Author Archives for Ashley Preston

Garnish for Good: Letters for Salem’s Seniors!

November 24, 2020 10:01 am Published by Comments Off on Garnish for Good: Letters for Salem’s Seniors!

Please join us in spreading kindness this year by sharing notes of encouragement with our seniors affected by social isolation.  In partnership with the City of Salem, Salem Housing Authority, Essex County Community Foundation, and Salem Five, Root will prepare and deliver meals for senior residents at Salem Housing Authority this winter season. To help “garnish” these meals, we are...


Salem for All Ages Blog Post

October 17, 2020 7:33 pm Published by Comments Off on Salem for All Ages Blog Post

"Salem’s age-friendly initiative is for you. The goal of the original action plan remains the goal in the 4th year of the 5 year plan, to create a livable, safe, and vibrant city, to benefit all of our residents, regardless of age or ability." -Patricia Zaido


Internship at Salem COA named for senior advocate

October 9, 2020 12:32 pm Published by Comments Off on Internship at Salem COA named for senior advocate

“A new internship at the Salem Community Life Center honors former North Shore Elder Services Board President Katherine “Kay” Walsh. Alyssa Flynn, a senior in the School of Social Work at Salem State University, is the center’s first recipient of the Katherine Walsh Internship. Flynn got the chance to meet Walsh on Thursday at the Community Life Center and learn...


Salem for All Ages

October 4, 2020 1:13 pm Published by Comments Off on Salem for All Ages

In almost four years Salem has made tremendous strides to encourage active aging, provide opportunities for good health, inclusion and security, and to become even more a place that improves the quality of life for all the people of Salem as they age. In January 2017, Salem’s 5-year Age-Friendly Action Plan was approved by the World Health Organization and the...


Finding the Magic in Salem during a Pandemic

October 4, 2020 1:06 pm Published by Comments Off on Finding the Magic in Salem during a Pandemic

There are so many reasons to love Salem: the waterfront, the history, the architecture, the restaurant scene, the open space, the festivals, the farmers’ market, the changing seasons. This year much of what we love most about Salem and how we experience it has been altered by public health safety standards due to COVID-19, but there are still several ways...


Safe Reopening for Salem

October 4, 2020 12:55 pm Published by Comments Off on Safe Reopening for Salem

Salem, like the rest of Massachusetts, is beginning to reopen – slowly, safely, and based on science. The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed so much about our society. While the impacts to our economy, daily behavior, and social interactions have all been profoundly impacted, no impact is more heart wrenching than how many of our neighbors have suffered grievous, sometime...


Improving Safety & Accessibility in Salem while Creating Transportation Options

October 4, 2020 12:47 pm Published by Comments Off on Improving Safety & Accessibility in Salem while Creating Transportation Options

Over the past several years city staff, volunteers and partners who make up the Salem For All Ages Task Force have been evaluating and developing multiple programs, projects and services with the goal of establishing additional transportation options as well as improving the overall safety and accessibility for all users traveling in the city. The following is an update of...


Community Life Center Still Offering Programs for All Ages

October 4, 2020 12:42 pm Published by Comments Off on Community Life Center Still Offering Programs for All Ages

While the Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center is closed to the public, the Community Services division of the City has worked to engage older adults, youngsters, families, and veterans despite the limitations imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Salem Council on Aging team is offering exercise classes via Zoom and collaborating with SATV to offer wellness classes weekday...


Salem for All Ages and COVID-19

October 4, 2020 12:35 pm Published by Comments Off on Salem for All Ages and COVID-19

The City of Salem was certified by WHO and the AARP in January 2017 as an age-friendly community and is now in the fourth year of its five-year action plan. Like it did for many organizations and initiatives around the country, COVID-19 could have halted our process and our progress. We were, however, able to instead use the networks and...


Healthy through the Holidays

October 4, 2020 12:22 pm Published by Comments Off on Healthy through the Holidays

Is being healthy throughout the holidays and winter season important to you? Your Salem Public Health Nurse and Health Department want to help make that happen! The winter can be a challenging season for many people due to inclement weather and illnesses. Consistent with the Salem for All Ages initiative, it is important for us at the Salem Board of...


Salem is in the Business of Inclusion

October 4, 2020 12:16 pm Published by Comments Off on Salem is in the Business of Inclusion

Salem is a welcoming and inclusive place, and the efforts of the Salem for All Ages initiative is helping to strengthen those values. The work of the initiative has been guided since 2017 by the Salem for All Ages Action Plan and a critical part of that plan is a focus on social inclusion. Earlier this year the initiative launched...


What do I want to be when I grow up? I’m still working on that…

October 4, 2020 12:09 pm Published by Comments Off on What do I want to be when I grow up? I’m still working on that…

Most folks have an idea of what their ‘golden years’ will look like: taking care of yourself, doing what you what you want to do on your own timeline. If you live in Massachusetts, that also might include somewhere without snow. Too often, however, there are pieces of the puzzle that come together in a different way than expected. Physical...