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Last updated: 11/1/18

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
1 City Hall Square
Room 271
Boston, MA 02201
United States

Ombudsman

Location Program name and details
Ethos

555 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Contact: Marrietta McCarthy, 617-522-6700 (Ext 315)

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Services:

  • 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.

Support

Program Location Program name and details
ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center

525 River Street, Mattapan, MA 02126
Contact: Michaelle Bernard, 617-298-1785

Senior Program

Services:
  • 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

Services:

Help for low-income older adult residents living in:

  • the North End
  • the 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 Program

Services:

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

Services:

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: Jeannie Spinazola, 617-569-3221 (Ext 114)

Senior Place Program

Services:

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

3313 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Contact: Linda Morfin, 617-524-2555

Senior Home Repair

Services:

Helps older adults with:

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

555 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Contact: Meg Barhite, 617-522-6700 (Ext 323)

Volunteer Services Program 

Services:

The program offers:

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

105 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA 02111
Contact: Caitlin Axelrod-McLeod, 617-482-1510

Friendship Works

Services:
  • 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

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

197 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114
Contact: Wynn Gerhard, 617-603-1577

Boston Elder Legal Services

Services:
  • Legal help and information
Generations Incorporated

25 Kingston Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02111
Contact: Katie Klister Brown, 617-399-4700

Active Aging Program

Services:
  • Health, wellness, and fitness classes
  • Volunteer opportunities
HEARTH

1640 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118
Contact: Sarah Olander, 617-450-0335

Housing Stability through Recreation and Socialization

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

100 West Dedham Street, Boston, MA 02118
Contact: Suzeth Dunn-Dyer, 617-399-1962

Resident Services Program

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

55 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown, MA 02129
Contact: Crystal Galvin, 617-241-8866
(Some services are provided at 100 Ferrin Street)

Senior Services Program 

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

63 Parker Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 02120
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
MAB Community Services

200 Ivy Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Contact: Kyle Robidoux, 617-926-4312

Boston Visually Impaired Elders Program 

Services:

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
Contact: Stephanie Chacker, 617-989-0894

Housing Resource Services

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, 617-267-1054

Peterborough Senior Center

Services:
  • 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 

Services:
  • Recreational activities and exercise
  • Technology and art classes Information and referrals

Food resources

Program Location Program name and details
Ethos

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

Nutrition Services 

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 

Services:
  • Home-delivered Cantonese-style meals
  • Meals at dining sites throughout Boston

Health

Program Location Name and Description
Ethos

555 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Contact: Ann Glora, 617-477-6616

Healthy Aging / AgeWell West Roxbury Program 

Services:
  • 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

Services:
  • 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

63 Parker Hill Avenue, Boston MA 02120
Contact: Marisol Amaya, 617-427-7175 (Ext 716)

Aliancianos Senior Program

Services:

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

25 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Contact: Colleen Massey, 508-373-5651

‘Ask the Pharmacist’ HomeMeds

Services:
  • Delivers medication management counseling and education
  • Works to ensure proper use of medications 

Caregiving

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

Services:

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

KINections

Services:

Support to grandparents raising grandchildren through:

  • support groups
  • relaxation services
  • respite, and
  • workshops.