World Elder Abuse Awareness Month

WEAAD-banner-web-01June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month and June 15, 2018, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. SeniorCare Inc. and several non-profit and civic organizations are holding special events throughout the North Shore to increase awareness of this growing issue in our society.

10,000 people turn 65 in the US every day. That trend is going to continue for the next 20 years. Our demographics are shifting, and we will soon have more elder people in the US than ever before. At the same time that the population is growing, we know that a startling number of elders face abusive situations. Every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.

Elder abuse and neglect and take on various forms. It can be physical, emotional/verbal, sexual, financial, neglect by a caregiver, or self-neglect. Elder abuse can occur anywhere – in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races. In Massachusetts, an elder is anyone 60 or older.

If you suspect abuse or self-neglect, don’t assume that someone has already reported it. In cases of immediate danger call 911. Otherwise, you can call the Massachusetts Elder Abuse Hotline at 800-922-2275.

Elder Abuse Awareness Rally 2017aSeniorCare is participating in five rallies to increase awareness of Elder Abuse this year. The first rally will take place in Gloucester on Thursday, June 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to meet at the flagpole in front of the Gloucester Police Station on Main Street at 11:00 a.m. The rally will march down Main Street, continuing along Rogers Street to the Fitz Henry Lane parking lot (across from Walgreens on the corner of Rogers Street and Harbor Loop). Following the march, there will be a cookout in the Fitz Henry Lane lot. Gloucester’s event is supported by the Gloucester Police Department, HAWC, the Gloucester Council on Aging, and SeniorCare.

Rockport’s “Show You Care” rally will be held on Thursday, June 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Five Corners (the intersection of Broadway, Railroad Avenue, and Main Street). This event is supported by the Rockport Police Department, the Rockport Council on Aging and SeniorCare.

There will be a rally in Manchester by the Sea on the Village Green in front of Town Hall on Tuesday, June 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Manchester’s event is supported by the Manchester’s Police Department, SeniorCare and the Manchester Council on Aging.

Beverly will hold a rally in front of Beverly City Hall on Friday, June 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Beverly’s event is supported by the Beverly Police Department, HAWC, SeniorCare and the Beverly Council on Aging.

Ipswich will hold a rally on Thursday, June 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Five Corners (the intersection of Central and Market Streets). Following the rally, refreshments will be served at the Ipswich Council on Aging at 25 Green Street. This event is supported by the Ipswich Police Department, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, the Ipswich Council on Aging and SeniorCare.

Concerned citizens are invited to participate in any or all of these events. Join SeniorCare and our local safety agencies in bringing light to the horrendous crime of elder abuse. Please stop by to show your support!

SeniorCare is committed to identifying and stopping Elder Abuse!

Summer Art Programs!

Join us at Art Haven this June-September for summer art classes, for kids from ages 5 – 18.

It’s going to be a summer full of great experiences, creative learning and fun memories!

Register at

Read About The Three Age-Level Programs Below

Art for Kids Grades 1-5

All the same Art Haven favorites plus a few new classes. These week-long programs, each with its own fun theme offer kids a positive, fun environment to learn and be creative.


Middle School Art

Designed just for kids grades 6-8, join us for week-long classes that take your art further. It’s all about self-expression, learning new skills and creating art with friends.


High School Art

All NEW! We are bringing all the same college-level prep with real-world art and design instruction offered by large art schools, right here to Cape Ann—at a fraction of the cost, and with a schedule that allows teens to attend while working and being involved in their other summer activities.



Spaces are limited, register soon.

Scholarships and Sibling Discounts available.

Art Show Tonight!

Come by and see work by our students from kids, teens and adult classes this spring, with a live demonstration of the Potter’s Wheel!

Student Spring Art exhibit-FInal-SQUThe show takes place 6 – 8 pm at the Art Haven Studio at 180B Main Street in Gloucester.

Seaside Garden Club’s June Meeting

The June 12 meeting of the Seaside Garden Club will conclude the season with a very special field trip to Powder House Hill followed by a pot luck supper back at the Manchester Community Center. Guest speaker Nadine Mazola will introduce the concept of “Forest Bathing” to the group. Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. In Japan it is called “Shinrin Yoku,” which translates to “forest bathing.” Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems. Nadine is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide through the “Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs” ( Her training includes special knowledge in guiding people of all ages in Shinrin Yoku. There is a body of scientific knowledge that supports the benefits of walking and spending time in nature as a wellness practice and an effective way to manage stress. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self-care is Nadine’s most important guiding principle. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer through her own personal wellness journey. A Massachusetts native who loves spending time wandering and exploring in nature, she is joyous to be sharing Forest Bathing with us and creating environments for Forest Therapy. We’ll experience forest bathing while walking through Powder House Reservation.

Members and guests are encouraged to meet at MCC at 5:45pm to car pool to Newport Park. The walk begins at 6pm. All participants will return to Manchester Community Center at approximately 7:30pm to enjoy a pot luck supper with both Nadine and Mike Dyer who will do a brief overview of the Manchester Essex Conservation Trust organization. Seaside Garden Club welcomes new members; the June meeting is a good time to join for next year, $30 membership.

Seaside Vintage Market at Second Glance!


SEASIDE VINTAGE MARKET  at Second Glance, June 2 & 3!

Mid-century vintage finds, Boho Chic, food and music come to Second Glance, the thrift store of The Open Door during its first annual Seaside Vintage Market on June 2 (9 a.m. -7 p.m.) and June 3 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at 2 Pond Road, Gloucester.

For more than a year, volunteers and staff have been saving vintage treasures to transform the thrift store in to a once-in-a-year vintage extravaganza. Overnight, shelves will be cleared, reorganized, and those special treasures dusted and displayed for the weekend revelry.

Last year, Second Glance headed out of town to a vintage fair in Maine. It was so successful, they decided to stay put this year, and bring the vintage buzz to Cape Ann.

“We are really excited to bring Seaside Vintage Market to Second Glance,” says Julie LaFontaine, Executive Director of The Open Door. “Sales of treasures donated by the community support our local neighbors, and the two-day event promises to be an adventure for the savvy shopper!”

Along with vintage housewares, clothing, furniture, jewelry, and unique finds, local hot dog stand Red Umbrella, (aka Joe Hot-Dog Junior) will offer refreshments, and local musicians will entertain.

The mission of The Open Door is to alleviate the impact of hunger in our community. We use practical strategies to connect people to good food, to advocate on behalf of those in need, and to engage others in the work of building food security. The Open Door serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex, Ipswich, Topsfield, Boxford, Rowley, Hamilton, and Wenham.