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



Area Plan & Annual Report
The Area Plan on Aging is submitted every four years to meet compliance standards, and more importantly, to develop a meaningful strategy for providing the particular supports to the older adults in our region.  The document articulates a plan of action for effectively allocating Title-III funded resources over the coming four years.  Responding to the specific instructions issued by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), including a comprehensive assessment of the needs of elders, their caregivers and adults with disabilities, Administration for Community Living strategic goals, EOEA goals and the goals and objectives for Greater Lynn Senior Services.

The GLSS 2014-2017 Area Plan on Aging is intended to vigorously implement current federal and state policy initiatives that necessitate stronger collaborations with the disability community, broader regional partnerships, and greater focus both on community health and on the essential role that an Area Agency on Aging must play in delivering true health care reform.  This Area Plan reflects the premise that a deep commitment to person-driven planning as well as a strong capacity to promote consumer engagement, health self-management, and enhanced mobility are fundamental to the successful implementation of these initiatives in general and of the Commonwealth’s Community First agenda in particular.

 Click here for the current area plan.

GLSS Area Plan 2014-2017


2013 Annual Report

 2013 GLSS Annual Report


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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