Area Agencies On Aging

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:

  • Ombudsman Program

  • Title III-B Support Services

  • Title III-C Nutrition Services

  • Title III-D Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

  • Title III-E Caregiver Support Services

Title III Grantee Programs for FY 2015 (Arranged by Type)


1. Ethos

555 Amory Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Program Name: Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Contact: Marietta McCarthy (617) 522-6700 ext 315 

The program provides advocacy for long-term care residents through one-on-one or group visits in long-term care facilities in Boston.

Title III-B Support Services

1. ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center

535 River Street
Mattapan, MA 02126
Program Name: Mattapan Elderly Services Project
Contact: Karleen Porcena (617) 298-2045

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

Boston, MA 02113
Program Name: Elder Services
Contact: Courtney Johnson (617) 523-8125  

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 Center

1 Boston Medical Center Plaza, Yawkey ACC Mezzanine 
Boston, MA 02118
Program Name: Elders Living at Home
Contact: Eileen O'Brien (617) 638-6148

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 Center

68 Central Square
East Boston, MA 02128
Program Name: Senior Place
Contact: Marisa DiPietro (617) 254-4041; Jeannie Spinazola (617) 569-3221 ext 36

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
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Program Name: Senior Home Repair
Contact: Thomas P. Lynch (617) 524-2555

The Senior Home Repair Program provides home repair assistance and referral services to seniors in Boston.

7. Ethos

555 Amory Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Program Name: Volunteer Services
Contact: Meg Licht (617) 522-6700 ext 323

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 Works

105 Chauncy Street
Boston, MA 02111
Program Name: Friendly Visiting and Medical Escort 
Contact: Lois Lord Walker (617) 482-1510  

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 Services

197 Friend Street
Boston, MA 02114
Program Name: Greater Boston Elderly Legal Services
Contact: Wynn Gerhard (617) 603-1577

The program provides legal assistance, outreach and information and assistance to elders in Boston.

11. HEARTH, Inc.

1640 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118
Program Name: Recreation and Socialization
Contact: Sarah Orlander (617) 450-0335

The program aims to provide recreation to seniors living in transitional housing.

12. Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA)

100 W. Dedham Street
Boston, MA 02118
Program Name: Villa Victoria Elder Support
Contact: Mirna Garcia (617) 927-1707

The Villa Victoria Elder Support Program provides advocacy, recreation, exercise, and translation and interpretation services for low-income Latinos living in Villa Victoria and surrounding communities.

13. John F. Kennedy Family Service Center, Inc.

10 City Square
Charlestown, MA 02129
Program Name: Senior Support Services
Contact: Le My To (617) 398-6242

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
Dorchester, MA 02122
Program Name: Supportive Services 
Contact: Leann Bragdon (617) 533-9143

The Supportive Services Program provides counseling, outreach, interpretation and support groups for Haitian, Cape Verdean, and Vietnamese seniors.

15. La Alianza Hispana

63 Parker Hill Avenue
Boston, MA 02120
Program Name: Aliancianos Unidos-Senior Center
Contact: Sandra Rojas (617) 232-0634

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
Brookline, MA 02446
Program Name: Boston Visually Impaired Elders Program
Contact: Shaun Kinsella (617) 939-3556

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 Americans

19 Temple Place, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Program Name: Advocacy Works
Contact: Chet Jakubiak (617) 426-0804

The program provides advocacy, outreach and newsletter distribution 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: Mallory Rohrig (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 ext 11

The program assists seniors in jeopardy of losing their home and endangering those living around them with heavy chore services.

21. South Boston Neighborhood House

136 H Street
South Boston, MA 02127
Program Name: Elder Services 
Contact: Carole Sullivan (617) 268-1619

The Senior Center provides education, recreation, telephone reassurance, shopping assistance outreach, and information and assistance.

22. United South End Settlements

566 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Program Name: Senior Services
Contact: Clara L. Garcia (617) 375-8163

The program provides outreach, exercise, recreation, and information and assistance to elders in Boston. 

Title III-C Nutrition

1. Ethos

555 Amory Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Program Name: Title III-C Nutrition Project Area A
Contact: Margery Gann (617) 522-6700

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 Center

75 Kneeland Street, Suite 204
Boston, MA 02111
Contact: Debbie Gove (617) 423-7560

Provides traditional Cantonese home delivered means and congregate meals for Chinese elders in Boston.

3. Kit Clark Senior Services

1500 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
Program Name: Federal Elderly Nutrition Program
Contact: Jennifer Gallagher (617) 474-1276

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.

Title III-D Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

1. Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center

75 Kneeland Street, Suite 204
Boston, MA 02111
Program Name: Asian Health Focus
Contact: Megan Cheung (617) 357-0226 ext 231

The program aims to increase awareness of fall prevention among Chinese elders and improve balance, strength and physical performance through evidence-based programming.

2. Ethos

555 Amory Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Program Name: Healthy Aging Program 
Contact: Ann Glora (617) 477-6616

The Healthy Aging Program provides evidence-based falls prevention 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. Massachusetts 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: Sandra Rojas (617) 232-0634  
The program provides evidence-based education to seniors on how to manage chronic conditions.

Title III-E Caregiver Support Services

1. Boston Senior Home Care

89 South Street, Suite 501
Boston, MA 02111
Program Name: Family Caregiver
Contact: Lisa Ramilla (617) 443-4506 
The program provides counseling, support groups, respite, information and referral, and training services to caregivers.

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. 

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