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Annual Report 2020

We are taking time to reflect on the past year and look ahead at what comes next. ESMV-NS found 2020 to be a taxing but transformative year for our agency. The COVID-19 pandemic presented an unexpected challenge, but we rallied

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A Caregiver’s Journey: Roland’s Story

For Roland G. of Andover, the respite care he receives enhances his life immeasurably. His wife Diane, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2015, recently lost the ability to walk. “I was ready to ask for help,” he recalls. He’d been

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COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Payment Check Scam Alert

Most Americans with annual incomes under $100,000 have begun receiving COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Payments. If you regularly file federal income tax returns or if you receive payments from the Social Security Administration, your stimulus payment most likely will be automatically

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Wandering Tips for Caregivers

6 in 10 people with dementia will wander. A person with Alzheimer’s may not remember his or her name or address, and can become disoriented, even in familiar places. Wandering among people with dementia is dangerous. However, there are strategies and services

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How a Grandchild Can Receive Social Security Disability Benefits Under Their Grandparents’ Benefits

Nationally there are more than 3 million grandparents who are raising and financially supporting their grandchildren, and that number is increasing every year. Grandparents who are receiving either Social Security disability benefits or Social Security retirement benefits may be able

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Annual Report 2019

This past year was filled with exciting opportunities and unexpected challenges that taught us about resiliency, tenacity and our ability to think creatively. The Columbia Gas Explosion crisis in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, along with the parking upheaval at

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Annual Report 2018

It has been a fascinating year at Elder Services, filled with success in addressing the needs of our clients, as well as meaningful progress towards our overall vision. We’ve been honored to receive support from our clients, their families, and

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Area Plan on Aging

In our role as a federally designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA), every four years we develop an Area Plan on Aging, and it is approved by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. The plan addresses the needs of older

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Annual Report 2017

Taking on the new role of Chief Executive Officer at Elder Services is both a humbling experience and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I have devoted much of my professional life to this agency and I am ready to tap into that experience,

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Governor Baker Establishes Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts

On April 12th at the MIT AgeLab in Cambridge, Governor Charlie Baker signed an Executive Order establishing the state’s first Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts. Rosanne DiStefano, Executive Director at Elder Services, is among the first members appointed