Elder Services is Chosen be a Partners Ally to Support National Integrated Care Initiative with National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)


Foundations, Government, and Partners Ally to Support National Integrated Care Initiative

Elder Services joins an initiative creating opportunities for social service agencies to partner with healthcare system.


Lawrence, MA – JUNE 2016 – This June the SCAN Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Administration for Community Living, the Gary and Mary West Foundation, the Marin Community Foundation, and the Colorado Health Foundation have united to fund a proposal, “Improving the Health of Older Adults Using Integrated Networks for Medical Care and Social Services.” Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley has been chosen partners ally along with American Society on Aging, Partners in Care Foundation, Independent Living Research Utilization and Scripps Gerontology Center.

“We are very proud to be a partner of such an important national initiative that will strengthen our partnerships with healthcare entities to provide home and community-based services for older adults and persons with disabilities” says, Roseanne DiStefano, Executive Director of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. Roseanne continues to say, “This initiative directly correlates to our mission to enable older adults and persons with disabilities to live with dignity and independence in their homes and communities as long as possible; and to provide this opportunity with healthcare partners increase the chances of our community members to live well and independently”.

This initiative is part of a three-year grant, the lead grantee, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) will collaborate with partners to develop and establish the National Aging and Disability Business Center, a major component of the initiative which will be housed within n4a.

The Business Center will focus on preparing, educating, and supporting community-based organizations (CBOs) and healthcare providers to collaborate and provide quality care. The vision through the Center is to build a strong and successful partnerships between CBOs and the health care system so older adults will have access to quality services and evidence-based programs.

For more information on the initiative or Elder Services, please contact Pati Fernandez, Director of Development,, 978-457-0737.

About Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc

About Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley: We are a private non-profit organization established in 1974. Since then, Elder Services has been the first choice and the first call for elder care in the Merrimack Valley. We help older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers and to navigate a complex system of services and programs and advocate to maximize their options for long term care.  Elder Services serves 23 cities and towns in the Merrimack Valley including the Greater Newburyport, Haverhill, Lawrence and Lowell communities. We are federal designation as an Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and a state designation as an Aging Service Access Point (ASAP) and Protective Service agency. Learn more about Elder Services at the website,

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