The Springfield Housing Authority includes six developments with 1,337 units that are home to elderly and disabled residents, and services are offered at each location to help residents live independently and stay in good health.
SHA housing developments for elderly and disabled residents are Forest Park Manor, Gentile Apartments, Jennie Lane, Morris Apartments, Riverview Apartments and Tri-Tower Apartments.
All SHA housing for elderly and disabled residents host regular programs aimed at promoting good health, including exercise classes, visits from health professionals, and classes that focus on nutrition and independent living.
In some cases, outside groups or agencies visit to provide services. Some outside providers are the Springfield Department of Elder Affairs, Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts Extension Services, and Peabody Resident Services.
Some developments have programs specific to those locations. For example, Forest Park Manor has weekly walking group, where residents walk through and around the nearby Forest Park in friendship and for good health. At Riverview, several residents have formed a community garden, where they grow and harvest fresh vegetables and herbs.
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