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
The program 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
A senior drop-in center provides 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
The 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, Yawkey ACC Mezzanine
The 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. Developmental Evaluation and Adjustment Facilities (DEAF), Inc.
215 Brighton Avenue
Allston, MA 02134
Program Name: Senior Independent Living
Contact: Julia Mickenberg (617) 254-4041; Carol Hilbinger (617) 254-4041 TTY/V
The program services deaf, deaf and blind, hard of hearing, and late deafened seniors in Boston. It provides material aid, outreach, and information and assistance.
5. East Boston Social Center68 Central Square
The program provides exercise, recreation, computer classes, and telephone reassurance to seniors in East Boston.
6. ESAC (Ecumenical Social Action Committee, Inc.)3313 Washington Street
The Senior Home Repair Program provides home repair assistance and referral services to seniors in Boston.
7. 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.
8. Friendship Works105 Chauncy Street
The Friendly Visiting and Medical Escort Program provides assisted transportation, companionship, friendly visiting, and outreach to elders in Boston.
9. Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center
75 Kneeland Street, Suite 204
Boston, MA 02111
Program Name: Asian Drop-In
Contact: Megan Cheung (617) 357-0226 ext 231
This program serves economically and linguistically disadvantaged Chinese-speakig elders. It provides information, and referral, letter writing, outreach and translation services.
10. Greater Boston Legal Services197 Friend Street
The program provides legal assistance, outreach and information & assistance to elders in Boston.
11. HEARTH, Inc.1640 Washington Street
The program aims to provide recreation to seniors living in transitional housing.
12. Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA)100 W. Dedham Street
The Villa Victoria Elder Support Program provides advocacy, recreation, exercise, and translation & interpretation services for low-income Latinos living in Villa Victoria and surrounding communities.
13. John F. Kennedy Family Service Center, Inc.10 City Square
The program provides 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.
14. Kit Clark Senior Services Inc.1500 Dorchester Avenue
The Supportive Services Program provides counseling, outreach, interpretation and support groups for Haitian, Cape Verdean, and Vietnamese seniors.
15. La Alianza Hispana63 Parker Hill Avenue
Aliancianos Unidos provides assisted transportation, exercise and physical fitness, health education, information and assistance, translation, interpreting, recreation, and outreach to low-income Latinos.
16. 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.
17. Massachusetts Association of Older Americans19 Temple Place, 4th Floor
The program provides advocacy, outreach, newsletter distribution, and information & assistance for elders in Boston, particularly low-income and minority elders.
18. Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation
56 Warren Street, Suite 200
Roxbury, MA 02119
Program Name: Housing Resource Services
Contact: Stephanie Chacker (617) 989-0894
The program provides outreach, information and assistance, advocacy and placement services to homeless elders, at-risk elders and grandparents raising grandchildren.
19. Operation PEACE, Northeast, Inc.
78 Peterborough Street
Boston, MA 02215
Program Name: Peterborough Senior Center
Contact: David O'Donnell (617) 267-1054
The program provides a broad range of services, including wellness programs, activity-based programs that promote creative intellectual engagement and educational programs that support informed consumer choices. These services are designed to decrease social isolation and improve quality of life for seniors.
20. Professional Profiles, Inc.
85 Constitution Lane, Suite 300A
Danvers, MA 01923
Program Name: Heavy Chore Program
Contact: Ned Kittredge (978) 774-0022
The program assists seniors in jeopardy of losing their home and endangering those living around them.
21. South Boston Neighborhood House136 H Street
The Senior Center provides education, recreation, telephone reassurance, shopping assistance outreach, and information & assistance.
22. United South End Settlements566 Columbus Avenue
The program provides outreach, exercise, recreation, and information & assistance to 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. The program aims to increase awareness of fall prevention among Chinese elders and improve balance, strength and physical performance.
2. Ethos555 Amory Street
The Healthy Aging Program provides evidence-based falls preventon education; assists adults in managing chronic conditions; helps older adults living with HIV to better manage their disease; assists older adults struggling with depression and other mental health issues; and promotes positive changes in nutrition and lifestyles among older adults.
3. Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
25 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Program Name: MCPHS University Pharmacy Outreach; Medication Options Counseling
Contact: Colleen Massey (508) 373-5651
The program provides seniors with education on medication management, counseling on medication options, and medication safety.
4. La Alianza Hispana
63 Parker Hill Avenue
Boston, MA 02120
Program Name: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (Tomando Control de tu Salud)
Contact: Marisol Amaya (617) 232-0634
The program provides evidence-based education to seniors on how to manage chronic conditions.
1. Boston Senior Home Care89 South Street, Suite 501
2. Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
99 Summer Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Program Name: KINnections
Contact: Deanna Forist (617) 983-5850
The KINnections Program provides support groups, respite services, information and referral, and workshops for grandparents raising grandchildren.