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Elderly Commission resources

Elderly Commission resources

Aside from working with local nonprofits, we also provide direct services to older adults in Boston.

Still have questions? Contact:
Elderly Commission
1 City Hall Square
Room 271
Boston, MA 02201
United States

Community Service

We have contacts for each neighborhood in Boston. They help seniors with benefits, tenant and homeowner issues, and City services.

Advocates will also refer seniors to social security agencies and reach out to residents stuck at home. To get help from a Community Service Advocate, call 617-635-4366.

Get your voice heard

Are you interested in having a say in the City’s priorities affecting the population of adults who are 60 and older? You can find three ways to join the conversation below:

Mayor’s Health and Long-Term Care Task Force

The Health and Long-Term Task Force meets monthly to advocate for all Boston seniors in the areas of Health and Long Term Care. They also provide a forum where seniors, Title III recipients and other health professionals can keep update and exchange information.

The task force is comprised of agencies receiving Title III funding, seniors, and other representatives interested in senior services offered to Boston seniors. The task force meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m to 10:30 a.m. at Boston City Hall.

Mayor’s Advisory Council

The Advisory Council meets every month from September through May to educate and inform members about services, programs, and issues relevant to the older adult population of Boston. Membership is open to Boston residents age 60 and over.

The council meets on the first Friday of the month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Room 801.

Advocacy Task Force

The Advocacy Task Force is made up of Boston residents age 60 and over that are interested in offering input on the Elderly Commission’s legislative agenda.

Members of the task force are expected to attend quarterly meetings, write letters to legislators, and advocate on important issues facing seniors.

Community relations

Community Events

We hold a number of events every year for seniors in the City. Events include a Seniors’ Valentine’s Day party, a St. Patrick’s Day party, and the Greater Boston Senior Games.

For information on upcoming events, call the Public Relations unit at 617-635-3959.

Citations from the Mayor

Each year, the Mayor sends out hundreds of certificates and greeting cards to residents when they reach certain milestones.

If you're interested in receiving one, or would like the mayor to send a certificate to someone, please call 617-635-4366. How to get recognition from the mayor.

Oral and dental screenings

We work with Tufts to give seniors and the disabled free screenings. The screenings take place at easy-to-reach neighborhood locations. For more information on the program, call Connie Mohammed at 617-635-4232.

Housing

Through the Housing Unit of the Elderly Commission, we help seniors who are tenants or homeowners. Please call 617-635-4366 for more information on housing.

We can assist with issues including:

  • home repairs and homecare services
  • landlord responsibilities
  • subsidized senior housing
  • legal matters
  • property taxes
  • homeowner financial options
  • heating or utility problems
  • homelessness
  • foreclosures and evictions, and
  • housing options.

Transportation

Wheelchair-accessible shuttles

If you need to get to a doctor’s appointment and it isn’t an emergency, you can use the free door-to-door service. We have wheelchair-accessible shuttles. Please schedule an appointment, we book rides on a first-come, first-serve basis. If there are cancelations, we sometimes provide same-day requests.

We can give you a ride to social or recreational event in Boston, but you need to schedule your appointment at least a month ahead of time. Call 617-635-3000 to set up a ride. The shuttle operates Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TAXI DISCOUNT COUPON PROGRAM

Boston residents 65 and older can buy discounted coupon books for taxis licensed by the City. We also offer the program to disabled residents of all ages.

You need to buy the coupons with cash and show us an ID that proves you’re a Boston resident. The coupons don’t expire, but you can only buy two coupon books per month.

You can buy the coupons at Boston City Hall, Room 271, and at a number of locations around the City. Call 617-635-4366 for more information. How to buy taxi coupon books.

THE RIDE

The MBTA has a door-to-door service for people who can’t use public transportation because of a physical or mental disability. Learn more about the Ride.

Food resources

Seniors and their spouses can share a meal with others at over 40 locations across the City.

The suggested donation for these meals is $2. We also run the City’s Meals on Wheels program, delivering meals to seniors who can’t leave their homes because of illness, disability, or frailty.

Coordinators first meet with seniors to evaluate their needs, and give them meals shortly after the visit. The program offers Latino, Haitian, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and traditional meals to homebound seniors. The program also provides weekend and supper meals.  Find Nutrition Services in your neighborhood.

Caregiver support

We help residents caring for someone 60 or older, and grandparents raising grandchildren.

We provide information and referrals, and offer workshops, training, and support groups, among other services. We also work with these groups to make sure we reach a diverse audience of caregivers:

LGBT AGING PROJECT

The group aims to make sure lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender seniors and caregivers have equal access to benefits and services.

MASSACHUSETTS SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION of CRUELTY to CHILDREN

The KINnection Program, working with Raising Our Children’s Children, provides support services for grandparents raising grandchildren.