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Bridgewell, a non-profit organization that provides vocational opportunities to individuals with developmental and/or psychiatric disabilities, awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program. Bridgewell’s team delivers Meals on Wheels in Beverly and Ipswich. Picture (left to right): Elaine Heredeen, Linnea, Paula Curley, Joyce Burrier.
Grammas family, Lobsta Land hosting senior breakfast again
The Grammas family has been in the restaurant business a long time. And for as many years, the family has hosted a longtime Cape Ann tradition at their restaurant. But, it’s the story of how one family member came to do so that is at the heart of what makes Cape Ann and the North Shore a very special place.
George Grammas founded The Gull restaurant, and later purchased Lobsta Land, which is now operated by his son, Corey Grammas and his family. Long ago, Corey, was a volunteer for SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program, which delivers a nutritious meal to frail elders who are homebound.
Corey’s volunteerism showed him firsthand how local nonprofit services affected his neighbors in a positive way. It’s difficult to go into someone’s home, recognizing the difficulty that they might have without those services, and not want to do more.
So, the Grammas family, understanding the need, and being able to “do more,” generously makes their restaurant available each fall to sponsor the annual fundraiser breakfast that benefits SeniorCare Inc. This helps ensure that the services the agency provides to elders and disabled adults in the nine communities it serves – Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham – despite gaps in state or federal funding, can continue. The services help area seniors live more independently at home, and remain a part of each of those communities. In these days of financial uncertainty, this is no small gift from this dedicated family and their staff.
Lobsta Land is a local landmark and is dedicated to community involvement. In addition to SeniorCare, the family restaurant supports other local charities and events, including Gloucester Pride Stride, Gloucester Stage Company, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Fishermen Youth Soccer, Gloucester Little League, and Wellspring House. It all started with a volunteering spirit and a desire to contribute. Maybe – even more than the food, which is excellent – that’s why Lobsta Land is such a beloved part of the Gloucester landscape. It’s really more than just a place to eat, just as the Meals on Wheels that Corey once delivered are “more than just a meal” to the people who receive them. The volunteer spirit delivers more than a product, or a service. It delivers the message that someone cares.
We should all be so grateful for the volunteers who give of their time in the service of others. But even if we can’t find time to volunteer, we can contribute to the welfare of others. Because of people like the Grammas family, it’s as easy as taking a friend to breakfast on October 27 at Lobsta Land (84 Causeway Street, Gloucester), when the Annual SeniorCare Breakfast Fundraiser happens. Breakfast will be served from Breakfast will be served from 7:00 to 10:30 a.m, and tickets are $10 per person, in advance or at the door.
To get tickets, or to volunteer at SeniorCare, call 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050.
Thank you to our Sponsors
at the 2015 Volunteer Luncheon
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Living Wisely, Aging Well
Watch SeniorCare's discussion about Medicare and insurance issues with Mary Lou Crane and Lisa Rose
on CATV's Living Wisely, Aging Well video series.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Month at SeniorCare
It’s important to have a month and a day that focuses on bringing attention to the issue of Elder Abuse. June was World Elder Abuse Awareness Month and June 15, 2015 was World Elder Abuse Awareness day. But we must not forget that it is a daily issue.
Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or “trusted” individual that causes (or potentially causes) harm to a person 60 or older. 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 call SeniorCare at 978-281-1750 during business hours or the elder abuse hotline at 800-922-2275, after hours..
This year SeniorCare held rally’s in three of its nine town area and hopes to expand it to more towns next year. Gloucester was held June 11, 2015 at the Fitz Hugh Lane Parking Lot on Rogers St., Rockport was held June 12, 2015 at the five corners, and Beverly held its rally on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in front of the Cabot Theater. All three had signage and scores of people in support of bringing light to the horrendous crime of elder abuse.
SeniorCare is Comitted to stopping Elder Abuse!
Next June SeniorCare will expand rallies into other towns, and we are planning a short parade in Gloucester.