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Councils on Aging Update

Updated Oct 5, 2020

The information here is valid as of Oct 5, 2020, but is subject to change. Please confirm service availability with your COA.

Many Councils on Aging (COAs) and Senior Centers have begun a limited reopening, some offering inside activities while others offer outdoor options only. Most COAs are offering online programming or programming via local cable channels. Whether their buildings are open, COAs do have staff available to assist residents and are providing a variety of services to the public. This document will be updated with opening information as it becomes available.

Beverly Council on Aging, 978-921-6017

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

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

  • Transportation services are resuming in a limited capacity, transporting a maximum of 3 passengers at a time per bus with one driver. Appointments are still required, with 48 hours advanced notice
  • You may come to the Senior Center for a scheduled appointment, activity or class. Call 978-921-6017 to sign up.
  • Programming continues online and on the local cable television station BevCam – Check out the website and Facebook page for schedules
  • Grab and Go lunches are available at this site
  • Online weekly email newsletter is sent to everyone for whom they have email addresses, call Senior Center to be added to the list.
  • Staff, including outreach and social work, are available via phone during regular business hours

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

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

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

  • Some outside activities are available, see newsletter or call for further information
  • Transportation for medical appointments and grocery shopping is available, call to sign up.
  • Grab and Go Meals available on Mondays and Thursday, call to register in advance
  • Friday grocery distribution from Acord and Open Door is offered twice per month, please contact the Senior Center to register
  • COA is coordinating an intergenerational pen pal program
  • Virtual programming continuing and expanding
  • Staff, including outreach and social work, are available via phone during regular business hours

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

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

  • The Rose Baker Senior Center building is not yet open to the public, see newsletter for upcoming outdoor activities including outdoor luncheons through the Fall and online/cable tv events.
  • Grab and Go lunches available Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri at this site; call to register
  • No grocery delivery available through the COA
  • Friendly call program available
  • Continuing to do outreach and available by phone
  • Discounted rubbish bags are available, please call to schedule an appointment.
  • Lucy Sheehan, former Gloucester COA Director, has retired, a new Director of Elder Services has started. Her name is Elise Sinagra and she can be reached at esinagra@gloucester-ma.gov
  • Discounted senior trash bags available in the Senior Center parking lot by appointment between 10 and 2:00.  Call us for details.
  • Staff, including outreach and social work, are available via phone during regular business hours

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/

  • The Senior Center is slowly reopening with planned programs only. For everyone’s safety, it is not open for other uses at this time. Visitors must make an appointment or register with the COA, before attending anything at the Senior Center. No walk-ins are allowed for any event. There are tents and chairs outside for use at any time, without reservations.
  • Cape Ann Transportation is the transportation provider for the Town of Hamilton. Service is Monday through Friday for medical and non-medical appointments to Hamilton, Wenham, Beverly, Manchester, Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Ipswich, Rowley, Salem, Peabody and Danvers. Call 978-238-7916 to make a reservation at least 2 days ahead of your appointment.
  • Daily calls are going out to seniors on the RUOK program. If someone would like to receive a daily phone call to check on them, call the Senior Center
  • SHINE appointments are available via telephone, call to make an appointment.
  • Volunteers are available for yard work and helping seniors do their food shopping.
  • The COA has some blue bags available for any senior who has need of them for weekly garbage disposal.

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/

  • Senior Center building is open both inside and outside for programming.  The Senior Center is open all day but people are encouraged to make appointments to come 9:00  – 11:00 and 1:00 – 3:00. Limited numbers of people are allowed in the building and in the tent at any given time. Drop-ins are accepted as long as numbers allow. Other programming is available online, see newsletter or call the COA for details.
  • Van service is available Monday through Friday for medical appointments, grocery shopping, and prescription pick-up
  • Volunteer shoppers are available for groceries 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

  • Some in person programming will be taking pace in the Fall, call the COA for further details. Call the Senior Center for SHINE appointments or other needs.
  • Transportation services to medical appointments and shopping available. Transportation service will also pick up curbside pharmacy and food orders and drop them off at elders’ home.
  • Staff, including outreach and social work, are available via phone during regular business hours
  • Delivering bagels and pastries to Senior Housing. Produce delivery is also sometimes available.

Rockport Council on Aging, 978-546-2573

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

  • Some programming such as the Mobile Market are not taking place outdoors. COA staff are doing increased one-on-one outreach for residents living in the community. Other programming has been moved online.
  • Grab and Go lunches are available at this site
  • Distributing face masks to older Rockport residents as available.
  • No plans to open Senior Center as of yet.
  • Teachers have been holding their classes online on Zoom.
  • Resuming the Mobile Market outdoors, items will be pre-bagged. Will deliver bags to those who are uncomfortable coming out.

Topsfield Council on Aging, 978-887-1523

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

  • All Topsfield Town Hall Departments, including Topsfield COA, are open for essential, in-person appointments during regular Town Hall hours (Mon – Thurs 8 AM – 4 PM; Fri. 9 AM – 12 PM) by reservation only. Most COA programming has transitioned online.
  • Volunteer shoppers are available for food shopping and to run errands
  • In collaboration with the health department, the COA is distributing masks
  • Topsfield residents needing food, personal care products, and other grocery items should contact Top Cupboard Food Pantry at (978) 807-8775
  • Friendly Callers program available for those who would benefit from a periodic call
  • Topsfield COA has implemented a Computer Loan Program to reduce social isolation and encourage engagement through virtual programs

Wenham Council on Aging, 978-468-5529  

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

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

  • Senior Center building is closed for group activities. Some outdoor activities are taking place, including bocce. Other programming has moved online, see newsletter or call the COA for details. COA staff available by telephone.
  • Transportation services are running for medical appointments, shopping, banking, etc. Call COA to schedule a ride.
  • 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.
  • Pen Pal program – Limited in duration, assigned questions and they go back and forth. Everything from talking about their life to writing haikus.