Salem for All Ages and the Massachusetts AARP will hold a free Home Fit seminar on Tuesday, December 3rd at 10:00 a.m. at the Mayor Jean Levesque Community Life Center at 401 Bridge Street in Salem. Based on the AARP’s popular Home Fit Guide, the presentation will offer smart solutions for making your home comfortable, safe, and a great fit for you.
This free presentation, in conjunction with the Home Fit Guide, will offer room-by-room solutions that range from simple do-it-yourself fixes to larger improvements that are more involved and require skilled expertise, but are well worth the expense. The presentation will be led by Andrea Cordis of the occupational therapy program at Bay Path University and Cody Lukasik, Rehab Director for AdviniaCare in Salem.
Andrea Cordis has been an occupational therapy assistant for over fifteen years. In that time, she has worked in skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehab, home health care, community-based and inpatient mental health and now works with occupational therapy students at Bay Path University. She has been a volunteer for AARP since 2015, presenting Home Fit throughout the state. Andrea is also involved in the Car Fit program through AARP, AAA and AOTA. She is a Car Fit Instructor and the MA State Coordinator for Car Fit.
Cody Lukasik has been an Occupational Therapist since September of 2017. In that time, he has worked full time at two different facilities, with a recent promotion to Rehab Director in April of 2019 at AdviniaCare at Salem. In supplementation to full time work, Cody serves over eight different skilled nursing facilities in the Greater Boston and North Shore region for per diem assistance on weekends and weeknights. He received his Bachelor's degree from Westfield State University with a degree in Movement Science Sports Medicine and recently concluded a six year enlistment with the Air Force Reserves.
The vast majority of people age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and in their community for as long as possible. When the Salem for All Ages action plan was developed in 2016, a survey of Salem seniors found that 91% said it was important to them to be able to remain in Salem and 98% said it was important to them to be able to live independently in their own home. The AARP Home Fit Guide and this seminar were developed to help people stay in the homes they love by turning where they live into a “lifelong home,” suitable for themselves and anyone else in their household.