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Please note: There is more information on Dementia topics in the Additional Notes section on this website. This requires a log in to access confidential information.

Alzheimer’s Association MA Chapter

Alzheimer's Association LogoAlzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association’s website contains information on many topics, including:

Click here to be linked to the 800AgeInfo website for additional information.

MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return®

MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®

A 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency.

Provides 24-hour assistance, no matter when or where the person is reported missing.


Massachusetts Dental Society

Mass Dental Society LogoMassachusetts Dental Society
Two Willow Street
Southborough, MA 01745

Click here for tips from the Health and Human Services website for where to find low-cost dental care.

Use the search tool on the website to find a plan and/or a dentist that offers affordable senior dental care options through the ACA, Medicare, or Medicaid.


Please note: There is more information on Hearing Loss (pg 57-59) in the Additional Notes section on this website. This requires a log in to access confidential information.

Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services

INDEX - A program of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center

Index LogoINDEX




Northeast Arc

Northeast Arc
Helps people with disabilities become full participants in the community; choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize and play.

Serving approximately 8,000 people in nearly 190 cities and towns.



Their specialized services include:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance Claim Representation
  • Overpayment Reimbursement
  • Medicare Coordination
  • Reverse Offset
  • Allsup Medicare Advisor®

Independent Living Center of The North Shore and Cape Anne Inc.

Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Anne Inc.


A service and advocacy center run by and for people with disabilities.

Supports the struggle of people who have all types of disabilities to live independently and participate fully in community life.

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)

800-245-6543 (Voice/TDD) or

Responsible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Community Living Services, and eligibility determination for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) federal benefits programs.

Deaf Inc.

Deaf Inc.
35 Congress St., Suite 204
Salem, MA 01970
978-910-0165 VP/V
978-740-0394 TTY
978-740-0329 V

Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people can find a range of essential programs and services in a Deaf-affirmative, supportive community environment.

All services are linguistically and culturally accessible for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, and Late-Deafened people who use many different communication modes and have different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Lahey Medical Center, Peabody / Living Well with Low Vision

Lahey Medical Center PeabodyLahey Medical Center, Peabody / Living Well with Low Vision

Provides comprehensive eye care and complete ophthalmic medical and surgical treatment – all in a comfortable community setting.  

Also check:

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB)

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
600 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
800-392-6450 (MASS. ONLY)
Voice  800-392-6556 (MASS. ONLY) TDD

A state agency, established in 1906, to provide a wide range of social and rehabilitation services to Massachusetts residents of all ages who are legally blind.

Agency services may address a number of varied needs of individual blind persons.

Massachusetts law (C.6, s.136) requires that all eye care providers who find a person to be legally blind report this person to the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind within 30 days of the date of examination.



HAWC - Healing Abuse Working for Change

Healing Abuse Working for Change
27 Congress Street
Salem, MA 01970
24-hour hotline 800-547-1649

Offers a wide variety of comprehensive services to the community.

Whether a client is interested in leaving an unhealthy relationship, or is simply seeking more information about domestic violence and what it means, programs are designed to meet the individual needs of each person who is looking for help. 

Service area: all of North Shore including Cape Ann.


Please note: There is more information on Elder Services topics in the additional notes section on this website. This requires a log in to access confidential information.


SeniorCare Logo
49 Blackburn Center
Gloucester, MA

Serves nine communities on Boston’s North Shore, including: Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham.

Provides and coordinates services to elders and others, enabling them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice while remaining part of their community.

To qualify for homecare, you must be 60 years of age or older; a resident of Massachusetts, not live in a rest home, nursing facility, convalescent home, hospital, or assisted living residence, meet financial eligibility guidelines, and have been assessed by a care manager or nurse and found to be in need of services.

To report elder abuse call:

800-922 2275
24 hours a day
7 days a week

North Shore Elder Services

North Shore Elder Services

300 Rosewood Drive
Suite 200
Danvers, MA

Offers a variety of successful elder care programs (ie: Home Care, Nutrition) to ensure older adults can live life to the fullest.

Most of the services are free, while others are low cost, and all are proven to deliver results.

As part of an interdisciplinary team, a care manager assesses an individual’s needs, then develops and monitors the plan ofelder care.

Several programs offer an increased level of services for frail elders at home.

Service area includes:  Danvers, Salem, Peabody, Middleton & Marblehead

To report elder abuse call:

800-922 2275
24 hours a day
7 days a week

Greater Lynn Senior Services

Greater Lynn Senior Services

8 Silsbee Street
Lynn, MA 01901

Provides a wide range of social services—information, transportation, meals, advocacy, homecare, housing, and more—for one reason: to help those 60 and older live fuller, more
independent lives, safely and with dignity.

Service area includes:  Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant & Saugas

To report elder abuse call:

800-922 2275
24 hours a day
7 days a week

Mystic Valley Elder Services

Mystic Valley Elder Services
300 Commercial Street, #19
Malden, MA 02148

Supporting the well-being, dignity and independence of elders, adults
living with disabilities, and caregivers residing in Chelsea, Everett,
Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading,
Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield & Winthrop.

To report elder abuse call:

800-922 2275
24 hours a day
7 days a week


ACORD Food Pantry

Acord Food Pantry
69 Willow Street
South Hamilton, MA

Provides food assistance to the residents of Essex, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester, Topsfield and Wenham.

Beverly Bootstraps

Beverly Bootstraps

Provides critical resources to families and individuals so they may achieve self-sufficiency. 

Offers emergency and long-term assistance including: access to food, housing stability, adult and youth education, counseling and advocacy.

Note: Food pantry visitors must be residents of either Beverly or Manchester

Open Door

The Open Door

Provides a free, three to five day supply of emergency groceries once every seven days for income-qualified residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Ipswich, Manchester and Essex.

The Salem Pantry

The Salem Pantry

Provides Salem residents with nutritious food and groceries in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

Offers residents emergency food at the end  of each month when bills are due, but before salary and support checks arrive to ensure that local residents have health perishable food and groceries during times of need.



Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name for the Food Stamp Program.

Helps people and families with low incomes buy the food the need for good health.

WIC Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program


Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a program that provides nutrition, health education, health food, and other services free of charge to qualifying Massachusetts residents.

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