Founder & LLC Manager

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Emma Donnelly

Emma (Cormier) Donnelly is originally from Andover, MA. She has extensive experience providing personal care, geriatric/memory support, home health assistance and end-of-life care to older adults. As the manager of Meriatrics  LLC, she's passionate about promoting and advancing their important social needs.

 

From 1979-2012, Emma was a flight attendant for United Airlines. She has also provided educational (SPED) support services to MA/NH public school students. She previously served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused/neglected children (Lawrence, MA) and advocate for citizens/ratepayers (Methuen, MA), where she was also a candidate for mayor.

 

In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, golf, travel, writing, cooking and dancing, as well as all Boston sports.

Founder's Message

 

Human connection is a golden thread woven through the tapestry of our lives. No matter our age, we are social beings. And our quality of life (as we all learned during pandemic quarantining) is largely dependent on connecting and sharing with others. 

 

Yet, when it comes to older adults, there's often a culture of indifference, whether due to ageism, insensitivity or a lack of understanding as to conditions that negatively impact older adults' social-emotional well-being. Consider the following: 

  • Social deficits for older adults usually result from conditions outside of their control, such as the death of a spouse, failing health, reduced mobility, loss of a driver's license, etc. ​

  • Living independently does not guarantee social engagement.

  • In-home care and support program tend to combine services (i.e. personal care, medical treatment, housekeeping, meal preparation, errands, etc.), often limiting time for quality one-on-one social engagement with clients. 

  • Long-term care programs usually provide group socialization and activity, but may not have the staffing or funding to address specific individual needs. ​

  • Family and friends may be unable to provide the desired level of social support, due to busy schedules, competing responsibilities, reduced proximity, etc.

It's our pleasure to serve the unique social needs of older adults. Please call on us anytime at 603.396.0426.