To foster joy in the hearts and lives of those we serve, by providing fun and entertainment through meaningful activity and social engagement, shared in a spirit of friendship, care and compassion, engendered with the dignity, respect and sensitivity that older adults deserve.
Health care and social care have long been viewed as two separate needs; however, they are not. Both are equally important for better health and quality of life, at all ages and stages.
A "warm body" approach to care and companionship is no longer acceptable. It is now a social imperative to foster opportunities for social engagement, to encourage curiosity and provide options for intellectual growth, and, to facilitate life joy for those who are lonely, isolated, vulnerable or simply unable to manifest it for themselves.
Like everyone else, older adults (and others in care) want and deserve more than just the basics. They need the same kind of connection and stimulation, fun and enjoyment that most of us enjoy on a daily basis.
Meriatrics has been founded to pave the way to more fulfilling lives for older adults. As we move our mission forward, we hope to raise awareness of these fundamental issues and to inspire greater understanding and compassion toward older adults.
Founder of Meriatrics
Author/Creator of The Reminder Book
Meriatrics was founded in 2018 by Emma (Cormier) Donnelly. Her long-held vision for Meriatrics has been inspired by personal and professional experiences in providing end-of-life care to others, as well as geriatric care, companionship and memory support to older adults.
Originally from Andover, MA, Ms. Donnelly is the author/creator/self-publisher of "The Reminder Book", a self-help aid for those with memory loss, especially those in care transition. She is also the founder of A.R.E. Advocates, a NH-based small business dedicated to empowering others.
Emma C. Donnelly
Previously, Ms. Donnelly served as a flight attendant for United Airlines for 33 years, until her retirement in 2012.
She has also served in various volunteer capacities -- as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children (MA), a Big Sister mentor for young girls (CA) and an ambassador volunteer for Exeter Hospital (NH). She also assists her church parish as an outreach volunteer on the Correspondence Committee.
Prior to the passing of her late husband, John F. Donnelly, in 1994, Ms. Donnelly also worked as a citizens' advocate in Methuen, MA, where she was also a candidate for mayor.