Working Together to Foster Communities of Care

By Michelle Holmberg

Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. (CESI) empowers seniors and adults with medical or cognitive disabilities to age-in-place by serving their health and socialization needs and providing support for families. As a community-based nonprofit, we develop our own strategies for obtaining funding, abiding by regulations and navigating unfunded mandates but we know others are also faced with these common issues.

Our session at the 2019 Aging in America Conference titled Complementing, Not Competing: Local Services Working Together to Foster Communities of Care focuses on how community-based organizations can collaborate, share best practices and promote each other to help those in our communities find and access the valuable resources they need.

We developed the session based on our experiences trying to find creative solutions to navigate unfunded mandates and wondering how other adult day health programs tackle these issues. We’ll give you insight into how we approached this issue as well as how to reframe your own challenges into opportunities.

The interactive session will explore topics including fundraising, identifying and establishing local promotion partners, social media and more. We’ll break into  groups to share successes and struggles in navigating these common industry issues.

We believe that meeting and engaging with other Adult Day Health providers will allow us to build a supportive community that fosters the sharing of best practices, how to combat common challenges and advance the work we do within our communities.

We hope to see you at our session on Tuesday, April 16 from 1:00- 2:00 pm. If you’d like to connect before the conference, please contact me directly at We would also value the opportunity to meet with other ADH providers at another convenient time during the conference, if our session will not work with your schedule. We look forward to meeting you.

Michelle Holmberg, MA, is Director of Services at Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. in Concord, Massachusetts.