aging individuals enhance their independence with adl’s through the use of adaptive equipment and cognitive compensatory strategies.

Daria has been an occupational therapist since 1996 and has worked for Nauset Public Schools since September 2005.  Prior to working in the Nauset District, she worked in school systems in Rhode Island, in addition to working with adults with neurological disabilities in a hospital setting.  Daria specializes in life skill development for children in the middle and high school and also provides consultative services to agencies providing day habilitation and residential programs for adults with developmental disabilities. She has a strong background and interest in transition planning and supporting her students transition from the school setting to adult life in the community.


Cape Abilities Lyndon Center office
895 Mary Dunn Road, Hyannis

“Grief Support
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
3:00 – 4:30 pm

Diane Lambert, Grief Support Manager from Hope Health will be speaking about general grief support with a focus on self care for your staff.


 Training is limited to the first 50 people. Please RSVP to Carol Gorman at  or at 508.778.5040 ext. 804



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