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Agencies funded by the Elderly Commission

Agencies funded by the Elderly Commission

The Older Americans Act of 1973 created Area Agencies on Aging to help Americans 60 and older find help in their local communities.

Through Title III funds from the Older Americans Act, we support and guide local nonprofits working in these types of services:

Still have questions? Contact:
Elderly Commission
617-635-4366 | Teletype: 617-635-4599
1 City Hall Square
Room 271
Boston, MA 02201
United States

Ombudsman

Location Name and Details

Ethos

555 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Contact: Marietta McCarthy, 617-522-6700 (Ext 315)

Long Term Care advocates for long-term care residents through one-on-one or group visits at Boston facilities.

Support

Program Location Name and Description

ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center

535 River Street, Mattapan, MA 02126

Contact: Michaelle Bernard, 617-298-1785

The Mattapan Elderly Services Project offers utility assistance, exercise and health tips, day trips, and grocery distribution to low-income seniors.

ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center

1 Michelangelo Street, Boston, MA 02113

Contact: Johannah Malone, 617-281-7975 

Staff and volunteers from Elder Services help seniors in the North End, West End, Beacon Hill, and nearby communities.

Boston Medical Center

1 Boston Medical Center Plaza, Yawkey ACC Mezzanine, Boston, MA 02118

Contact: Eileen O’Brien, 617-638-6148

Elders Living at Home provides physical and mental health services, along with housing placement for homeless and at-risk seniors.

Developmental Evaluation and Adjustment Facilities, Inc.

215 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA 02134   

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

Senior Independent Living helps deaf, deaf-and-blind, and hard-of-hearing seniors in Boston.

East Boston Social Center

68 Central Square, East Boston, MA 02128

Contact: Marisa DiPietro, 617-254-4041; Jeannie Spinazola, 617-569-3221 (Ext 36) 

With Senior Place, East Boston seniors can exercise, enjoy recreational activities, take computer classes, and receive comforting calls over the phone.

Ecumenical Social Action Committee

3313 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Contact: Linda Morfin, 617-524-2555

Seniors in Boston can receive home repair help and referrals from Senior Home Repair.

Ethos

555 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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

Volunteer Services provides companionship, medical escorts, and more to seniors who can’t get home-care services.

Friendship Works

105 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA 02111

Contact: Lois Lord Walker, 617-482-1510

The Friendly Visiting and Medical Escort program offers seniors transportation and companionship, and reaches out to those in need.

Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center

75 Kneeland Street, Suite 204, Boston, MA 02111  

Contact: Megan Cheung, 617-357-0226 ext 231

The Asian Drop-In program helps low-income and Chinese-speaking seniors who have trouble with the English language.

Greater Boston Legal Services

197 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114

Contact: Wynn Gerhard, 617-603-1577

Greater Boston Elderly Legal Services offers legal assistance and information to seniors.

HEARTH

1640 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118

Contact: Sarah Orlander, 617-450-0335

The Recreation and Socialization program provides fun activities for seniors living in transitional housing.

Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion

100 W. Dedham Street, Boston, MA 02118  

Contact: 617-927-1707

Villa Victoria Elder Support helps low-income Latino seniors living in Villa Victoria and nearby communities.

John F. Kennedy Family Service Center

10 City Square, Charlestown, MA 02129  

Contact: Crystal Galvin, 617-241-8866

(Some services are provided at 100 Ferrin Street.)

Senior Support Services is aimed at  isolated seniors, arranging transportation for food shopping, banking, and doctor visits, among other services.

Kit Clark Senior Services

1500 Dorchester Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02122

Contact: Johanne Benoit-Semedo, 617-533-9161

Supportive Services counsels and supports Haitian, Cape Verdean, and Vietnamese seniors.

La Alianza Hispana

63 Parker Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 02120  

Contact: Sandra Rojas, 617-232-0634

Aliancianos Unidos-Senior Center offers services to low-income Latinos, including transportation and interpretation.

MAB Community Services

200 Ivy Street

Brookline, MA 02446

Contact: Shaun Kinsella, 617-939-3556

The Boston Visually Impaired Elders Program is aimed at seniors who aren’t  legally blind but are experiencing sight loss that threatens their safety and well-being.

Massachusetts Association of Older Americans

19 Temple Place, 4th Floor

Boston, MA 02111

Contact: Chet Jakubiak, 617-426-0804

Advocacy Works is focused on low-income and minority seniors, advocating for and reaching out to those in need.

Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation

56 Warren Street, Suite 200

Roxbury, MA 02119  

Contact: Stephanie Chacker, 617-989-0894  

Housing Resource Services helps homeless and at-risk seniors, as well as grandparents raising grandchildren.

Operation PEACE, Northeast

78 Peterborough Street

Boston, MA 02215  

Contact: Mallory Rohrig, 617-267-1054

Peterborough Senior Center offers a number of services aimed at decreasing social isolation and improving the quality of life of seniors.

Professional Profiles

85 Constitution Lane, Suite 300A  

Danvers, MA 01923

Contact: Ned Kittredge, 978-774-0022 ext 11

The Heavy Chore Program assists seniors at risk of losing their homes and helps with chores that might endanger those living around them.

South Boston Neighborhood House

136 H Street

South Boston, MA 02127

Contact: Carole Sullivan, 617-268-1619

Elder Services provides education, recreation, and shopping help, among other services.

United South End Settlements

566 Columbus Avenue

Boston, MA 02118

Contact: Clara L. Garcia, 617-375-8163

Senior Services reaches out to Boston seniors in need, offering exercise and recreation.

Food resources

Program Location Name and description

Ethos

555 Amory Street

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Contact: Margery Gann (617) 522-6700

The Nutrition Project offers home-delivered meals and places to eat with others for seniors in:

  • Allston-Brighton
  • Hyde Park
  • Jamaica Plain
  • Mattapan
  • Roslindale
  • West Roxbury

Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center

75 Kneeland Street, Suite 204

Boston, MA 02111

Contact: Debbie Gove, 617-423-7560

The center provides Chinese seniors traditional Cantonese home-delivered meal and places to eat with others.

Kit Clark Senior Services

1500 Dorchester Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02122

Contact: Jennifer Gallagher, 617-474-1276

The Federal Elderly Nutrition Program offers home-delivered meals and places to eat with others for seniors in:

  • Back Bay
  • Beacon Hill
  • Fenway
  • Charlestown
  • Chinatown
  • Dorchester
  • East Boston
  • North End
  • Roxbury
  • South Boston
  • South End

Health

Program Location Name and Description

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 helps Chinese senior gain strength and improve their balance to prevent falls.

Ethos

555 Amory Street

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130  

Contact: Ann Glora, 617-477-6616

The Healthy Aging Program offers education on nutrition, exercise, and fall prevention, and helps seniors living with chronic conditions, HIV, or mental health issues.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

25 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 01608

Contact: Colleen Massey, 508-373-5651

Pharmacy Outreach and Medication Options Counseling educates seniors on the medications they take.

La Alianza Hispana

63 Parker Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 02120

Contact: Sandra Rojas (617) 232-0634

www.laalianza.org   

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (Tomando Control de tu Salud) teaches seniors about chronic conditions, and how to deal with them.  

Caregiving

Program location Name and Description

Boston Senior Home Care

89 South Street, Suite 501

Boston, MA 02111

Contact: Lisa Ramilla (617) 443-4506 

The Family Caregiver program provides counseling, support groups, respite, information and referrals, and training services to caregivers.

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

99 Summer Street, 6th Floor  

Boston, MA 02110

Contact: Deanna Forist (617) 983-5850

www.mspcc.org

The KINnections program offers support groups, relaxation services, and workshops for grandparents raising grandchildren.