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Senior Centers and Councils on Aging

Wellesley’s Town Hall
Wellesley’s Town Hall represents one of the most spectacular architectural sites in MetroWest/Photo by Douglas Flynn

Councils on Aging (COAs) are local volunteer organizations that offer information and direct services to seniors, their caregivers and other people with aging issues.

COAs are part of the local government, and work with other senior agencies and city/town departments to provide social, recreational, health, safety and educational programs for seniors in their communities. Most COAs operate Senior Centers for area residents age 60 or older.

Most Councils on Aging offer these services:

  • information and referrals
  • outreach
  • help with applications for public benefits
  • SHINE health insurance counseling
  • exercise and fitness programs
  • home-delivered and congregate meals
  • transportation
  • health screenings and clinics
  • volunteer opportunities
  • senior center

Some COAs also offer:

  • computer training
  • arts and crafts
  • continuing education programs
  • day trips
  • tax assistance
  • friendly visiting and telephone reassurance
  • movies and live entertainment
  • book groups
  • food shopping assistance
  • peer support groups
  • supportive day care
  • legal assistance
  • errands and handyman service
  • cards, billiards, and other games
  • senior newsletter

Services and programs vary by location. Some programs are free; others ask for a donation or charge a fee.

Senior Centers/Councils on Aging in MetroWest:

Ashland
Director: Joanne Duffy
Address: 162 West Union Street, Upper Level
Ashland, MA 01721
Phone: 508-881-0140
Email: elderservices@ashlandmass.com
Website: www.ashlandmass.com/
172/Elder-Services

Bellingham
Director: Carolyn Roycroft
Address: 40 Blackstone Street
Bellingham, MA 02019
Phone: 508-966-0398
Email: croycroft@bellinghamma.org
Website: www.bellinghamma.org/Pages
/BellinghamMA_SeniorServices/index

Dover
Director: Janet Claypoole
Address: Caryl Community Center, Room 116
4 Springdale Avenue (Mailing address P.O. Box 250)
Dover, MA 02030
Phone: 508-315-5734
Email: coa@doverma.org
Website: www.doverma.org/town-government
/town-offices/council-on-aging-2/

Framingham
Director: Grace O’Donnell
Address: Callahan Center
535 Union Avenue
Framingham, MA  01702
Phone: 508-532-5980
Email: Council.on.Aging@framinghamma.gov
Website: www.framinghamma.gov/index.aspx?nid=360

Franklin
Director: Karen Alves
Address: 10 Daniel McCahill Street
Franklin, MA 02038 
Phone: 508-520-4945
Website: http://www.franklinma.gov/
franklin-senior-center

Holliston
Director: Linda Marshall
Address: 150 Goulding Street
Holliston, MA 01746
Phone: 508-429-0622
Website: www.townofholliston.us/senior-center

Hopedale
Director: Carole Mullen
Address: 43 Hope Street (inside the Community House)
Hopedale, MA 01747
Phone: 508-634-2208
Email: hopedalecoa@comcast.net
Website: www.hopedale-ma.gov/Public_Documents
/HopedaleMA_COA/index

Hopkinton
Director: Cynthia Chesmore
Address: 28 Mayhew Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
Phone: 508-497-9730
Email: hopedalecoa@comcast.net
Website: www.hopkintonma.gov/home
/government/departments/senior

Norfolk Grange Hall
Looking up at a bright blue sky above the
Norfolk Grange Hall /Photo by Stephen Corso

Hudson
Director: Janice Long
Address: 29 Church Street
Hudson, MA 01749
Phone: 978-568-9638; 978-568-9639
Website: www.townofhudson.org/
Public_Documents
/F00014246/Index

Marlborough
Director: Trish Pope
Address: 40 New Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
Phone: 508-485-6492
Website: www.marlborough-ma.gov/Gen/MarlboroughMA
_SeniorSrvc/index

Medfield
Director: Roberta Lynch
Address: One Ice House Road
Medfield, MA 02052
Phone: 508-359-3665
Website: thecenteratmedfield.com/

Medway
Director: Courtney Riley
Address: 76 Oakland Street
Medway, MA 02053
Phone: 508-533-3210
Website: www.townofmedway.org/council-aging

Mendon
Director: Amy Wilson Kent
Address: 62 Providence Street
Mendon, MA 01756
Phone: 508-478-6175
Email: coa@mendonma.gov
Website: www.mendonma.gov/council-on-aging

Milford
Director: Susan Clark
Address: 60 North Bow Street
Milford, MA 01757
Phone: 508-473-8334
Website: milford.ma.us/pages/departments
/senior-center.php

Millis
Director: Patty Kayo
Address: 900 Main Street
Millis, MA 02054
Phone: 508-376-7047
Website: www.millis.org/Pages/MillisMA_CoA/index

Natick
Director: Susan Ramsey
Address:
117 East Central Street
Natick, MA 01760
Phone: 508- 647-6540
Website: www.natickma.gov/626/Council-on-Aging

Needham
Acting Director: Latanya Steele
Address: Center at the Heights
300 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA  02492
Phone: 781-455-7555
Website: www.needhamma.gov/index.aspx?nid=519

Norfolk
Director: Christine Quinn
Address: 28 Medway Branch Road
Norfolk, MA 02056
Phone: 508-528-4430
Website: www.virtualnorfolk.org/public_documents
/norfolkma_coa/index

Northborough
Director: Kelly Burke
Address: 119 Bearfoot Road
Northborough, MA 01532
Phone: 508-393-5035
Website: www.town.northborough.ma.us/pages
/northboroughma_seniorcenter/index

Sherborn
Director: Karen Juhl
Address: 19 Washington Street
Sherborn, MA 01770
Phone: 508-651-7858
Email: coa@sherbornma.org
Website: www.sherbornma.org/Pages/
SherbornMA_COA/index

Southborough
Director: Pam LeFrancois
Address: 9 Cordaville Road
Southborough, MA
Phone: 508-229-4453
Website: southboroughseniors.com/

Sudbury
Director: Debra Galloway
Address: Sudbury Senior Center
40 Fairbank Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
Phone: 978-443-3055
Email: senior@sudbury.ma.us
Website: sudbury.ma.us/seniorcenter/

Wayland
Director: Julie Secord
Address: 41 Cochituate Road
Wayland, MA  01778
Phone: 508-358-2990
Website: www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_COA/index

Wellesley
Director: Gayle Thieme
Address: 219 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Phone: 781-235-3961
Website: www.wellesleyma.gov/pages/
WellesleyMA_COA/index

Westborough
Director: Alma DeManche
Address: 4 Rogers Road
Westborough, MA 01581
Phone: 508-366-3000
Website: www.town.westborough.ma.us/
Public_Documents/WestboroughMA_Aging/index

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