Senior Center / Council on Aging

Welcome!
The Chelmsford Senior Center is open to senior citizens,60 years and over, from Chelmsford and area communities. The Chelmsford Senior Center is dedicated to helping seniors in various ways. If you have any questions, or would like to know more about our services and programs, please feel free to call, come by or send an email. The Center is open Monday through Friday 8:30AM - 4:00PM.    


       

ACTIVITIES       
Exercise
Computer Classes
Holiday Parties
Needlework
Senior Band
Water Color Class
Blood Pressure Screening   
Counseling
Billiards
Dancing
Movies
Senior Chorus
Cribbage
Support Groups 
Bridge
Poker
Bone Builders
Seminars
TOPS- Take Off Pounds Sensibly
Bingo 
Ping Pong


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Chelmsford Council on Aging
Resource Guide Available!

Meals on Wheels Drivers needed. Please call Elena at 978-788-6172.

BUS SERVICE - CALL 978-251-0533
For senior citizens who need to go food shopping and other transportation needs within Chelmsford. Transportation to medical appointments within Chelmsford and into Lowell only, must be made a week ahead. Within town, $1.50 each way. Medical trips to Lowell or Westford, $2.50 each way. Make reservation at least 48 business hours prior to appointment.

CHELMSFORD ADULT SOCIAL DAY PROGRAM
If you know an elder who is experiencing isolation, dementia, depression, or insufficient mental and/or physical stimulation, please consider the Chelmsford Adult Social Day Program.  We provide a supervised, caring atmosphere Monday through Friday from 8:30-3pm for eligible seniors, while also providing respite and peace of mind for caregivers. Participants receive individual and group attention in a structured setting. Our program of activities and exercise builds confidence and self-esteem while providing fun and socialization for our clients.  For more information please call Colleen Normandy, LSW at 978-788-6178.

COMPANION-RESPITE CARE
This cost-effective program (for local area residents) allows the caregiver much needed personal time for themselves, out of the house, getting a break, while the Client receives supervision through activities, a light meal (if needed) and companionship. The program is managed by a Companion Coordinator with an experienced staff of Companions available to meet the needs of each client.  For more information, call or see Betty Chaput at the Senior Center, 978-788-6174.

COMPUTER ACCESS
Six computers are available, with Windows 98 and Internet access. Call the Senior Center at 978-251-0533 to schedule a time for computer help. 

CONGREGATE LUNCH
Monday through Friday 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM. Meet your friends and make new ones as you join us for a delicious and nutritious meal. The food is prepared and cooked at the Senior Center and served cafeteria style in our bright and sunny dining hall. Contribution: $2.50 for 60 and older. $4.50 for all under 60. Reservations should be made by 10:00 AM of the day you plan to eat at the Center. Call 978-251-0533.

ELDER CARE ADVISORS
How can an Elder Care Advisor help me? An Elder Care Advisor will visit your home to assist with planning and provide an assessment, recommendations & resources to meet your unique needs. The Advisor will be available for short-term follow-up to be sure your needs have been met. Thanks to the new Lifetime Elder Care Advice program, assessment, advice and referral services are absolutely FREE to all elders and their family members in the Lifetime service area. Call your local Elder Care Advisor: Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 5, Lawrence, MA 01843. Phone 800-892-0890 or 978-683-7747. Fax 978-687-1067.  TTY 800-924-4222. Click here to visit them on the web.

FITNESS ROOM
The Fitness Room features the latest state-of-the-art equipment, much of it designed with seniors in mind.  The 1000 square foot space holds commercial grade cardio equipment including treadmills, total body recumbent steppers and elliptical machines.  All cardio machines face three flat-screened TV’s and stations can be changed upon request.  Strength training equipment includes lateral pull downs, a chest press, upper back and leg press, and a dumbbell rack with various size weights.  The strength equipment utilizes compressed air to eliminate the need to change weights for varied resistance and can be adjusted by fingertip control. The entire Fitness Room has Wi-Fi throughout for smartphone music play (please use own earpieces/earbuds), exercise logs (personal USB Memory Stick accessible or paper forms), and storage lockers for personal items.  Please call or visit the Senior Center for membership and/or trial membership information.  978-251-0533.

FRIENDS CAFE
The new WiFi Café, which has now been officially named the Friends Café, offers our seniors a vibrant and modern space as an alternative destination in which to socialize with new people, keep up on current events, and possibly learn a few new computer skills.   In addition to this new and bustling social scene, the Café will be offering healthy drink and snack options, casual indoor/outdoor seating, periodic computer training, and free WiFi access. 

Not only does the Café offer a new place for individual seniors to gather but is quickly becoming a new place for small groups to hold meetings rather than their normal local donut shop chain or fast food restaurant.  And during the warmer months, the newly installed pergola and outdoor furniture make the large attached porch the ideal setting for enjoying a beverage with friends, holding a meeting, or just enjoying the sights and sounds of the surrounding environment.  

FUEL ASSISTANCE
Assist with the processing of applications for financial aid in the payment of fuel bills (November to April). Call the Senior Center for a confidential appointment 978-251-0533. Citizens Energy can help with a delivery of half price heating oil. Call 1-877-563-4645 or your local fuel assistance agency. If you are over 65 years old, or if someone you know is having a hard time heating their home, help is only a phone call away.

INTER GENERATIONAL PROGRAMS
The Senior Center is proud to be a participant in programs designed to promote closer relationships and better understanding among community members of all ages.

LIBRARY
Well stocked library with books in regular and large print, video and audio tapes and magazines are available.

MEALS ON WHEELS
Provides home delivered meals to those who are home-bound. Home-bound seniors can have a well-balanced meal delivered five days a week; the same menu is served at the Senior Center and described in the Senior Messenger. Contribution is $2.50. Our volunteer drivers will carry the meal into your kitchen or hand it to you at the door, whichever you prefer.

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOANS
Walkers, wheelchairs, commodes, canes, and shower chairs are available for as long as needed free of charge to Chelmsford residents. Donations of equipment also appreciated. 

NETWORKING
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., is a public, non-profit Home Care Corporation and resource for information and referrals. 1-800-892-0890.


NEWSLETTER
The Chelmsford Senior Center Messenger is mailed monthly, free, to all senior citizens in town, thanks to funding from the Friends of the Senior Center, Inc. For information about subscriptions or address changes, call the Senior Center, 978-251-0533.      

OUTREACH
Outreach staff do home visits, check on seniors in the hospitals, provide information and referrals and respond to emergency situations. For more information, please call 978-251-0533 during business hours.

PHARMACY ADVANTAGE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM
The Executive Office of Elder Affairs implements a prescription drug insurance plan for Massachusetts residents over the age of 65 and also low income disabled residents under the age of 65. It will provide eligible residents with an option for affordable prescription drug insurance. The Plan is open to all residents regardless of income. Those who choose to participate in the program will pay premiums, deductibles and co-payments on a graduated rate based on gross household income, and the Commonwealth will pay the premiums and deductibles for determined low income enrollees. Call 1-800-AGE-INFO to obtain an application. For those presently enrolled in the Senior Pharmacy Program or the Pharmacy Program Plus, you are only guaranteed eligibility and must take the necessary action to indicate your wish to join the new plan by completing the required application.

SENIOR TAX REBATE PROGRAM
Enables seniors to work 74 hours of municipal service and receive up to $665.00 rebate on their tax bill. There is no 'means' test, but the senior must be a town resident, over 60 years of age and pay taxes on their home. Applications are available at the Senior Center.

SHINE - SERVING HEALTH INFORMATION NEEDS OF ELDERS
SHINE is a health benefits counseling program sponsored by the Council on Aging and provides a health benefit counselor who has been trained and certified by Elder Affairs. The purpose of the program is to ensure that elders have access to accurate, unbiased information regarding health insurance. Appointments can be made with the counselor by calling the Senior Center at 978-251-0533.

TAX ASSISTANCE
Tax-aide counselors from the program sponsored by the AARP will be available at the Senior Center during the tax season. Call the Senior Center 978-251-0533 for schedule information and a list of the information you should bring with you.

TREASURE SHOP
Staffed by volunteers, the Treasure Shop offers a wide selection of low cost quality items. The selection changes frequently as popular items are discovered and new favorites are donated.  There is always something for everyone.  Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

TRIPS
Researched, planned and organized by our trip committee, there are both day trips and overnight excursions to interesting and exciting places.


Access information about when and where the Council on Aging Board meetings are, details about the board, and see the list of members involved in the board.