Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) were established under the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1973 to respond to the needs of American aged 60 and over in every local community. AAAs make it possible for older adults to remain in their homes and communities as long as possible by providing a range of options that allow older adults to choose the home and community-based services and living arrangements that suit them best. The Elderly Commission serves as the Area Agency on Aging for the City of Boston. The Elderly Commission also serves as the Council on Aging (COA) for the City of Boston. Funds from the Massachusetts Council on Aging are channeled through the Elderly Commission and help fund direct services and new initiatives. The Commission, as Boston's Area Agency on Aging and Council On Aging, promotes the active involvement of seniors in the life and health of their neighborhoods in conjunction with Mayors Advisory Council.
Our priority remains to promote optimal functioning and to prevent premature or inappropriate institutionalization of elders in Boston. Older American Act funding, distributed by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, assists the City of Boston in our efforts to better serve the needs of our citizens. Through planning and development, allocation of Title III funds and advocacy we are able to provide quality services to seniors in Boston. Our role as the Area Agency on Aging is to monitor and evaluate these services to ensure both the quality and necessity of such services.
Older American Act funding enables the Commission to provide financial and programmatic support to non-profit agencies in the following areas of service:
Title III-B Support Services
Title III-C Nutrition Services
Title III-D Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Title III-E Caregiver Support Services
1. Ethos555 Amory Street
Provides advocacy for long-term care residents through one-on-one or group visits in long-term care facilities in Boston.
1. ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center535 River Street
This is a senior center providing utility assistance, exercise and health maintenance, day trips, senior outreach, monthly brown bag grocery distribution to low-income seniors, informational meetings, workshops and community forums.
2. ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center
1 Michelangelo Street
This program's Drop-In-Center provides recreation, information and assistance, and benefits assistance to residents of the North End, West End, Beacon Hill and surrounding communities. Staff and volunteers help seniors access fuel assistance, food stamps, and utility assistance.
3. Boston Medical Center1 Boston Medical Center Plaza
This program services homeless and at-risk seniors by providing outreach and information and referral. It offers comprehensive geriatric assessment services and emergency, temporary and transitional housing placement.
4. Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center75 Kneeland Street, Suite 204
This program serves economically and linguistically disadvantaged Chinese-speaking elders. It provides information, and referral, letter writing, outreach, telephone reassurance and translation services.
5. Developmental Evaluation and Adjustment Facilities (DEAF), Inc.215 Brighton Avenue
This program services deaf, deaf and blind, hard of hearing, and late deafened seniors in Boston. It provides material aid, outreach, and information and assistance.
6. East Boston Social Center68 Central Square
Services include: exercise, health education and screenings, advocacy, wellness, computer classes, and telephone reassurance.
7. ESAC (Ecumenical Social Action Committee, Inc.)3313 Washington Street
This program provides home repair assistance and referral services to seniors in Boston.
8. Ethos555 Amory Street
Volunteers are recruited to provide companionship, medical escorts, telephone reassurance, home repair, and shopping assistance for people who would not otherwise have access to home care services.
9. Ethos555 Amory Street
The Boston Elder Protective Services Program intervenes in situations where abuse or neglect endangers an elder's health and well-being in any way. The source of this abuse or neglect may be intentional or unintentional, and can take many forms.
10. Fenway Community Development Corporation70 Burbank Street
The Peterborough Senior Center is located at 42 Peterborough Street in the Fenway. It provides a broad range of services designed to help seniors strengthen knowledge, decrease isolation, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. They include: recreation, exercise & wellness, education, tax preparation assistance, and information & referral.
11. Greater Boston Legal Services197 Friend Street
This program provides legal assistance, outreach and information & assistance to elders in Boston.
12. HEARTH, Inc.1640 Washington Street
The program aims to provide recreation to seniors living in transitional housing.
13. Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA)100 W. Dedham Street
The Elder Program provides advocacy, recreation, exercise, and translation & interpretation for low-income Latinos living in Villa Victoria and surrounding communities.
14. John F. Kennedy Family Service Center, Inc.10 City Square
Services include: transportation for food shopping, banking, doctor visits and some other purposes as needed; translation services, recreation, exercise classes and outreach to isolated seniors. Some services are provided at 100 Ferrin Street.
15. Kit Clark Senior Services Inc.1500 Dorchester Avenue
The Minority Outreach Program provides counseling, outreach, interpretation and support groups for Haitian, Cape Verdean, and Vietnamese seniors.
16. La Alianza Hispana63 Parker Hill Avenue
Aliancianos Unidos provides assisted transportation, exercise and physical fitness, health education, information and assistance, interpreting, recreation, support group, translation, and outreach to low-income Latinos.
17. MAB Community Services, Inc.200 Ivy Street
This program serves visually impaired seniors who are not legally blind, but who are experiencing sight loss that jeopardizes their safety and emotional well-being. It offers one-on-one in-home assistance as well as outreach and support groups.
18. Massachusetts Association of Older Americans19 Temple Place, 4th Floor
This program provides advocacy, outreach, newsletter distribution, and information & assistance for elders in Boston, particularly low-income and minority elders.
19. Friendship Works105 Chauncy Street
This program provides assisted transportation, companionship, friendly visiting, and outreach to elders in Boston.
20. Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation56 Warren Street, Suite 200
This program provides outreach, information and assistance, advocacy and placement services to homeless elders, at-risk elders and grandparents raising grandchildren.
21. South Boston Neighborhood House136 H Street
The Senior Center provides education, recreation, telephone reassurance, shopping assistance outreach, and information & assistance.
22. Professional Profiles, Inc.
85 Constitution Lane, Suite 300A
Danvers, MA 01923
Program Name: Hoarding Clean-Up Program
Contact: Ned Kittredge (978) 774-0022
The program was designed to assist seniors in jeopardy of loosing their home and endangering those living around them.
23. United South End Settlements566 Columbus Avenue
This program provides outreach, exercise, recreation, and information & assistance to elders in Boston.
24. Upham's Corner Health Center636 Columbia Road
This program provides immunizations, including flu and pneumonia shots, to at-risk elders in Boston.
1. Ethos555 Amory Street
Provides home delivered meals and congregate meal sites for elders in Allston-Brighton, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale and West Roxbury.
2. Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center75 Kneeland Street, Suite 204
Provides home delivered Chinese meals and congregate meals for Chinese elders in Boston.
3. Kit Clark Senior Services1500 Dorchester Avenue
Provides home delivered meals and congregate meals sites for elders in Back Bay-Beacon Hill-Fenway, Charlestown, Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, North End, Roxbury, South Boston, and South End.
1. Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center75 Kneeland Street, Suite 204
The program provides exercise, health education, outreach and wellness to Chinese-speaking Asian elders.
2. Ethos555 Amory Street
This program provides nutrition screening, nutrition counseling, nutrition education to homemakers, nutrition education to elders, and outreach.
3. Kit Clark Senior Services1500 Dorchester Avenue
Program educates people about Alzheimer's Disease, counsels people with Alzheimer's Disease and their caregivers and leads monthly support groups.
4. Upham’s Corner Health Center500 Columbia Road
1. Boston Senior Home Care89 South Street, Suite 501
2. Central Boston Elder Services2315 Washington Street
555 Amory Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Program Name: Family Caregiver
Contact: Leslie Ahern (617) 522-6700
This program provides counseling, support groups, and training to caregivers.
4. LGBT Aging Project555 Amory Street
5. Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children99 Summer Street, 6th Floor
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