Director’s Corner

Director’s Corner

Read the latest from our Executive Director, Cynthia Bjorlie MD.

The Thyroid Gland

January is (among other things) Thyroid Awareness Month. Here is some basic information about this fascinating little endocrine (hormone secreting) gland. The thyroid gland sits at the base of the neck under the Adam’s Apple. Normally it can’t be seen or felt. The thyroid gland controls metabolism of the body through the release of thyroid […]

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Coat Drive & Raffle

Help the homeless by donating a used coat and get a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to The Bancroft steak house or $100 certificate for Market Basket. Adult Foster Care of the North Shore (AFCNS) is partnering with Brightview Assisted Living in Danvers to collect coats, boots, winter hats, scarves and gloves. Items […]

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Vaping

E-cigarettes are battery operated devices that heat a liquid into an aerosol that is then inhaled into the lungs. This process (vaping) was introduced to the market in 2007. This year, vaping has been implicated in a newly described lung disease. The disease was described in Wisconsin where there were 53 cases with an average age of 19 years old. There […]

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Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy is an allergic contact dermatitis that is a delayed skin reaction to urushiol, the sap of the plant. An allergy is basically the body’s immune system reacting inappropriately to what it recognizes as a poison. The skin reacts a day or two after contact. Intensely itchy reddish blisters form in the areas that […]

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Hurray For Us!

We passed the accreditation process in the top group! In Massachusetts, every Adult Foster Care program has had to go through a year-long process of formal accreditation with a nationwide company to demonstrate proficiency, effectiveness, responsibility and financial stability. We worked with CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and not only passed but […]

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