Glenmeadow to Offer Presentation on Hearing Loss and its Causes

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Speaker from the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

LONGMEADOW— A representative from the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will offer a free presentation on hearing loss on Monday, April 29 at 1 p.m. at Glenmeadow.

Jonathan O’Dell, an assistive technology training specialist, will discuss hearing loss and its causes, what is available to assist those who are affected and what services and protections exist under the law.

The program is open to all; to register, please contact Julie Jediny at or 413.355.5972.

O’Dell’s interest with assistive technology and reasonable accommodations comes from decades of personal and professional experience in expanding his and others’ horizons and opportunities.

“For tools to be of use, one has to know that they exist and when and how to implement the tools best suited for the particular issue at hand,” he said. “With my knowledge, I am able to offer the appropriate technological and programmatic solutions to enable individuals to be successfully integrated into most any environment and reach their full potential.”

O’Dell holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard University Division of Continuing Education.

Established in 1884, Glenmeadow is a nonprofit, accredited life plan community; it provides independent and assisted living at its campus at 24 Tabor Crossing in Longmeadow and expanded Glenmeadow at Home services throughout greater Springfield.  

Glenmeadow has a mission to support seniors that live on its campus and in the community in Greater Springfield.

To learn more about Glenmeadow and its history and offerings, visit

About Glenmeadow

In the 1800s, elderly individuals without family or means were sent to live at what was called “the poor farm.”  In 1884, a group of civic leaders raised funds among themselves and other area families and purchased a house on Main Street in Springfield’s south end, establishing The Springfield Home for Aged Women. Quickly outgrowing that house, land was purchased on the corner of Chestnut and Carew streets, where a new home was constructed and opened in 1900.  In 1960, the name was changed to Chestnut Knoll, and, in 1992, it began to admit men.

In 1993, the organization purchased a 23-acre parcel in Longmeadow to build a new community that would provide both independent living and assisted living in one building with various common areas.  This was a new concept known as a continuing care retirement community. Existing residents from the old Chestnut Knoll property were moved to the new campus in 1997. Shortly after the move, the board voted to change its legal name to Glenmeadow to coincide with the name being used by the developer of the property.

Continuing care retirement communities are now referred to as life plan communities, responding to the needs of the aging population with new opportunities for care, plus creative, educational and personal exploration. Glenmeadow offerings, which include everything from senior living options and handyman services to personal care and travel programs, are provided at its Longmeadow campus and across the region through Glenmeadow at Home. Glenmeadow strives to fulfill its mission of nurturing the whole person in mind, body and spirit.

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