Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley receives prestigious innovation award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A)

Lawrence, MA – August 2016 – Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley’s Healthy Living Center of Excellence recently received an Aging Innovations Award, the highest honor presented by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) to member agencies. The award was presented to The Center for their “The Evidence is in …Healthy Living Programs Catch the Eye of Managed Care” program which was one of 16 local aging programs to receive recognition at the Annual Conference & Tradeshow in San Diego, CA.

The 2016 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognize Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American aging programs that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, persons with disabilities and their family caregivers.  Part of the criteria for selection is ease with which other agencies can replicate the program in their communities.

“As our health care landscape continues to change, members are discovering new ways to position themselves in the long-term and health care marketplaces and strengthening long-standing services to meet the needs of America’s rapidly growing older adult population,” said n4a’s Chief Executive Officer Sandy Markwood. “Our members work tirelessly and this program enables us to shine a well-deserved spotlight on their critical work to support the health, safety, independence and dignity of older adults,” added Markwood.

Senior Whole Health, a managed care program for older adults in Massachusetts partnered with Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley to provide enrollees with an opportunity to participate in results-driven evidence-based workshops like Chronic Disease Self-Management or Matter of Balance. These programs help individuals manage health concerns, reduce hospital readmissions and overall health care costs.

Rosanne DiStefano, Executive Director at Elder Services said; “We were very pleased to receive this award in front of a national audience of our peers, friends, and colleagues.  This success would not be possible without the support of our health plan partner, Senior Whole Health whose leadership and staff understand the importance of patient empowerment, education and  the value community based organizations lend to achieve the goal of better health to our communities.”


The Healthy Living Center of Excellence is a division of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and a partner with Hebrew Senior Life.  Over the last five years, the Center has grown to a 90 member provider network, and offering over 14 wellness, prevention, and disease management programs focused on improving health outcomes for participants.  More information can be found at


The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the leading voice on aging issues for the 622 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) across the country and a champion in our nation’s capital for the 256 Title VI Native American aging programs. n4a’s primary mission is to build the capacity of members to support their efforts helping older adults and persons with disabilities live independently with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible. ( /