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PACE at ELDER SERVICE PLAN OF THE NORTH SHORE


PACE at Elder Service Plan of the North Shore, Inc. would like to highlight one of our dietitians!  Meg DeRosa, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian (RD) through the Commission on Dietetic Registration and a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LDN) through the state of Massachusetts.  She received her degree in Nutritional Sciences at the University of New Hampshire.  Her internship was completed at St. Joseph’s College in Connecticut.  She originally worked in food-service as an RD, however after she had her son, she saw an opening at PACE and changed careers.  Although she was nervous about making a change from food service to nutrition counseling at PACE, she is glad she did.  She enjoys working with the elderly and loves the PACE model as the goal is to keep participants in their homes.  She likes working with participants on their own personal goals and helping them to improve their nutrition, as it is important to have good nutrition to have good overall health.  She collaborates daily with different team members to help serve the participants in the best way possible.  Meg grew up in Salem, NH and after traveling around New England, settled in her hometown with her husband and two sons, who are 8 and 18. 

 

As a dietitian, Meg helps people with all of their food goals such as loosing weight, gaining weight, maintaining a healthy weight as well as helping people with different food issues and concerns such as allergies, special diets etc.  She does this in collaboration with the whole PACE team, a group of dynamic skilled clinicians and healthcare professionals who comprise our “Interdisciplinary Medical Team”  such as our Physicians (all of our  MD’s are also Geriatricians) RN’s, Behavioral Health Dept., Social Workers, Physical Therapists etc.  They work together to treat our participants in a comprehensive way, as a whole, together, so the care they receive is not fragmented.  It is streamlined, efficient & cost effective.

 

You can learn more about PACE, including Meg and one of our very own participant’s “Chickie” who is going to share her own success story on how PACE helped her get her life back, by attending a very special speaking engagement on Wednesday, March 5 at 8:30 a.m. at Beverly Hospital’s Lecture Hall, entitled Mindful Eating: Compelling Stories & Tips for Changing Eating Habits to Improve Your Health  It is part of the Sen-Net (Senior Networking) meetings, the premier forum for networking and education for the community of Essex County and elder service professionals.  If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to Jennifer Wenger by Feb. 28 at 978-587-6112 or email jwenger@nhs-healthlink.org

 

If you think you have a client who would benefit from the PACE program, as they are looking for an alternative to a nursing home placement, please call me, Carol Pallazolla, at 978-283-7375 ext. 5525 or email cpallazolla@pacenorthshore.org and we can explore their options!  PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) is a non-profit organization who’s goal is to keep individuals, age 55+, safe at home with our coordinated healthcare services and support.  We now serve 43 towns as we have expanded into the Merrimack Valley.  Thank you!  www.pacenorthshore.org

Carol B. Pallazolla

Education and Outreach Coordinator

(in the office Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays)

 

Elder Service Plan of the North Shore, Inc. is a member of the

non-profit, national organization called:

PACE ~ Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly

www.pacenorthshore.org

 

29A Emerson Avenue

Gloucester, MA 01930

w 978-283-7375 ext. 5525

d 978-675-9525

c 978-879-7652

f 978-283-1588

cpallazolla@pacenorthshore.org

Information & Referral Line 877-803-5564

TTY 781-715-6688