Susan Becker

Donna Covelle (left), Healthy Aging Program Coordinator at Mystic Valley Elder Services, congratulates Susan Becker for winning the Outstanding Leader Award.

MALDEN — Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES) Healthy Aging Program Group leader Susan Becker of Winchester recently won the Outstanding Leader Award. The Outstanding Leader Award recognizes the dedication and passion of the leaders who positively impact the lives of thousands of adults every year through the Healthy Aging evidence-based programming.

Becker has been a volunteer leader with MVES since 2013. She has taught over 65 Tai Chi (eight week) classes, 12 Matter of Balance programs, five Chronic Disease Self-Management programs and three Healthy Eating workshops and has helped to run a Healthy Eating control group this past summer 2019.

She was MVES’ first Tai Chi leader and has grown the Tai Chi program by recruiting other Tai Chi leaders and helping them manage their classes. The participants love Susan and her class retention rate is extremely high. Through word of mouth, the demand for Becker’s Tai Chi classes has expanded and there is always a waitlist to take her class.

Stoneham couple Eddie and Pauline have taken Tai Chi classes at the Stoneham Senior Center. One of the reasons the couple continues to take the course is because of their class leader, Becker.

“Susan is a people person,” said Pauline. “She is very personable and a great leader. She explains the process making sure all of us understand it and will work with you until you have the movement down.”

Both agree that having Becker lead their class really adds to the sessions.

“She’s an excellent teacher,” said Eddie. “She goes over the actions until we have retained what we have learned.”

“Mystic Valley would not be able to run as many programs as we do without Susan,” said Donna Covelle, Healthy Aging Program Coordinator with Mystic Valley Elder Services. “She is always willing to help out and improve the programs in any way that she can.”

Mystic Valley Elder Services is seeking Healthy Aging Program Group leader volunteers like Becker to help advance the mission of its Healthy Aging Program by assisting people with chronic medical conditions to manage their medical problems and disabilities by leading the workshops that support, educate, and nurture a greater control over their lives. Group leaders receive a $300 stipend for facilitating a Healthy Aging Program workshop(s) and will also receive training.

For more information on Mystic Valley Elder Services’ Healthy Aging Programs or how to become a group leader, please contact Donna Covelle at (781) 388-4867 ordcovelle@mves.org.

About Mystic Valley Elder Services

Located in Malden, Mass., Mystic Valley Elder Services is a non-profit agency that provides essential home- and community-based care and resources to elders, adults living with disabilities, and caregivers who reside in Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield and Winthrop. Agency services include coordination of home care, transportation, Meals on Wheels, and information and referrals. For more information, please call (781) 324-7705 or visit www.mves.org

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