Health Equity & Access

Health equity means everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.* This requires removing obstacles to health, such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences. AgeSpan is committed to advancing health equity in the communities we serve by providing access to services that help promote physical and mental health.

LGBTQ+ Senior Social Groups

The LGBTQ+ Senior Social Connection is a group that meets to address the unique needs and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender seniors as they age. Open to LGBTQ+ seniors and their caregivers, the group provides support, education, and resources to improve the quality of social engagement, and reduce anxiety and isolation. The group hosts a free monthly buffet-style dinner to encourage social interaction and group discussions, facilitated by a peer in an atmosphere of trust. Benefits include:

  • A community of friends who will listen, support, and encourage
  • Information about helpful programs and services for seniors and caregivers
  • An advocate when LGBTQ+ rights and safety are in jeopardy

To learn about group and sponsorship opportunities, contact Chaz Rudich at 978-946-1476 or 

Many local senior centers sponsor LGBTQ+ social groups for older adults. There are groups in Andover, Merrimac, and Tewksbury senior centers. Contact the senior centers for information.

Digital Access and Literacy

Many people either don’t have access to the internet or are not confident using the technology. AgeSpan helps individuals overcome barriers to digital access. We can provide eligible individuals with tablet computers, data plans, and training to connect them to online resources like social media, support groups, local news and information, civic events, religious services, and more.

For more information about our Digital Access Program or to make a referral, contact Digital Access Coordinator, Chelsea St. Jean, at 978-651-3097 or email 


Digial Access Program Referral Form

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*Source: What is Health Equity? A Definition and Discussion Guide, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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