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Who is this program for?

A Matter of Balance Falls Prevention Workshops are for older adults in our five communities and beyond who have concerns about falling.

Health Self-Management Workshops are for adults of all ages living with one or more ongoing health conditions in our five communities and beyond.

Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults™ is for people interested in learning more about how diet and lifestyle changes can improve overall health and well-being.


Where can I get more information?

Contact Jousette Anaya, Wellness Pathways Program Coordinator, at 781-586-8530 or by e-mail at

To learn more about aging services in Massachusetts, call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636) or visit

Wellness Pathways

The Wellness Pathways program at GLSS is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of individuals in our communities.  This program is committed to building a culture of wellness, where individuals are engaged, educated, and empowered to achieve total health.

Wellness Pathways offers a number of free workshops that are proven to help adults of all ages living with ongoing health conditions and older adults who have concerns about falling or want to learn more about how nutrition and lifestyle can affect overall health and well-being.

Workshops meet once a week for several hours for a period of 6-8 weeks and are held at a variety of convenient community locations.  Our small, supportive classes for independent adults encourage new friendships with people who understand how you feel and will celebrate your successes.

Workshops are free, and caregivers are welcome to attend with participants.


A Matter of Balance Falls Prevention Workshops

Do you have concerns about falling?

If you are worried about falling, you might limit your activity as a result. This can have a negative effect on your health and well-being. This workshop helps participants set reasonable goals for increasing activity; improve strength and balance; and learn about how to make changes to their living environment to reduce risk factors for falls.

Six months after taking A Matter of Balance, participants report that:

  • ...are more comfortable talking about their fear of falling.
  • ...feel comfortable increasing activity
  • ...plan to continue exercising
  • ...would recommend this workshop to others.

What participants say: “I seem to be more aware of every situation for my safety.  I now ‘stop, look, and listen’ to my surroundings.”

A Matter of Balance is an evidence-based workshop developed by researchers at Boston University.

Disponible en Español. 


Health Self-Management Workshops

Are you living with an ongoing health condition?

Chronic diseases affect one out of every ten Americans, people of all ages and from all walks of life. Our health self-management workshops can help you take control and start living again. You’ll learn practical strategies and skills that can help you feel better and improve your quality of life. Share what you know and learn from others who are living with similar challenges.

Workshops include programs for people living with one or more chronic diseases, as well as programs specific to conditions like diabetes.

These evidence-based workshops were developed by researchers at Stanford University.

What participants say:  “I love the Action Plan.  I’m not really a ‘goal-setting’ kind of person, but I can do anything in a week.”

Disponible en Español:Tomando Control de su Salud.  


Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults™

Do you want to learn more about nutrition and healthy lifestyle?

Making small changes to your diet and lifestyle can make a big difference in how you feel.  The program focuses on heart-healthy and bone-healthy nutrition strategies to improve wellness and prevent disease.  This workshop is based on the USDA’s “My Plate” program.  

What participants say:  “I’m buying more fresh produce and eating fewer prepared foods.”

Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults™is part of the Model Programs Project sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) with funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation.  NCOA provides national leadership and oversight for the program originally developed by Lahey Clinic and now revised and administered by Hebrew Senior Life.

This program is being disseminated by an Evidence Based Disease Prevention (EBDP) grant awarded by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Hebrew Senior Life, Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, and Action for Boston Community Development.

Program Brochures

Wellness Pathways Programs

Click on the appropriate brochure to download it. 

A Matter of Balance Brochure
The Spanish Matter of Balance Brochure
Healthy Eating Brochure
Health Self-Management Brochure
Spanish Chronic Disease Brochure