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SHINE Counselors

All SHINE counselors are certified annually to ensure they are sharing up-to-date information. Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, SHINE Counselors are not able to meet in person. If you would like to meet by phone with a SHINE counselor, please

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

Finding Your Inspiration and Moving Forward

When you live in New England, spring is anticipated with bated breath. Well, what a spring it has been. Coronavirus came along and at the least, ruined many plans, and at its worst, left dizzying numbers of sick and precious

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

Celebrating Older Americans Who Are Making Their Mark

Brendan and Kay Walsh The first in our month-long series celebrating Older American’s Month and Making Their Mark are Brendan and Kay Walsh of Salem, MA. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2018, Kay has been on a mission to talk about

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

Reopening Massachusetts

On Monday, May 18, Governor Charlie Baker announced the state’s 4 phase reopening plan for Massachusetts.  As an essential service, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley-North Shore has been and will continue to assist older adults and individuals with disabilities

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

Hoarding Disorder Awareness Week in Massachusetts

Between 2-6% of the population struggles with hoarding behavior making it a highly common mental health issue. Because this is such a common and often misunderstood mental health diagnosis, Governor Baker has proclaimed May 25 – May 29, 2020 Massachusetts’

Explaining the pandemic to someone with Alzheimer’s disease

Q: My elderly mother who has Alzheimer’s disease lives about 12 hours away from me. In the past I would travel down to visit her three to four times a year. Due to the pandemic I wasn’t able to be