SeniorCare Hosts Amy Kerr’s “I Am More” Exhibit

SeniorCare Inc. is proud to host Amy Kerr’s “I Am More” art exhibit at the agency’s Gloucester offices.    “I Am More” is an art and writing project founded by Amy Kerr as a reminder that we are more than our mental challenges.  Sixteen pastel and colored pencil portraits of Cape Ann residents, along with an essay written by each subject, will be on display at the SeniorCare offices through the month of June.

There will be a public reception on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at SeniorCare, located at 49 Blackburn Center, Gloucester.  In addition to the reception, public viewing hours are available on Friday afternoons through June from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Anyone wishing to view the exhibit, but unable to attend during the reception or on a Friday afternoon may call 978-281-1750 to arrange for a private viewing.

“I Am More” has been on display at various locations throughout the Cape Ann region over the past several months, including the Rockport Police Department, The Open Door, Gloucester City Hall, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Action Inc, Gloucester Stage Company and more.

For more information about the “I Am More” portrait series, please visit www.amykerrdraws.org.

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Elder Abuse Awareness Rally

June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month and June 15 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. This trend is going to continue for the next 20 years. Our demographics are shifting, and we now 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.

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 the Massachusetts Elder Abuse Hotline at 800-922-2275.

SeniorCare is participating in five rallies to increase awareness of Elder Abuse this year. The first rally will take place in Gloucester on Monday, June 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 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.

Ipswich will hold a rally on Thursday, June 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Five Corners (the intersection of Central and Market Streets). This event is supported by the Ipswich Police Department, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, the Ipswich Council on Aging and SeniorCare.

Rockport’s “Show You Care” rally will be held on Thursday, June 13, 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 Thursday, June 13, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.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 14, from 10:00 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.

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!

About SeniorCare

SeniorCare Inc. serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over.  We provide services to adults with disabilities and elders in nine communities. Established in 1972, SeniorCare has approximately 100 employees and nearly 400 volunteers. The volunteers and staff work to fulfill its mission as a consumer-centered organization which provides and coordinates services to elders and others. This allows them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remaining part of their community. http://www.SeniorCareInc.org

 

 

SeniorCare Inc. Awarded $200,000

SeniorCare Inc. is one of the local nonprofits sharing in Cummings Foundation’s $25 million grant program in 2019. The North Shore based organization has been awarded a $200,000 Sustaining Grant, to be disbursed over 10 years. Chief Executive Officer Scott Trenti and Director of Home Care Dori Prescott represented SeniorCare at a May 2 awards night at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn.

Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grants Awards Night. May 2, 2019. Scott Trenti, CEO, SeniorCare; Dori Prescott, Director of Home Care, SeniorCare; Bill Cummings, Founder, Cummings Foundation; Dennis Clarke, Chairman and CEO, Cummings Properties.

“We are very pleased to receive the Cummings Foundation sustaining grant,” announced Trenti. “This funding will be utilized by our Protective Services Program to help our most vulnerable elders improve their quality of life and remain safely in their communities, consistent with our agency mission.”

SeniorCare offers a wide variety of programs and services to meet the needs of elders, their families, caregivers and others in their nine-community service area on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

The Sustaining Grants initiative builds on Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 program. First offered in 2012, $100K for 100 annually awards $10 million through multi-year grants of $100,000 each to 100 nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk counties. Grant recipients that received their final grant disbursements in 2018 were automatically considered for $15 million in Sustaining Grants.

“We introduced Sustaining Grants to help alleviate the constant burden of fundraising so nonprofit professionals can spend more of their limited time and resources on actually providing services,” said Christina Berthelsen, grants manager at Cummings Foundation.

Cummings Foundation has awarded nearly $250 million to date in Greater Boston alone. Funds are generated through commercial properties that are owned by, and operated for the sole benefit of, Cummings Foundation. All of its buildings are managed pro bono by Woburn commercial real estate firm Cummings Properties.

Sustaining Grants winners were selected primarily by a 33-member volunteer committee, which included former state legislators, CEOs of local companies, and a retired justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, among many others. Committee members met with each nonprofit twice to learn how the $100K for 100 funds helped to advance its mission, and how it might put a 10-year grant to use.

View the complete list of the 50 Sustaining Grants winners at www.CummingsFoundation.org. An additional 100 winners will be announced in June through the $100K for 100 program.

About SeniorCare Inc.
SeniorCare Inc. serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over. The agency provides services to adults with disabilities and elders in nine Massachusetts communities- Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham. Established in 1972, SeniorCare has approximately 100 employees and nearly 400 volunteers. The volunteers and staff work to fulfill its mission as a consumer-centered organization, which provides and coordinates services to elders and others. This allows them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remaining part of their community. www.seniorcareinc.org

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings and has grown to be one of the three largest private foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date has been to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

ROTARY’S HIGHEST AWARD TO THORPE, WILLIAMSON

The Gloucester Rotary Club has named Patrick Thorpe and Danny Williamson as Paul Harris Fellows, the prestigious award named after the Chicago lawyer who founded the Rotary movement in 1905. Thorpe was selected by a club committee of previous recipients of the award, while Williamson was chosen by members of the Interact Club, the very active group of Gloucester High School junior Rotarians.  Thorpe and Williamson will be honored at a special dinner on Thursday, May 23, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in downtown Gloucester.  The social hour will begin at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:30pm.

Patrick Thorpe joined BankGloucester in 1999 and was named President a year later. He is an active member of the community, serving on the boards of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Ann YMCA, the First R Foundation, and as a board member and past president of the Gloucester Rotary Club. He has chaired the Chamber’s Business Education Collaborative for the past 13 years, been involved with Addison Gilbert Hospital, the Sawyer Free Library, and the Open Door.

Patrick graduated from Bentley College with a degree in finance, and subsequently worked for several companies and the U.S. Treasury Department in financial management and oversight before coming to Gloucester. He has been married to wife Maureen for 25 years, and they have two children—Victoria and Brendan.

Danny Williamson is a 29 year old graduate of Gloucester High School His entire adult life has been closely associated with high school athletics and the Special Olympics.  As a freshman at GHS, Danny tried out for the basketball team and did not make it, but was subsequently named the manager of the team and earned the school’s Inspiration Award.  Danny joined the track team in 2007, receiving the Sportsmanship Award for his efforts.  In his senior year, he received the Interante Award from the basketball team and the Courage Award from the officials.  He also became the manager of the soccer team, and was given a Most Improved Award from the track team.  Danny is still managing the GHS basketball team and has been managing the GHS football team for the past eight years.

Danny’s former coach, Jim Munn, helped to get Danny into Special Olympics in 2009.  He is involved in track and field, basketball, soccer, bowling, bocce, and softball.  He went to the National Competition five years ago, and last year carried the torch for the opening ceremonies of the games in Seattle.  Danny will be inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame this year.

Tickets to the Paul Harris Distinguished Service Award Dinner are $47 per person and may be reserved by contacting event chair Steve Kaity at 978-879-1051.  The dinner is open to the general public, and friends and colleagues of Thorpe and Williamson are encouraged to attend.

For more information about the Gloucester Rotary Club, visit www.gloucesterrotary.org or www.facebook.com/RotaryGloucesterMA.

Gloucester Rotary Trivia Night

The Rotary Club of Gloucester will host a Trivia Night on Friday, April 26, at the Gloucester House, located at 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the game will begin at 7 p.m. Teams of four will compete for the title of Cape Ann Trivia Champions.

In 2019, there will be a special raffle for Early Bird Registrations:
Register before April 12 and receive 2 chances to win
Register before April 19 and receive 1 chance to win

All trivia fans are invited to this fun night of general knowledge and laughter. The registration fee is $100 for a team of four players. Proceeds from this event will support programs of the Gloucester Rotary Club. The night will also feature a 50/50 raffle, a cash bar, and light snacks for purchase. Registration forms may be obtained any Gloucester Rotary Club member or downloaded at www.gloucesterrotary.org.

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Aging Together: A Summit to Explore Building a Community for All Ages

ADF-Logo-2018-sm-01Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann, SeniorCare Inc. and the four communities of Cape Ann will host “Aging Together,” a free summit to explore how Cape Ann can become a place where all residents–regardless of age or health status–can thrive.

The Aging Together Summit will take place on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 10am-2pm, at The Elks at Bass Rocks, located at 101 Atlantic Road in Gloucester, and will feature speakers on the topics of aging and dementia, lunch, and a resource fair. The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required for this event. To register, please visit www.ADFCA.org.

All Cape Ann residents are encouraged to attend, including people of all ages, older adults, caregivers, persons living with dementia, and professionals who work or live on Cape Ann.

The Aging Together Summit is made possible through a grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

To learn more about Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann or to register for the Summit, please visit our website www.ADFCA.org.

Confused about Medicare?

2013-new-SHINE-logoAre you, a friend or a loved one turning 65, or thinking about retiring? Are you confused about Medicare? You are not alone!

There will be an “Introduction to Medicare” informational session Wednesday evening, April 17, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., at SeniorCare, located at 49 Blackburn Circle in Gloucester. Learn about the structure of Medicare, when to enroll, and how to choose plans that suit you, your lifestyle and your overall health.

This session will be presented by a certified SHINE Counselor, providing free, unbiased, Medicare health insurance information, and is intended to guide participants through all of their options. Be an empowered, educated consumer!

To register for this event, call 978-281-1750 or register online at www.seniorcareinc.org.