Let's Celebrate!!!  One year ago September, we launched our newsletter, InFocus, and what an incredible response we have had. This issue - a year in review - highlights some of our accomplishment, transitions in agency leadership and exciting growth in programs. Elder Services is grateful to all our donors, friends, sponsors, volunteers and our staff who gave generously of their time and resources to support community programs, special events and unmet needs.
In this special edition of InFocus, we wanted to recall some of the stories, images and events that celebrated the people, ideas, and passions that fuel the agency's purpose. This edition highlights our successes and solutions we are working on to resolve the complex challenges of aging we face today.  
We thank every reader for their interest and ideas since our e-newsletter adventure began. We encourage all of you to continue this journey with us and, if you haven't already, invite your friends, families, neighbors and colleague to join us. We are always seeking new contacts to build our InFocus community.
The InFocus Team

Consumer/Volunteer Profile
Rafael Mena
Senior Care Options insurance programs or SCOS are essentially a 'one stop shopping' for those 65 plus and eligible for MassHealth benefits due to income.
pic: Francisca Reynoso, Lidia Rivera-Garcia,
Rafael Mena
Tom "TJ" Bates
Homeless to Hopeful
Community Spirit Award 2016: Relo Trans
pic: Justin Jordan, Christine Cowden, Frank Peditto, Marcie Gallagher, Rene Baker, Sheila Hewitt, Mayerly Astacio

Profiles in Giving
Elder Services salutes Frank Baskin for his tireless advocacy on behalf of frail and vulnerable elders, including those who face challenges due to mental illness."I think what drew me to the social work profession, right out of college, was the opportunity to work at the micro level with individuals and then use that experience at the macro level to help make the circumstances of everyone in that same predicament better," Baskin said.

Staff Highlights
Nurses make a difference for consumers - no matter what role they play
"We are, at heart, good medical detectives who visit our clients in their homes to see with our own eyes and to listen to them  about how they are doing". Pat Cornell...read more
pic: Gail Sendecke, Patricia Cornell and  Renee Johnson

The Front Line of Home Care...Care Managers
"You do this job because you have passion and desire to help people, not because of money or status. Most days, when I leave, I know I have made a difference in someone's life, maybe more than one" Ann Souza... read more
pic:Terri Evans, Lucy Bouchard, Ann Souza

Protective Services Profile

"We offer clients whatever help and resources we can bring to a situation. However, because our services are voluntary, our most important tool is persuasion." Monica Whitmore ... read more
pic:Front Row (l-r) Alyson Hurshman, Laura Cuevas, Diane Powell, Monica Whitmore, Second Row: Claire Whitten, Lena Sarunn, Isalbi DelOrb, Jennifer Ezeigwe,  Bea Stankard, Reina Francisco, Back Row: Scott Mousseau, Jeremy Greany, Joe Hannon

Elder Brown Bag Program
The program provides emergency food assistance to over 3,000 elders each month...   read more
pic: Mathew Broderick and Justin Jordan with their crew

Pfizer's Community Investment Supports Our Mission
For almost 15 years, Pfizer Inc. has been an exemplary business leader in community investment. Since 2000, Pfizer has actively and generously supported Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley in a variety of ways.. read more

Project Pocketbook
The 2016 Pocketbook Project, spear-headed by the Personal Care Attendant Program at Elder Services, brought together generous people from across the Merrimack Valley and beyond to help give a fresh start to homeless women and men living in shelters... read more

Veterans Blanket Drive
During October and early November this year Elder Services and our Elder Network
hosted a Blanket Drive.. read more

Meals on Wheels...it's more than just lunch
John McCarthy once delivered the meals and now is one of the 1800 residents, across the Valley, who expect a knock on their door between 10:30 am and 12 Noon, Monday through Friday, signaling - their lunch has arrived! ... read more

Senator Barbara L'Italien - Joint Committee on Elder Affairs
"When I first entered the House in 2003, I knew I wanted to bring my personal and professional experience as a caregiver to my work in the Legislature. I know firsthand all the good that Elder Services and other agencies in the State do to keep elders in their own homes and communities."... read more

Spirit of Giving
In celebration of StonehamBank's 130th Anniversary Year, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley was honored to be one of the many worthy non-profits recipients recognized for local community service...read more

Elder Services NEW Caregiver Blog
Thanks to Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation for making it possible to create a
new Blog page for the Family Caregiver  Support Program at Elder Services!... read more

Welcome Back Project ABLE
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley is once again a host site for Operation ABLE. We hosted an ABLE satellite  office in our former offices located in Riverwalk Building 5... read more

Honoring traditional Khmer Culture & Sharing Resources
Lena Sarunn, Sanary Phen, Linda Chhun and Nandi Munson celebrating Lowell's Cambodian Community.... read more


Meet our new Chief Executive  Officer 
The Board of Directors of Elder Services was  pleased to announce that Joan Hatem-Roy  would be the agency's new Chief Executive  Officer as of July 1st. The Board President,  Roseann Robillard, said "We are very excited  about Joan's appointment to this new  leadership position. Her 35 years of clinical  expertise and program development skills have  helped Elder Services build a 42-year stellar  reputation as the Northeast's regional leader in  elder care." full article

Our new Chief Financial Officer 

Tammy O'Donnell has joined the leadership team at Elder Services as the new  Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Tammy will have direct oversight of the fiscal  department and help the agency manage both budget needs and new  initiatives.

Family Caregiver Support Program helps support grandparents with Camperships.  
pic: Johanna. read more

6th Massachusetts 
Sharpening Your Skills Conference 
Joan Hatem-Roy, Chief Executive Officer, Elder Services; Dr. Milagros Abreu, President/CEO, The Latino Health Insurance Program
Farm to Table Tastings 
pic: Arthur Kosiorek, Mary Kosiorek, Winnie DiTomasso, Vincent DiTomasso, Vinnie Robichaud, Arthur Robichaud, Louise Glass, Sadie Souma
Driver Appreciation
l-r Melissa Paolicelli , Nutrition Site Coordinator, 
Sara Rodriguez, Shaun Shubin
Driver Appreciation
Julie Hannon, 
Andrew Currier
MA Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Statewide Conference
Lucilia Prates, Regional Director 
MA Senior Medicare Patrol  
7th Statewide Conference - April 2017

This annual 'porch-style' music festival on Plum Island each year supports a local non-profit. This year, the Music and Memory Program at Elder Services was chosen to expand this unique program that uses iPods and personalized playlists to promote active engagement and quality of life for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's or related dementia full art icle

Annual Golf Classic 2016 - 20th Anniversary
(l) First Place Winners: Billerica Paramedics Team -  Joe Devlin, Chris Voutselas, Brian Lutrell, Tim Abbott
(r) Combat veterans sponsored by Commonwealth Nursing and Circle Home:  Randy Carter, 
Anthony Pandolph, Keith Lassond, Jim Aylward


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The LGBT Senior Social Connection
The LGBT Senior Social Connection is hosting an Author's Reading. Meet Sue Katz and enjoy a meal as she reads excerpts from her book Lillian in Love, a unique novel about love in senior housing.  September 21, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Merrimac Senior Center.  To RSVP, call Ron Bourque at 978-946-1476 or email rbourque@esmv.org

Elder Care Fund renamed to DiStefano Family Care Fund
Renamed to honor our recently retired Executive Director, Rosanne DiStefano,  the DiStefano Family Care Fund remains a financial resource for older adults, aged  60 plus, who need immediate assistance and live in the Merrimack Valley.  read more

Support Elder Services through your Amazon purchases
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Elder Services every time you shop, at no cost to you. Just make smile.amazon.com your default Amazon shopping link, and from then on you're helping Elder Services support our Elders! For more information click here.

NEW! To report suspected elder abuse, call  1-800-922-2275
This is the new Protective Services Centralized Intake line that will simplify the reporting process. 

Elder Network Meetings - First three Wednesdays each month 11:45 am - 1:30 pm
Connecting professionals, across many disciplines that work with, care for or provide services, program or equipment to support families, caregivers and older folks with their choices to remain safe and independent in their home. Meetings are held in the three greater regions of our service area: Greater Haverhill/Newburyport; Lawrence and Lowell. For more information, call Bonnie Sisson at 978-946-1433.
LGBT Senior Social Connection - Third Thursday each month 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.  Connect with older adults in the LGBT Community at the Merrimac Senior Center. This social connection includes a light supper and provides a pathway for LGBT seniors to service providers, resources and information related to aging. It also offers inclusion in a community of friends and a positive, upbeat and safe setting to speak openly in an atmosphere of trust. We encourage discussions that explore important issues like fear of discrimination when the need for housing, long term care or home care services of LGBT seniors arise.  For more information, call Ron Bourque at 978-946-1476. For details click here.

This newsletter is brought to you by our Education Team:
Anne Proli, Bonnie Sisson, Caroline Cole, Maureen Drouin, Laura Marsan, Hemali Shah