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Your local Council on Aging and Senior Center is a great resource for you! 

By JoAnn Thibault

When you connect with your local Council on Aging (COA) you will receive opportunities to be with your peers, socialize, learn new skills, exercise, and receive support that helps you remain as independent as possible in your home.

Your local Council on Aging has the information you need. Below is a list of services and referrals they provide:

• Assessment and Evaluation

• Assistance in Your Home

• Care Planning

• Housing Options

• Nursing Homes

• Respite Care

• Medical Services

• Transportation

• Public Benefits Counseling

• Supportive Day

• Recreational Activities

• Volunteer Opportunities

• SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders)

• Lifelong Learning

• Nutrition

• Application Assistance

Councils on Aging serve older adults every day:

Over 525,000 older adults received services from a local COA in fiscal year 2007

• They help provide 7,500,000 meals annually throughout the state of Massachusetts.

• They help provide 26,800 older adults with volunteer opportunities.

• These volunteers perform 2,300,000 hours of service per year.

• They provide transportation – hundreds of thousands of rides – to medical appointments, for personal business and to centers for older adults throughout the state.

To Contact Your Local Council On Aging, click on these two websites for more information.