Who We Are

Senior Woman at the Seaside in a SweaterGLSS is a non-profit agency established in 1976 to serve those over 60, adults of all ages with disabilities, and their families in Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, and Swampscott. Many of our programs reach beyond our five-town service area, helping people throughout the North Shore.

  • We deliver over 200,000 “Meals on Wheels” to homes every year, and serve an additional 75,000+ meals at our 6 community cafés.
  • We provide over 600,000 rides annually for seniors and the disabled who live in 23 North Shore communities, including Boston.
  • We employ more than 600 trained staff, and have 100 caring people who donate their time to help.
  • We are a federal Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and also state certified as an Aging Services Access Point (ASAP).
  • We are a founding member of the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the Greater North Shore (ADRC).
  • We are part of the Mass Home Care network, a group of 30 non-profits dedicated to serving seniors in every city and town in Massachusetts, as well as the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4A), the umbrella organization for the 655 AAAs in the United States.

GLSS and its programs are funded, in whole or in part, by contract or grants with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Older Americans Act, local funds, foundations, and private contributions.

 GLSS Staff in Front of GLSS Building



Draft Area Plan
GLSS Proposed Area Plan on Aging 2018-2021

Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS) is a federal Area Agency on Aging serving persons living with disabilities, individuals sixty and older, and their caregivers who reside in Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, and Swampscott.

GLSS exists to provide, advocate for, and ensure the provision of a complete and interwoven array of social services, health services, education, and recreational programs for persons living with disabilities, individuals sixty and older, and their caregivers in our planning and service area.

As an Area Agency on Aging, GLSS administers funds – known as Title III funds – authorized by the federal Older Americans Act as administered through the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA). The proposed GLSS 2018-2021 Area Plan is intended to serve as a blueprint for the agency’s Title III-funded programs while also sketching out key elements of GLSS’s overall future directions.

Comments on the Area Plan draft may be directed to Susan Thomas, GLSS Planning Coordinator, by email at sthomas@glss.net, or phone 781-477-6707, or by letter to Greater Lynn Senior Service, 8 Silsbee Street, Lynn, MA 01901 until September 8, 2017.

Citizens are also invited to comment at a Public Hearing on Friday, September 8, 2017, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Lynn Senior Center, 8 Silsbee Street, Lynn, MA.

The Lynn Senior Center is wheelchair accessible. If any accommodations are needed, please contact Susan Thomas at sthomas@glss.net, 781-477-6707,or TTY 844-580-1926. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting.

 Click here for the draft area plan.

GLSS Draft Area Plan 2018-2021




GLSS in Depth
Cummings Foundation

Each year, Cummings Foundation awards grants of $100,000 each to 100 local nonprofits. This $10 million in funding supports a diverse range of causes, including human services, education, healthcare, and social justice. While some of these grants are made as single-year awards, most are multi-year awards, with payments spread over two to 10 years.

Greater Lynn Senior Services is proud to announce that they are a recipient of one of the awards.

According to Paul Crowley, “we are greatly pleased that the grant will support the expansion of GLSS’ Elder Mobile Mental Health Program (EMMH), to several North Shore communities.  The EMMH program delivers a range of critical mental health services to vulnerable elders and integrates them into the home environment.  In the past seven years GLSS has helped over 300 consumers improve the quality of their lives through the EMMH program."


100K Cummings Foundation

Contact Information


 Greater Lynn Senior Services.
  8 Silsbee Street
  Lynn, MA 01901 


 Phone: 1-781-599-0110
 Phone: 1-800-594-5164
 TTY:    781-477-9632
 TTY Toll Free: 844-580-1926
 Office Hours 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday
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