New senior health center serves 125 Amory housing

June 7, 2013
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(Courtesy Photo) Mary Carroll, a 125 Amory St. resident, cuts the ribbon on the new PACE Adult Day Health Center at 125A Amory on June 1. Joining her were (from left) Upham’s Corner Health Center CEO Edward Grimes; Dr. Adam Burrows of Upham’s Elder Service Plan; PACE Site Director Jay Trivedi; Upham’s board president Margaret Wirth; and Boston Housing Authority Administrator Bill McGonagle.

(Courtesy Photo) Mary Carroll, a 125 Amory St. resident, cuts the ribbon on the new PACE Adult Day Health Center at 125A Amory on June 1. Joining her were (from left) Upham’s Corner Health Center CEO Edward Grimes; Dr. Adam Burrows of Upham’s Elder Service Plan; PACE Site Director Jay Trivedi; Upham’s board president Margaret Wirth; and Boston Housing Authority Administrator Bill McGonagle.

EGLESTON SQ.—A new senior health care center opened last week in the 125 Amory St. public housing complex and will complement 12 new affordable apartments being added in the main building.

The new PACE Adult Day Health Center at 125A Amory St. had its ribbon-cutting June 1. It is a collaboration between Dorchester’s Upham’s Corner Health Center and the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) that is intended to allow residents to age in their homes rather than moving into a nursing facility. PACE, or the Program of All-Inclusive Care for Elders, is a national initiative providing care for people ages 55 and older with ongoing medical needs.

The main 125 Amory building is BHA housing for seniors and adults with disabilities. Twelve new apartments for frail seniors and older adults with disabilities are in the process of being added to that building, with the idea of the residents being served by the PACE Center, according to BHA spokesperson Lydia Agro.

The health center and new apartments are part of a renovation of a building formerly occupied by the nonprofit Oficina Hispana, made possible by $4 million in federal stimulus funds, according to Agro. The new apartments at 125 Amory are going in a space formerly used as BHA offices, which have moved to the second floor of 125A Amory.

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