"North Shore Senior Center has been a huge source of support to older adults and their family members for more than 60 years. Our support groups offer a safe place for people to share their joys and struggles as well as their knowledge and coping strategies with others who are experiencing similar issues," said Kathy Honeywell, director of Senior and Family Services.
North Shore Senior Center's Caregiver Support Program offers:
Supportive counseling: A family caregiver can meet one-on-one with a Caregiver Specialist to discuss issues, set goals or talk through feelings.
Respite care - provision of care for a loved one intended to give the caregiver a needed break. Services can be provided at home, in a nursing facility or Adult Day Program.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers: A six week educational series for family caregivers focusing on self-care, reducing stress, communicating more effectively and handling difficult emotions.
Caregiver support groups: A number of caregiver support groups are offered at various locations. Specific groups include those caring for people with memory loss, Parkinson’s disease, and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.
Gap-filling funds: A small grant that can be utilized to pay for something for a loved one that the caregiver cannot readily afford. This can be used to purchase things such as adaptive technology, medical supplies or a window air conditioner.
Special events: A caregiver celebration is held in November in honor of National Family caregiver month. Other educational or social events may be offered throughout the year.
The Mission of North Shore Senior Center is to foster the independence and well-being of older adults, enhance their dignity and self respect, and promote their participation in and contribution toward all aspects of community life.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the
number of seniors age 65 and older in 2010 was 40,228,712. The
projected number for 2030 is 72,091,915. Twenty years after that, the
number of seniors in the same category will be at 88,546,973. Those
seniors will have new needs and concerns not experienced by their
parents. Many will be disabled and greater numbers will suffer from dementia and experience increased isolation. Who will understand and meet their needs?
North Shore Senior Center will. We have been in the business of serving
seniors since 1956 and have built a reputation of caring, competence
and professionalism. We, better than many organizations, possess the
experience, combined with a vision for the future, that can sustain today’s
seniors and those of tomorrow. We are the “go to” community organization
for local clergy, police and community members who know of seniors
needing help or who need education themselves to address the needs of
older community or family members. Our reach even extends internationally
as we provide individual case management services to an increasing
number of local seniors with families living abroad.
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