Your involvement is essential to our success! Help HESSCO make a difference for consumers in South Norfolk County. We are a vital link for area elders, individuals living  with a disability and their caregivers in support of safe and independent living at home.



HESSCO provides support for elders and those who care for them. Services include but are not limited to: home care services, caregiver support, nutrition and nutrition counseling, information and referral, money management and more.



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707, 2015

Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Disabilitygov_ADA25Icon1-150x150“Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” by the Team: Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disability Act

107, 2015

Eldercare Q&A August 2015 – How Long is Long Term Care?

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Q&A August 2015 How Long Is Long Term Care v

2206, 2015

Eldercare Q&A July 2015 – Is Massachusetts a Healthy State for Seniors?

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Q&A July 2015 Ranking of Healthiest States

3003, 2015

Eldercare Q&A May, 2015 The Skinny on Eating Fats

By |March 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Q: Is it OK for me to eat some fat, what kind, and how much?

A: Yes, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) says it’s fine to eat some fats. But it’s recommended that you try to reduce your intake of solid fats, and instead use liquid oils, such as olive oil and canola oil, where possible.

Although fats generally have a bad reputation, your body actually needs some fats—for energy, for healthy organs, skin, and hair. Fats also help your body absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K. Fats also provide you with essential fatty acids, which your body can’t make on its own.

But certain fats can create problems. Fat contains more than twice as many calories as protein or carbohydrates. Eating too many high-fat foods will add excess calories—which leads to weight gain—and excess weight increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems.

Not all fats are created equal. Some fats are healthier than others. Whenever possible, use products with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. “Better fats” include vegetable oils that are plant-based, such as soybean, corn, canola, olive, safflower, and sunflower oils. Oils are just fats that are liquid at room temperature, like the vegetable oils used in cooking.

You can also find polyunsaturated fat in nuts, seeds, and fish. Walnuts, flaxseed and salmon are examples of foods with polyunsaturated fat. The target is to limit total fats to no more than 35% of your daily calories. For instance, if you eat and drink 2,000 calories daily, no more than 700 of your calories should be from fats.

As for “bad fats,” you should limit the amount of saturated fats and trans fats you consume. Both of these fats can put you at greater risk for heart disease. You can read the “Nutrition Facts” label on most packaged food to see the amount and types of fat contained in a single serving.

The Nutrition Label also will list the number of calories from fat in a serving of packaged foods. For example, a quarter cup serving of whole almonds contains 15 grams of fat, including 1 gram of saturated fat. On the Nutrition Label is a “% of Daily Value” column, which is based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet. This diet recommends a daily intake of less than 65 grams of fat, of which less than 20 grams should be from saturated fat. The label says one-quarter cup of almonds has 1 gram of saturated fat, which is 5% of the 20 grams of saturated fat recommended daily. One tablespoon of olive oil has 2 grams of saturated fat, twice the saturated fat found in one tablespoon of canola oil. One cup of whole milk has 5 grams of saturated fat.

The Food & Drug Administration is currently updating the Nutrition Facts label. The “calories from fat” listing will no longer be found on the label.  “We know that the type of fat is more important than the total amount of fat,” an FDA spokesman said. “Total, saturated and trans fat will still be required.” For people with cardiovascular issues, foods lower in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol and sodium are best.

Saturated fats are found in red meat, milk products including butter, and palm and coconut oils. Common sources of saturated fat in meals include regular cheese, pizza, grain-based desserts like cookies, cakes, and donuts, and dairy desserts, such as ice cream. Guidelines suggest consuming less than 10% of calories from saturated fats.

It’s best to eat a mix of nutrient-dense foods every day. Nutrient-dense foods are foods that have a lot of nutrients but relatively few calories. Choose foods that contain vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats. At the same time, try to avoid “empty calories” — foods and drinks that are high in calories but provide few or no nutrients.

Whatever your age, you can start making positive lifestyle changes today. Eating well can help you stay healthy and independent — and look and feel good — in the years to come.

For more tips about healthy eating as you get older, go to the NIH SeniorHealth website:



1303, 2015

Tomorrow is Race Day!

By |March 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mick Morgan's Race Flag

Tomorrow is the day! Thank you for the tremendous community support we have received to make this year’s 4th Annual Mick Morgan’s 5K to benefit HESSCO a success! We expect close to 600 runners despite whatever the weather has in store for tomorrow.  Come out and cheer for your friends and thank you for supporting the race and HESSCO services for seniors, individuals living with disabilities and their caregivers!

603, 2015

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Workshop

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Information, Resources, Help…

Are you (or someone you know) a grandparent raising grandchildren?


THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015 ~ 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lunch included, courtesy of Roche Bros.


Panel Discussion including representatives from Metro West

Legal Services, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of MA, and the Department of Transitional Assistance


Question and answer session following presentation


Place:   Sharon Adult Center, Sharon Community Center

219 Massapoag Avenue, Sharon

781-784-8000 or email us at:



This program is free; RSVP required* by March 11.

Call the Adult Center ~ 781-784-8000.

If you need a ride let us know when you RSVP.

*Calls will be accepted after the deadline for seating only

2601, 2015

HESSCO Calendar

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2301, 2015

Start Training for Mick Morgan’s Annual St. Patrick’s 5K to Benefit HESSCO

By |January 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It may not be snowing yet, but it’s officially winter. Don’t let the change of seasons get in the way of your outside running. Follow these helpful tips to keep up with your training throughout the winter, and just think about how ready you will be to take on the 4th Annual Mick Morgan’s St. Patrick’s 5K on March 14th!!!

Register today!

Tips for Running Outside During Winter
Deal with the major setbacks runners experience during the colder months with these essential gear, terrain and safety tips.

2201, 2014

Caregiver 101

By |January 22nd, 2014|Health|0 Comments

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Posted by Kristin Heuwold

Caregiver 101 HESSCO Workshop

“Caregiver 101” provides information on community resources, support and respite services for elders and their family caregivers. Participants will receive materials to create a caregiver notebook and will learn successful strategies for managing elder care planning and family decision making. This training is not for professionals.

Sessions are held monthly in the HESSCO large conference room. HESSCO’s offices are located on One Merchant Street in Sharon about 2 miles north of Gillette Stadium on the corner of US Route 1 North. Every other month, the training will be held from 10 to 11:30, in between it takes place from 4:30 to 6pm.

To register call Kristin Heuwold, Family Caregiver Specialist, at 781-784-4944 Ext. 238 or email

This program is funded by a Title IIIE grant of the Older Americans Act through HESSCO. The educational offering is free although donations are greatly appreciated.

The HESSCO Family Caregiver Support Program is an initiative of the National Family Caregiver Support Program with support from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.