Live Well. Age Well.

How do you want to live the rest of your life?

The answer is far too important to leave to chance. At North Shore Elder Services, we believe that people can take control of their future through the decisions and actions they make today. Vitality does not come from a secret pill or magical cream. Healthy aging is in your hands. “To age well, you need to live well. It’s really that simple,” says Paul Lanzikos, Executive Director of North Shore Elder Services. “What we do is empower people to take charge of their health by focusing on lifestyle changes.”

Community Education Workshops

Matter of Balance – Matter of Balance acknowledges the risk of falling but emphasizes practical coping strategies to reduce this fear.  These strategies include promoting a view of falls and fear of falling as controllable, setting realistic goals for increasing activity, changing the environment to reduce fall risk factors, and promoting exercise to increase strength and balance.  The workshop is conducted over eight sessions, meeting weekly or twice weekly for two hours per session.  Meetings are led by trained leaders.  The program’s goal is to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, increase activity levels and confidence among older adults.  For more information, please contact Catherine O’Hara at


My Life, My Health – The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (My Life, My Health) is a participant education program developed by Stanford University and offered in communities in the United States and several other countries.  Participants are adults experiencing chronic health conditions such as:  hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and diabetes.  Family members, friends and caregivers can also participate.  The program provides information and teaches tools and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with a chronic health condition.  The overall goal is to enable participants to build self-confidence to assume an active role in maintaining their health and managing their chronic health conditions.  The workshop is conducted over six sessions, meeting weekly for two and one-half hours per session.  Sessions are led by two trained leaders.  For more information, please contact Catherine O’Hara at



Healthy Eating – Healthy Eating is a program for older adults who want to learn more about nutrition and how lifestyle changes can promote better health.  Based on the USDA MyPlate, the main components of the program include:  goal setting, problem solving, group support, nutrition education, self-assessment and management of dietary patterns.  The workshop is conducted over six consecutive two and one-half hour sessions.  A Healthy Eating restaurant outing one month after the sixth session is an optional seventh session.  The program is led by trained leaders with the support of a nutritionist or registered dietician.  Sessions are highly participatory and include an education component and hands-on activities.  For more information, please contact Catherine O’Hara at

Other Programs from North Shore Elder Services

NSES offers a variety of successful programs to ensure older adults can live life to the fullest. Most of the services are free, while others are low cost, and all are proven to deliver results.

Nutrition Counseling – Learn what food choices to make to maintain healthy bones and a healthy heart and how diet prevents the onset or progression of disease. Small changes can reap big rewards. North Shore Elder Services offers many nutrition services, click here to learn more

Improving Health Outcomes (IHO)– This program is designed for those consumers most at risk for hospitalization or nursing home placement due to difficulty with the management of their health condition, medications, or access to medical appointments.  The goal of the IHO program is to improve the quality of life for consumers who want to remain in the community.

Over the Rainbow Dinner Club for our LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) elders on the North Shore, meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the House of the Seven Gables in Salem, MA at 6:00 pm. Learn more about North Shore Elder Services’ Over the Rainbow Coalition here.

Kiosk for Living Well- This is a place where you can take advantage of virtual technologies, trained advisors, and proven techniques for considering ways to live your life as fully and as well as you wish. 

The Kiosks are specially designed to offer stimulating and fun experiences that can help people solve some of the problems that may be making it more difficult to manage daily life routines.

At a Kiosk for Living Well you can meet great people and participate in a variety of activities!  You’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of the tools, the space, the resources, and the trained advisors, including Options Counselors and Employment Counselors to help guide you any number of areas.  Click here for site locations and hours of operation.