Northern Hilltowns Consortium of Councils on Aging Welcomes Deb Hollingworth

Deb is filling the new position of Regional Community Facilitator. She will help each COA and community develop the next phase of the “Hilltown Strong Communities for Aging in Place” grant initiative from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Deb comes to the position with extensive experience in aging. The best summary of her background and achievements has been noted in the Jim Quinn Human Services Award she received:

Deborah Hollingworth has been saying “how can I help you” for the past 25 years as she answers calls from seniors, their family caregivers and fellow colleagues, connecting them with the resources they need. Deborah is a licensed social worker, has been a SHINE counselor for 20 years, a Certified Information Specialist for almost a decade, but perhaps more importantly, has been a parent caregiver herself. Having been there, done that, makes it easier to help folks dealing with the same issues.

In addition to helping seniors and their families, Deborah has worked as a jobs counselor, provided family support services for Food Pantry clients, and social work for VNAs. She has presented workshops for seniors, health care professionals, family caregivers, college students in a variety of settings including 14 years as a workshop presenter at the WNEU social work conference, guest speaker for Smith College’s school of social work, programs at HCC, AIC, STCC, GCC, Westfield State and Jewish Community Center’s Life Enrichment series, as well as the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and National Agency on Aging conference, as well as a guest on Susan Kaplan’s Water Cooler series on WGBY.

Welcome, Deb!

Our Consortium is lucky to have you with us.