PACE program assists with Care, transportation

For Norm and Mary Jo Zarella of Lowell, Massacusetts, MASSPACE is a lifeline. “We would be lost without it,” Norm said. Mary Jo, who has been diagnosed with dementia, receives comprehensive care from doctor visits to day care while Norm con­tinues to work, and even has caregiver support at home. Monday through Friday an aide arrives at 6:30 a.m. to help Mary Jo with daily tasks as Norm readies for work. At 8:30 a.m. she gets a ride to Fallon Health’s Summit ElderCare pro­gram in Lowell where she spends her day socializing, eating meals and doing recreational activities until early afternoon, when she gets transportation home. Another aide meets her there to accompany her until Norm returns from work.

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