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Come join the
Age- and Dementia Friendly MA movement! 

Making communities more welcoming and livable  

Being part of an age- and dementia friendly or livable community means ensuring adults & families can access key services, quality health care, affordable housing options, reliable transportation, and have open spaces to gather together.  For adults 50 & older, it also means being able to live as independently as possible, and work and volunteer in their community.

Age- and Dementia Friendly Massachusetts is a powerful movement, coordinated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Over 200 cities and towns are exploring ways to take part. Honoring Choices Partners & Ambassadors are actively contributing to the movement. Our NEW Age-and Dementia Friendly MA web page brings together the work of key leaders and community groups, and provides information, tools and events such as:

Come join the movement!  

Welcome Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley as a Community Partner!

 110 staff become Health Care Planning Ambassadors   

Serving 23 cities and towns, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley (ESMV) enables individuals to maintain their independence and promote good health and wellbeing.  Each day over 8,000 elders within the Merrimack Valley receive services or support in coordination with their programs to remain living safely and securely in the community.  To kick-off our partnership, over 110 ESMV staff enhanced their knowledge and skills as Health Care Planning Ambassadors, to confidently help adults complete a MA Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive. Thanks to Marie D. Kissel, Home Care Director, for bringing us together. We are delighted to support ESMV's  outstanding work!


Harvard Pilgrim Health Care awards Honoring Choices a 2019 Quality Grant

Multi-lingual health care planning documents for equitable care

Accessing up-to-date health care planning information and documents that are culturally and linguistically  appropriate is key to addressing health inequities and matching care to a person's values, goals & choices. With a generous grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care,  Honoring Choices will translate health care information and planning documents for more effective consumer-care provider conversations, helping thousands of adults & families to make a personal health care plan and receive quality person-directed care. The grant supports the New England Healthy Living Collective, providing multi-lingual state-specific documents in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine. Many thanks to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, an Honoring Choices Alliance Partner, and Patricia L.Toro, MD, MPH, Associate Medical Director, Erin Athens, MBA, Strategic Business Lead Health Services and Vicki Bailey, BSN, RN, CCM Manager Care and Disease Management.

READ MORE: New England Healthy Living Collective here  >

Heart of Hospice Award

Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of MA  2019 Recipient 

"I am deeply honored to receive the 2019 Heart of Hospice Award", says Ellen DiPaola, Esq., President & CEO of Honoring Choices, "and so grateful to be collaborating with this remarkable organization and their committed care providers." 

This year, the Heart of Hospice Award was presented to Ellen DiPaola by Deborah Dolaway, President, HPCFM Board of Directors. “Ellen is a champion for HPCFM and its mission; it really is at the heart of the her work,” said Ms. Dolaway.  Honoring Choices has provided “countless opportunities for education and training to members of the Federation, and supportive efforts to our members. For this and in so many ways, Ellen embraces and promotes the mission to advance excellence in end-of-life care.”  

On a  personal note: My sincerest thanks to the Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of MA  Board of Directors for this tremendous honor. I am particular grateful to Christine McMichael, Executive Director, for her creative vision, leadership and continued support of our shared mission. - Ellen

Honoring Choices Massachusetts is a consumer focused, non-profit organization that informs, empowers and helps adults and families to make a health care plan and connect to person-directed care all through their lives. Visit us at

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