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, is launching 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 will be offered.
The first two are listed below.
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.


September Trainings

Environmental Strategies in the Home Setting
Friday, September 15, 2017
1:00 -2:30 pm
Cape Abilities Park Center office, 100 Independence Drive, Hyannis

Daria Rice (OTR/L) and Julie Edwards (PT, DPT) will focus on environmental strategies for the home setting that will ensure safety and increase independence.

Daria Rice MS, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 1996 and has worked for Nauset Public Schools since September 2005.  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.

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

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


October Trainings

Memory Care for Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
Thursday, October 12, 2017
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Cape Abilities Park Center office, 100 Independence Drive, Hyannis

Meg Loughran (MA CCC-SLP) will cover memory care for individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities.  This will include ways to keep individuals engaged and communicative and strategies for word retrieval.

Meg Loughran, MA CCC-SLP has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for the past 43 years, and is employed on a per diem basis by Cape Abilities.  Meg holds a Master of Arts degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Nebraska, and a national Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA). In addition, she has accumulated 60 hours of additional credits in psychology, education, and social work. Meg’s workplace experience includes public school settings, rehabilitation facilities, and day habilitation for people with developmental disabilities, autism, and varying exceptionalities. 

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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