Mystic Valley Elder Services toasts to the new Elizabeth E. Boit Fund for Older Wakefield Residents

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CAPTION: Patrick Curley, elder law attorney, and Ann Doherty, Mystic Valley Elder Services board member, both of Wakefield, and Dan O’Leary, Mystic Valley Elder Services executive director, of Melrose.

(Republished courtesy of Mystic Valley Elder Services)

WAKEFIELD: – Dozens of Wakefield residents and community leaders joined Mystic Valley Elder Services and former Boit Home board members on October 3, 2013 at the Americal Civic Center for a wine tasting and information session.

Mystic Valley Elder Services hosted the event to raise awareness of the new Elizabeth E. Boit Fund, which is managed by the community agency and available exclusively to Wakefield seniors.  Following the sale of the Boit Home retirement home, the former Boit Home Board of Directors gifted Mystic Valley Elder Services $425,000 to establish the Boit Fund. The Board gifted the balance of the proceeds to the agency’s Gap Endowment, a source of assistance for low-income elders in the Mystic Valley region.

The Elizabeth E. Boit Fund is now available to older residents of Wakefield (60+) with limited options, who need one-time assistance managing expenses. The Boit Fund has already helped Wakefield seniors cover medical devices such as hearing aids, health costs such as dental work, and home modifications, such as repairing a wheelchair ramp or entryway stairs.

“When Wakefield seniors apply for help from the Boit Fund, we view their life circumstances as a whole and always take the time to visit them at home,” said Dan O’Leary, executive director of Mystic Valley Elder Services. “Often, applicants are eligible for other services that will ease their burden and support their independence, such as home care or Meals on Wheels. We want to ensure that every senior in Wakefield receives the social services and community support that he or she may need.”

“One-on-one attention is standard operating procedure at Mystic Valley Elder Services, and that’s why our board knew we could place our confidence in this community resource,” said Patrick Curley, an elder law attorney and former Boit Home board president. “Mystic Valley’s commitment to both individual need and collaboration made them an easy choice to administer the new Elizabeth E. Boit Fund.”

Seniors may apply for assistance by calling Mystic Valley Elder Services at 781-324-7705. Seniors do not need to have a preexisting relationship with Mystic Valley Elder Services in order to apply.

Caporale’s Liquors of Wakefield donated wine tasting services to the event, and The Savings Bank provided door prizes which were awarded to two participants.

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Mystic Valley Elder Services partners with older adults, adults living with disabilities, and caregivers to provide critical, life-supporting care and services. For more information, visit www.mves.org or call 781-324-7705.

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