North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering Receives an Aging Achievement Award

North Shore Elder Services announces that the North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering (NSCHC) has been honored with an Aging Achievement Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a).  NSCHC was one of thirty local aging programs to receive honors at the n4a Annual Conference & Tradeshow this past July in San Diego, CA.  Accepting the honor was Clinical Hoarding Specialist for the NSCHC, Marnie Matthews, MSW, LCSW.

The 2016 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognizes Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Title VI Native American aging programs that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers.  A part of the criteria for the selection of the honorees was the ease with which other agencies could replicate the program in their communities.

“With the health care landscape continuing to change rapidly, our members are discovering new ways to position themselves in the long-term and health care marketplaces, as well as to strengthen long-standing services, to meet the needs of America’s rapidly growing older adult population, ” said n4a’s Chief Executive Officer Sandy Markwood.  “Our members work tirelessly, and with little fanfare in their communities, and this program enables us to shine a well-deserved spotlight on their critical work to support older adults’ health, safety, independence and dignity,” Ms. Markwood added.

Marnie Matthews describes the program and what it offers. “The NSCHC runs four support groups per week, 10 weeks at a time, year round. Hoarding Disorder is a chronic and progressive disorder that benefits significantly from on-going support and skills training. The number of groups being held at NSCHC is the result of an 85% retention rate of group members. The results of hoarding behavior often lead to the risk of eviction. NSCHC has developed a client-centered, multi-disciplinary collaborative approach that sets objective and reasonable expectations partnered with a system for monitoring and measuring progress that has proven successful in resolving the majority of cases referred.  In addition to the weekly support groups and training, NSCHC also offers individual and family counseling and crisis case management.”

The NSCHC along with Salem State University of Social Work will present “Hoarding Disorder: Advancing Understanding and Interventions” on Thursday, September 29th and Friday September 30th at the Double Tree by Hilton, 50 Ferncroft Rd., Danvers, MA. The NSCHC is bringing together several world-renowned experts to discuss the most current trends in treatment and intervention for hoarding disorder.  Participants will have the opportunity to gain insight into living with hoarding disorder and to learn about treatment, interventions, and programs that will help them better understand and address hoarding in their community. CEUs provided.

To learn more about the conference and to register, go to  There is an early-bird special discounted registration fee up until September 10. Contact Marnie Matthews, 978-624-2207 or at

Author Info

Jayne Girodat

Jayne Girodat is the Communications Specialist at North Shore Elder Services. Along with ten years in the position of Caregiver Support Specialist at another ASAP, Jayne was a long-distance caregiver to parents for the same amount of time. That experience serves as motivation to better understand the issues of aging and to engage people in conversations about those issues. Jayne's background in teaching contributes to her appreciation of social media as a tool to educate readers on aging concerns. "I love asking people questions. Everyone likes to be heard. When you ask and then listen, you'll find everyone has a story and some of those stories are gems. I think it is particularly important to hear the voices of our older adults. Those are the stories I really connect to and hope to bring to North Shore Elder Services' audience."

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