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Age Strong designations

We are a City Department, Council on Aging and a federally-funded Area Agency on Aging.

As an Area Agency on Aging (AAA), we receive federal funding through the Older Americans Act (OAA). Through this funding, we support many programs and services across the City of Boston.

About Area Agencies on Aging

Our focus

In 1972, the Older Americans Act established Area Agencies on Aging. The goal is to help people live independently in their communities. We achieve this through a process that includes:

  1. assessment of community-specific needs
  2. service planning, and
  3. service delivery.

Click here to read our Area Plan for 2022-2025.

Supporting the community

The Age Strong Commission, as an Area Agency on Aging, delivers some direct services, including information and direct help. We also partner with a network of nonprofit organizations across the City to meet the diverse needs of our vibrant community.

Agencies we fund as an Area Agency on Aging

Agencies we fund
Program location Name and Description
Boston Senior Home Care

89 South Street, Suite 501, Boston, MA 02111
Contact: Lisandra Clarke, 617-451-6400

Family Caregiver Support Program


Offers help to caregivers through:

  • counseling and support groups
  • respite
  • information and referrals, and
  • training opportunities. 
Massachusetts Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Children

99 Summer Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02110
Contact: Deanna Forist, 617-983-5850



Support to grandparents raising grandchildren through:

  • support groups
  • relaxation services
  • respite, and
  • workshops.
Program Location Program name and details

555 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Contact: Margery Gann, 617-522-6700

Nutrition Services 

  • Home-delivered meals
  • Cafés in Boston where older adults can receive nutritious meals
Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center

75 Kneeland Street, Suite 204, Boston, MA 02111
Contact: Debbie Gove, 617-357-0226

Nutrition Program 

  • Home-delivered Cantonese-style meals
  • Meals at dining sites throughout Boston
Program Location Name and Description

555 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Contact: Ann Glora, 617-477-6616

Healthy Aging / AgeWell West Roxbury Program 

  • Education on nutrition, exercise, and prevention
  • Help to older adults experiencing chronic conditions, HIV, and other health issues
Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center

75 Kneeland Street, Suite 204, Boston, MA 02111

Contact: Megan Cheung, 617-357-0226 (Ext 231)

Asian Health Focus

  • Healthy aging workshops, such as chronic disease self-management and Tai-Chi
  • Classes are in Chinese and geared to Chinese-speaking older adults
La Alianza Hispana

1000 Massachusetts Avenue #101 Boston, MA 02118

Contact: Marisol Amaya, 617-427-7175 (Ext 716)

Aliancianos Senior Program


Offers programs that support fall-prevention and healthy lifestyle skill-building, including:

  • chronic disease self-management
  • Matter of Balance, and
  • Tai-Chi. 
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

11 Norwich Street, 2nd Floor Suite., Worcester, MA 01608

Contact: Colleen Massey, 508-373-5651

‘Ask the Pharmacist’ HomeMeds

  • Delivers medication management counseling and education
  • Works to ensure proper use of medications 
Location Program name and details

555 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Contact: 617-477-6615

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program


  • Advocates for the rights of those living in nursing and other facilities in Boston.
  • One-on-one or group visits with residents and their families.
Program Location Program name and details
ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center

535 River Street, Mattapan, MA 02126

Contact: Michaelle Bernard, 617-298-1785

Senior Program

  • Help with utility payments and Groceries for low-income older adults
  • Exercise and educational classes
  • Recreational activities 
  • Group outings
ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center

1 Michelangelo Street, Boston, MA 02113

Contact: Maria Stella Gulla, 617-523-8125

Elder Services Program


Help for low-income older adult residents living in:

  • the North End
  • the West End
  • Beacon Hill, and
  • nearby communities.
Boston Medical Center

Doctors Office Building, 720 Harrison Avenue, Suite 707. Boston, MA 02118

Contact: Eileen O’Brien, 617-638-6148

Elders Living at Home Program


Supports older adults in the transition from homelessness to housing through:

  • case management
  • residential stabilization
  • geriatric assessment
  • consumer education, and
  • housing placement.
Developmental Evaluation and Adjustment Facilities, Inc.

215 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA 02134

Contact: Carol Hilbinger, 617-254-4041 TTY/V

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Senior Independent Living Support Services Program


Provides referrals for:

  • services and benefits
  • assistive technology assessments
  • education around proper use of equipment, and
  • health education.
East Boston Social Centers, Inc.

68 Central Square, East Boston, MA 02128

Contact: Dawn Panos, 617-569-3221 (Ext 114)

Senior Place Program


The program offers supportive services to East Boston’s older adults, including:

  • social and recreational activities, and 
  • educational and volunteer opportunities.
Ecumenical Social Action Committee

434 Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Contact: Kim Pressey, 617-524-2555 (ext 104)

Senior Home Repair


Helps older adults with:

  • minor home repairs
  • general home maintenance
  • financial counseling
  • falls prevention home modifications, and
  • referrals.

555 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Contact: Meg Barhite, 617-522-6700 (Ext 323)

Volunteer Services Program 


The program offers:

  • companionship
  • medical escorts
  • grocery shopping, and
  • telephone check-in calls.
Friendship Works

105 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA 02111

Contact: Julia Burkley, 617-482-1510 (ext 138)

Friendship Works

  • Matches English-speaking and Spanish-speaking volunteers with older adults.
  • Provides companionship through friendly visits, and medical escorts.
Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center

75 Kneeland Street, Suite 204, Boston, MA 02111

Contact: Megan Cheung, 617-357-0226 (Ext 231)

Asian Elder Drop-In Service

  • Health education, information and help
  • Fitness and wellness classes
  • Other social activities
Greater Boston Legal Services

197 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114

Contact: Radhika Bhattacharya, 617-371-1234

Boston Elder Legal Services

  • Legal help and information
Generations Incorporated

25 Kingston Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02111

Contact: Jen Bowen Flynn, 617-423-6633

Active Aging Program

  • Health, wellness, and fitness classes
  • Volunteer opportunities

1640 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118

Contact: Dana Green, 617-369-1555

Housing Stability through Recreation and Socialization

  • Recreational activities to older adults living in transitional housing
Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion

100 West Dedham Street, Boston, MA 02118

Contact: Yahaira Obijo, 617-535-1706

Resident Services Program

  • Health and wellness education
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Information and referrals
John F. Kennedy Family Service Center

15 Tufts Street, Charlestown, MA 02129

Contact: Crystal Galvin, 617-241-8866

(ext. 1352)

Senior Services Program 

  • Fitness classes
  • Social and recreational activities, Health education
  • Food distribution
  • Translation help
La Alianza Hispana

1000 Massachusetts Avenue #101, Boston, MA 02118

Contact: Marisol Amaya, 617-427-7175 (Ext 716)

Aliancianos Senior Program

Services (for older Latino adults):
  • Recreational and social activities
  • Health education
  • Translation and interpretation help
  • Other supportive services
Little Brothers Friends of the elderly

2 Park Plaza Suite 314. Boston, MA 02116

Contact: Nicole Therrien or Cynthia Wilkerson, 617-524-8882

Volunteer Services Program 


The program offers:

  • Friendly visiting
  • Recreation
MAB Community Services

200 Ivy Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Contact: Kyle Robidoux, 617-926-4312

Boston Visually Impaired Elders Program 


Support for older adults who experience vision impairments includes:

  • support groups
  • companionship, and
  • in-home evaluations.
Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation

56 Warren Street, Suite 200, Roxbury, MA 02119

Isabel Torres, 617-318-1241

Housing Resource Services


Help for older adults, including grandparents caring for grandchildren, who are:

  • experiencing homelessness, or 
  • at-risk for experiencing homelessness.
Operation PEACE, Northeast

78 Peterborough Street, Boston, MA 02215

Contact: Mallory Rohrig, 617-536-7154

Peterborough Senior Center

  • Social and recreational activities
  • Health and fitness classes Cultural activities
  • Other educational opportunities 
South Boston Neighborhood House

136 H Street, South Boston, MA 02127

Contact: Carole Sullivan, 617-268-1619

Senior Program 

  • Recreational activities and exercise
  • Technology and art classes Information and referrals
Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) 

42 Charles St. Suite E

Dorchester, MA 02122 

Contact: Linh Nguyen, 617-822-3717 ext 15 

Senior Day Program

  • Interpretation
  • Exercise and wellness
  • Recreational activities 
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