2013 NISC Awards: Simple Solutions Expo
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2013 NISC Awards: Simple Solutions Expo

June 12, 2014

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Simple Solutions Expo



Wayland Council On Aging, Wayland, MA


In April 2013, the Wayland Council on Aging sponsored a “Simple Solutions Expo—Tips, Tools and Strategies for Independent Living." The expo included presentations, vendor exhibits/demonstrations, and free raffles all targeted at “living more comfortably in your own home.” Topics covered included home safety and evaluation, home modification and funding options, in-home services, medical supplies and equipment, transportation, housing, grocery delivery, and meal preparation.

It was held in a time slot (late afternoon/early evening) to attract retired seniors, working seniors, and non-seniors confronted with the challenge of aging issues. Speakers included the executive director of our Area Agency on Aging, an organization expert, and a builder discussing home modification considerations who partnered with a representative from the Massachusetts Rehab Commission to discuss funding options for those modifications. In addition, the Wayland Fire Department discussed lock boxes, smoke detectors, and safe use of generators, and an Occupational Therapist demonstrated useful gadgets that could ease individual challenges when living independently. A breakout presentation was also offered on walk-in bath tubs, stair lifts, and ramps. Transportation was offered to and from the event. Complimentary refreshments were served.

With our mission to educate the community so as to provide seniors and their advocates the tools to make informed decisions, the Simple Solutions event helped us to reach over 200 people. It was extremely well attended. Vendors provided very positive feedback; speakers enjoyed full capacity crowds and remained after to respond to specific questions. We continue to receive feedback from attendees expressing appreciation for the contacts they made and the information received that has helped shape their decisions. The Solutions Series II will return in fall 2014 with a slightly different emphasis, but continuing to promote "living comfortably in your own home."

Number of Staff/Volunteers Required

5 staff, 5 volunteers


Revenue: $0 (neither attendees nor vendors were charged); Expense: $400 venue rental, $100 color coding balloons; Net: $0 (venue rental and service code balloons were fully covered by a grant from the Friends of the Wayland Council On Aging, Inc.)


Julie Secord, Wayland Council On Aging, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA, jsecord@wayland.ma.us 


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