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Discussing home care with parents

Q: Over the last few months my sister and I have been calling our elderly parents on a daily basis to make sure they are managing during these difficult times. We have begun to realize it may not be possible

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Do I really need a will?

Q: Over the last several months, I have been thinking a lot about the future. If I get sick right now, I really don’t have my legal and financial affairs in order. I finally filled out my Advance Directive which

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Tips for elder airplane travel

Q: I will be moving my mother from out of state to a facility near where I live. She gets nervous if she is in a vehicle for any length of time so it seems the only way to relocate

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Workshops on caregiving, chronic conditions continue virtually

Q: Earlier this year my husband was diagnosed with a neurological condition. We were told there would be ongoing deterioration still we both tried to have a positive attitude when we received the news. Unfortunately being confined to home and

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COVID 19 Update: Putting Our Consumers and Staff First

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore continues to work closely with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, other state agencies, and our community partners to best meet the needs of our consumers and staff during this pandemic. 

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What help is available for grandparents raising their grandchildren?

Q: A neighbor of mine recently was awarded custody of her grandchildren. For numerous reasons, the children’s parents are not involved in their care nor will they be allowed to in the future. My neighbor refused to allow the children

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Is it OK for elderly mom to go to a restaurant?

Q: My elderly mother lives in another New England state. Restrictions are being lifted in her county allowing most businesses to resume operation as long as they follow safe guidelines for social distancing. My mother and her neighbor have missed

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Statement from Joan Hatem Roy, CEO regarding Meals on Wheels Delivery

June 2, 2020: Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore’s (ESMV) primary meals provider TRIO Community Meals of Andover was unable to produce and deliver meals today, June 2, due to the positive COVID-19 test of an employee

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Options Counseling Program can help navigate health care system

Q: My grandmother fell and broke her hip and has been in a rehabilitation facility following surgery for a broken femur. She soon will max out on the days Medicare and her private insurance will cover which means she will

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Finding a care agency to suit mother’s needs

Q: My mother isn’t a resident in Massachusetts but I am hoping you might have some suggestions on how to handle a problem with the care she is receiving at home. Originally we hired two private pay workers, they both