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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.

Day by Day Adult Care, Inc. - Gloucester, MA

Day by Day Adult Care, Inc.
4R Blackburn Center
Gloucester, MA 01930


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.

Social Day Care Programs

Social Day Care Programs

Social day care programs are similar to adult day health programs but do not offer medical supervision. Participants receive lunch and snack. These programs are based on a social model; offering supervision, as well as recreational and social activities.

Supportive Adult Day Program at Danvers Council on Aging
25 Stone Street
Danvers, MA 01923

Torigian Community Life Center
79 Central Street
Peabody, MA 01960

The Center at Punchard
30 Whittier Court
Andover, MA

Cooperative Elder Services
37 B Street
Gloucester Adult Social Day Program
6 Manuel F. Lewis Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Supportive Adult Day Program - Danvers Council on Aging

Supportive Adult Day Program at Danvers Council on Aging



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.

Massachusetts Dental Society

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

Health and Human Services website for where to find low-cost dental care.




Their specialized services include:

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

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused from exposure to asbestos, a mineral once used in practically anything due to its heat-resistant properties. Due to mesothelioma’s long latency period of 20-50 years, over 80% of patients are seniors. The Mesothelioma Center is a 100% free resource and service center for those diagnosed.

Click logo to be directed to the website.

David Sides
Public Outreach Coordinator
The Mesothelioma Center
(Email preferred)


Assisted Living.Org


Assisted Living is a community organization dedicated to helping the elderly and people who are living with disabilities fully enjoy their healthy years and age gracefully. Our organization is funded by private donors and is completely independent of sponsors and affiliations. 

A comprehensive resource that provides information on topics like available care options for people living with disabilities, financial support, and free resources that are available from each state.


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, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people who use many different modes of communication and have different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

INDEX - A program of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center

Index LogoINDEX

A resource for finding information relevant to disabilities.

We help people with disabilities find information they need.

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

Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Anne Inc.
Danvers: 978-741-0077
Salem: 27 Congress Street – Ste. 107
Salem, MA

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.

Lahey Medical Center, Peabody / Living Well with Low Vision

Lahey Medical Center PeabodyLahey Medical Center, Peabody / Living Well with Low Vision
Peabody: 978-538-4400
Burlington: 781-744-8000

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 (Massachusetts only)
Voice: 800-392-6556 (Massachusetts 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.


Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services

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.

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.

General Services Overview Reception
6 Southside Road
Danvers, MA  01923

SeniorCare, Inc.

SeniorCare, Inc.
SeniorCare will coordinate planning, identification, assessment of needs, and provision of services for adults (aged 22 or older) with disabilities. Options Counseling is available at no charge to adults with disabilities.

SeniorCare works closely with the Greater North Shore Link and the Disability Resource Center to provide services to adult consumers with disabilities.

Adult Care Select– A Group Adult Foster Care program.


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.

Reporting Domestic Violence

Reporting abuse or neglect of older adults
Abuse reports can be filed 24 hours a day either online or by phone at
(800) 922-2275.


Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7/365

Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7/365



1400 E. Washington Ave., Suite 227
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
Phone: 608-255-0539

A resource for understanding the unique dynamics of older adult survivors of domestic violence.


A project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Preventing and Responding to Domestic & Sexual Violence in Later Life





Program Goals and Outcomes
What is CarFit for the older driver?

CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them.

The CarFit program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community.

Why is CarFit important?

Older drivers are often the safest drivers in that they are more likely to wear their seatbelts, and less likely to speed or drink and drive. However, older drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously injured when a crash does occur due to the greater fragility of their aging bodies.

Driver safety programs improve adult driver safety by addressing cognitive abilities and skills, however, older drivers can also improve their safety by ensuring their cars are properly adjusted for them. A proper fit in one’s car can greatly increase not only the driver’s safety but also the safety of others.

How is a CarFit check completed?

At a CarFit event, a team of trained technicians and/or health professionals work with each participant to ensure they “fit” their vehicle properly for maximum comfort and safety. A CarFit check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

CARFIT (continued)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is CarFit?

CarFit is an educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA (American Automobile Association), AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

  • What are the Objectives of the CarFit program?

The program is designed to help older drivers find out how well they currently fit their personal vehicle, to highlight actions they can take to improve their fit, and to promote conversations about driver safety and community mobility. A proper fit in one’s personal vehicle can greatly increase not only the driver’s safety but also the safety of others.

  • In What Ways Can CarFit Improve Road Safety?

Three quick examples underscore the importance of road safety to the CarFit program, which reviews twelve key areas of the driver’s fit to the personal vehicle.

  1. Example one: Knowing how to properly adjust one’s mirrors can greatly minimize blind spots for drivers who may wish to change lanes.
  2. Example two: Good foot positioning on the gas and brake pedals is important. If the driver is reaching with his or her toes to press on the pedals, it can cause fatigue in one’s leg and slowed reaction times.
  3. Example three: Drivers run a risk of serious injury if they are sitting closer than 10 inches to the steering wheel.
  • Is CarFit effective?

CarFit was pilot tested in 10 cities in the spring of 2005 with more than 300 older driver participants. Based on findings from the CarFit checklists completed at the events and follow-up surveys of participants, the program appears to be highly effective on multiple fronts. Some of the results show:

…over one-third (37%) had at least one critical safety issue needing addressed.

CARFIT (continued)

…one in ten (10%) were seated too close to the steering wheel.

…approximately 20% did not have a line of sight at least 3″ over the steering wheel.

In addition, the vast majority of those responding to the survey indicated that as a result of having gone through the CarFit event, they made a change to improve the fit of their vehicle, their use of safety features in their vehicle and/or their willingness to discuss their driving with family and/or health care providers..

  • How Can Drivers Sign Up for a CarFit Checkup?

Individuals wishing to take part in a CarFit Checkup should click here and look at the calendar of upcoming events.

  • How Can I Get a CarFit Brochure?

You may download a .pdf document of the latest CarFit brochure here.

  • Where can I get pedal extensions or other adaptive equipment?

Modifications that interface with a moving vehicle can pose risk to the driver’s safety, as well as exposing the person making the recommendation to risks of liability. Pedal extenders, although they may seem simple actually are a modification that directly impacts the driver’s ability to safely and consistently control the vehicle both to accelerate and to stop! Adaptive equipment recommendations should be made with the same caution as advising someone to seek medication. There are extenders that could help you reach the pedals or there are hand controls available that allow you to continue to drive even if your feet can no longer control the pedals. We suggest that a driver seek the expert guidance of a driving rehabilitation specialist trained in assessing the individual’s need for equipment and the identification of the equipment that fits both the person and their vehicle.

You can locate a driving rehabilitation specialist by using the specialists directory located at (see specialists directory) or (see CDRS directory). Specialized programs are available in every state, but not necessarily in your community.

Driving Solutions

Driving Solutions
8 Marshal Street
North Reading, MA 01864

Tel: 508-878-9583

The Driving Solutions driver safety program evaluates the physical, visual and cognitive capabilities of a current driver.
Driving Solutions will send a skilled Occupational Therapist (OT) driver safety consultant locations in eastern Massachusetts to evaluate and consult with the driver and their loved ones.  Contact: Judy Romano

Emerson Hospital

The Clough Family Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Therapies.

Emerson Hospital
310 Baker Avenue
Concord, MA  01742
Tel: 978-287-8244
Fax:  978-287-8240

Newton Wellesley Hospital Drive Safe Program

Newton Wellesley Hospital – Drive Safe Program
159 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA  02459
Tel: 617-243-6172

Need physician order/prescription for driving evaluation.  The prescription should include patient’s diagnosis or reason for referral.

1st. part – 2 hour long evaluation with OT for comprehensive assessment.  Physicial, visual, cognitive.  Results are reviewed in written report in the office.  Patients are encouraged to bring along a family member/friend to hear the results as well.

2nd. part – On-road assessment if recommended by OT.
Cost is $225. private pay, insurance does not cover cost.


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

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

NSES offers a variety of successful elder care programs in the Danvers, Salem, Peabody, Middleton & Marblehead area, 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 of elder care. Several programs offer an increased level of services for frail elders at home.

Home of North Shore Elder Services flagship programs include:

Home Care Services are available to meet the needs of elders and persons with disabilities. A variety of senior services are available to maintain independence at home, such as: personal care and homemaking; home delivered meals; personal emergency response; companion; laundry; caregiver respite; and more.

Nutrition Program provides Home Delivered Meals to qualified North Shore residents age 60 or older who are home-bound and unable to prepare their own meals. Senior Dining locations throughout the North Shore offer older adults an opportunity to share a hot nutritious meal with good company.

Over the Rainbow Dinner Club, part of North Shore Elder Services’ Over the Rainbow Coalition, is an event for our LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) elders on the North Shore meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the House of the Seven Gables in Salem, MA at 5:00PM.


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 in their own 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

Homecare & Care Management

Many people who enter a nursing facility might have been able to remain in their own homes longer if they had a bit of help with everyday tasks. SeniorCare’s homecare services may include:

Homemaking, Shopping, Personal care, Medical transportation, Pawsitive Connections, Meal preparation, Housing Assistance,  Referrals to Legal Services, Meals on Wheels, Laundry, Adult Day Health, Money Management, Caregiver Respite, Options Counseling, Care Transitions, Medication Management Assistance.


The Masons

The Masons
500 West Cummings Park – Suite 1150
Woburn, MA 01801

Non-profit hospital equipment loan and donations program.   Lends equipment at no cost to those in need.

Mission of Deeds

Mission of Deeds
6 Chapin Ave
Reading MA 01867

Providing beds, furniture, and household essentials free of charge for people in need.

Second Glance

Second Glance
2 Pond Rd # 1
Gloucester, MA 01930

Used equipment at low cost.
Hours M-Sa 9AM to 7PM, Sun 11AM to 5PM


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.

Mom’s Meals

Mom’s Meals

For questions or to get more information about our programs, schedule an in-service or continuing education, contact us or call 1-844-280-2133

  • Refrigerated Meals – Up to 50 Choices
  • Meets 1/3 DRI Requirements
  • Health condition menus available, including Gluten-Free, Renal, and Pureed
  • Indicators on all menus for those managing diabetes or needing heart-friendly and/or lower-sodium meal options
  • As a home-delivered meal provider (Medicaid Waiver and Title III C2) in over 40 states, we prepare, package, and deliver meals directly to any address.

The Open Door

The Open Door

Provides a free, three to five day supply of emergency groceries once every seven days for area residents..

The Open Door Ipswich Community Food Pantry
Serving: Ipswich, Rowley, Topsfield, Boxford, Hamilton and Wenham.
00 Southern Heights
Ipswich, MA


Tuesday: 11-5
Wednesday: 11-7 NEW!
Thursday: 11-5

The Open Door
28 Emerson Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-6776

The Open Door’s main programs are:

  •  The Food Pantry, which provides emergency groceries to those in need.
  •  Community Meals, which offers free, nutritious meals to those in need of food or companionship.
  •  Second Glance Thrift Store, which provides the public with reduced-cost clothing and household goods,
    offers free items to families and individuals through referrals from other agencies, supports recycling for
    the community, partners with agencies for job training, and raises revenues to support our hunger-relief programs.
  •  Mobile Market, a free farmers market, which provides fresh produce and groceries at four
    neighborhood-based, two school-based, and two senior center-based market sites.

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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