COUNCILS ON AGING


Councils On Aging The Councils on Aging are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of the area’s senior citizens. The COA’s primary focus is to provide information on available resources, and to advocate for and refer clients to community agencies. They also offer health education and services, and a wide range of cultural, educational and recreational programs and activities, with an aim to promote healthy aging and as full participation as possible. The COA’s are run independently by each town. Programs and services vary. Below is a general description of the types of services available, followed by contact information in the various towns, where more complete information can be obtained. Programs and Services:Cultural, educational and recreational activities (board games; cards-poker, bridge, cribbage; painting, ceramics, woodcutting; art gallery; trips to museums, shows and musical events; needlepoint and knitting; tennis and hiking; lessons and courses; humanities seminars; bingo; movies, cook-outs, etc.)

Exercise classes (strength training; low impact aerobics; yoga)

Fuel Assistance intake site (all ages)

 

Groups and clubs (quilting; Red “Mad Hatters”; knitting; book club, etc.)

 

Health care insurance information (SHINE)

Hearing (tests)

Home visits (friendly visitor; coordinate home chore assistance program; home care referrals; home visits for homebound)

Legal and tax assistance

 

Medical equipment loans

 

Newsletter

 

Podiatrist

 

Public health programs (Blood pressure clinics; diabetes & cholesterol screening; flu and hepatitis vaccine clinics; diabetes monitoring, health education and prevention programs, wellness seminars, annual health fair, adult immunization program, emergency preparedness)

Senior dining (Meals on Wheels; congregate lunch; food pantry; cooking classes; men’s breakfast; others)

Senior safety support (telephone reassurance program and TRIAD program in conjunction with police; elders-at-risk assessment)

Social services assistance (help with financial needs, housing, Food Stamps and MassHealth applications)

Support groups (mental health; drug and alcohol; Helping our Women/cancer; domestic violence; hate crime victim; AIDS; caregivers; others)

Transportation (COA events; medical appointments; personal appointments; shopping)

And More

 

Area Councils on Aging:

Brewster

Chatham

Eastham

1405 Nauset Rd., N. Eastham, MA 02651

508-255-6164

Hours: Mon.-Thu. 8 am-4 pm, Fri. 8 am-3:30 pm

Director: Sandra Szedlak

Website: Eastham COA

Harwich

Orleans

150 Rock Harbor Road, Orleans, MA 02653

508-255-6333

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-4:30 pm

Director: Susan Curcio

Website: Orleans COA

Provincetown

26 Alden Street, Provincetown, MA 02657

508-487-7080

Hours:

Director: Valerie Carrano

Website: Provincetown COA

Truro

25 Library Lane, Truro, MA 02666

508-487-2462

Hours: Mon.-Thu. 8:30 am-4 pm, Fri. 8:30 am-1:30 pm.

Director: Cheryl Grenier

Website: Truro COA

Wellfleet

715 Old King’s Hwy, Wellfleet, MA 02667

508-349-2800

Hours: 8 am-4 pm Mon.-Fri.

Director: Suzanne Grout Thomas

Website: Wellfleet COA

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