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Councils on Aging Update

Updated May 27, 2020

Councils on Aging (COAs) and Senior Centers are not yet open to the public. While their buildings are closed, COAs do have staff available to assist residents and are providing a variety of services to the public. COAs/Senior Centers should be called directly regarding what is available. The list below includes highlights only.

Many Senior Centers will remain closed through the summer while others are in discussion to open in a limited capacity during the summer months. This page will be updated with opening dates as soon as that information becomes available.

Many of the COAs have shifted programming online and/or to local cable channels. Even if consumers aren’t online, they may be able to call in for some of the COA activities or groups. Call your COAs directly to find out what is available.

The information here is valid as of May 27, 2020, but is subject to change. Please confirm service availability with your COA.

Beverly Council on Aging, 978-921-6017

http://www.beverlyma.gov/departments/council-on-aging/

https://www.facebook.com/beverlycouncilonaging/

  • Programming has moved online and to local cable television station – Check out their website and Facebook page for schedules
  • Transportation program has been suspended by order of the mayor
  • Grab and Go lunches available at this site
  • Staff, including outreach and social work, are available via phone during regular business hours: 978-921-6017
  • Mayor’s office is coordinating mask distribution and is sending people out to deliver cloth masks to residents
  • AARP Tax Preparers team that is usually at Beverly Senior Center have decided not to do it this year.
  • Online weekly email newsletter is sent to everyone for whom they have email addresses, call Senior Center to be added to the list.

Essex Council on Aging and Senior Center, 978-768-7932

https://www.essexma.org/essex-senior-center-council-aging

https://www.facebook.com/EssexCOA/

  • Working with Acord and Open Door Food Pantries to deliver groceries weekly to those who can’t get to the pantries..
  • Free shopping service available for Essex older adults and immune compromised individuals who don’t have someone to pick up supplies for them. This is a zero contact system, all products are wiped down with disinfectant before they are left with people. Residents are asked to provide a list that will be given to a volunteer shopper. Volunteers are from Gordon-Conwell Seminary and local churches and have been trained in safe delivery protocol. Pay at delivery by check, cash or by Paypal or Venmo. Call the COA For further details.
  • COA is coordinating an intergenerational pen pal program
  • Virtual programming continuing and expanding, participation has been good.
  • Little free food pantry – http://tinyurl.com/y8xnkl4h
  • It has been announced that the Senior Center will be closed until at least 7/1/20.
  • Grab and Go Meals available on Mondays only
  • About 65 households are picking up or having groceries delivered via the Senior Center
  • Setting up Care Bags, hoping to get out to people over the age of 80

Gloucester Council on Aging, Rose Baker Senior Center, 978-281-9765

https://gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?nid=291

  • Grab and Go lunches available at this site
  • No grocery delivery available through the COA
  • Continuing to do outreach and available by phone
  • Delivery of garbage bags available – residents are no longer able to buy them at the Senior Center as the building is closed.
  • Mask donations have come in and are being distributed to residents, available for pick-ups and delivery. Call the Senior Center

Hamilton Council on Aging, 978-468-5595

https://www.hamiltonma.gov/government/council-on-aging/

https://www.facebook.com/Hamilton-Council-on-Aging-and-Senior-Center-436942889835081/

  • Hamilton Housing Authority and the ACORD Food Pantry are delivering about 50 “go” bags each week that are put together by the staff at the Hamilton Council on Aging. Bags are delivered to Housing Authority residents.
  • Free Shopping Service available for Hamilton-Wenham older adults and immune compromised individuals who don’t have someone to pick up supplies for them. This is a zero contact system, all products are wiped down with disinfectant before they are left with people. Residents are asked to provide a list that will be given to a volunteer shopper. Volunteers are from Gordon-Conwell Seminary and local churches and have been trained in safe delivery protocol. Pay at delivery by check, cash or by Paypal or Venmo. Call the COA For further details.
  • Grab and Go meals available at this site, call for details.
  • Looking at mid-June to reopen the Senior Center in a very limited capacity and by appointment only.

Ipswich Council on Aging and Senior Center, 978-356-6650

https://www.ipswichma.gov/335/Council-on-Aging

https://www.facebook.com/Ipswich-Council-on-Aging-490674001017897/

  • Distributing handmade face masks to older adults
  • Senior Center programming has moved to the cable channel, 50+ job seekers group has moved to Zoom and will accept new members.
  • Grab and Go lunches available at this site
  • Coordinating a greeting card program, started by a community member. Cards are dropped off at the Senior Center, they hold onto the cards for a few days to make sure they are safe to deliver and then deliver them to an isolated resident.
  • Volunteer shoppers are available for groceries and prescription pick-up
  • Van service is available Monday through Friday for grocery shopping and prescription pick-up
  • The Open Door Ipswich Food Pantry is open Wednesday and Thursday with delivery available to Ipswich residents

Manchester Council on Aging, 978-526-7500

https://www.manchester.ma.us/371/Council-On-Aging

  • Distributing homemade cloth masks to any older adult resident in need. Any Manchester older adult looking for a mask should call the COA.
  • Transportation to food shopping and the pharmacy available. They give anyone who enters the van a cloth facemask and everyone on the van is required to wear a mask at all times.
  • COA van is also available to pick up curbside orders and drop them off at elders’ home, they are encouraging people to do curbside rather than ride the van. This includes grocery orders to Crosby’s and pharmacy at Allen’s, both in Manchester.
  • Johnny’s Produce is a vendor that usually supplies restaurants and market with produce, they are now shifting to deliver boxes of produce to the community. People can sign up for produce deliver and will get a box of mixed fruits and vegetables (similar to a CSA). Pay via Venmo. Johnny’s donated 17 boxes of produce to the COA this week, they divided it up and delivered about 50 fresh produce bags to residents

Rockport Council on Aging, 978-546-2573

https://www.rockportma.gov/rockport-council-aging

  • Distributing face masks to older Rockport residents as available.
  • Continuing to do outreach and available by telephone
  • The Friends of the Rockport COA group has purchased Walgreens gift cards to give out to elders in need. The COA has already given cards to every person living in senior housing and others who are low income and living in private homes. Some cards are still available for those experiencing financial hardship, call the COA for more information

Topsfield Council on Aging, 978-887-1523

https://www.topsfield-ma.gov/council-aging

  • Grab and go meals are available to older adults but are being distributed by Topsfield schools, COA can provide further information. COA is delivering meals to housing authority buildings
  • Volunteer shoppers are available for food shopping
  • Senior Center programming has moved online.
  • Distributing masks, some donated by RSVP program
  • Matching people one on one for those who need full grocery shopping service.

Wenham Council on Aging, 978-468-5529  

https://www.wenhamma.gov/town_government/departments/council_on_aging.php

https://www.facebook.com/COAWenham/

  • Van is running three days a week for shopping/pharmacy, giving cloth masks to all who enter the van
  • Will take people to Acord food pantry if needed or will pick up food from the pantry and deliver it to an elder’s home
  • Free shopping service available for Hamilton-Wenham older adults and immune compromised individuals who don’t have someone to pick up supplies for them. This is a zero contact system, all products are wiped down with disinfectant before they are left with people. Residents are asked to provide a list that will be given to a volunteer shopper. Volunteers are from Gordon-Conwell Seminary and local churches and have been trained in safe delivery protocol. Pay at delivery by check, cash or by Paypal or Venmo. Call the COA For further details.
  • Activities/classes have moved online