Local Senior Agencies
There are a number of resources available to seniors throughout the state, but sometimes it is nice to be afforded more local opportunities.
Why? Because they tend to provide useful information concerning nearby events, the arts, elder assistance, and other senior-oriented topics.
So what are some local choices? Here are a few.
- Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc. This agency is located at 411 Chandler Street in Worcester. It provides both direct support and referral services and assists with matters such as home care, protective services, elder care advisors, domestic programs, respite care for caregivers, Meals on Wheels, Senior Money Management, and much more. Some programs are eligibility-based, and others are open to all seniors.
- Worcester Elder Affairs Division. WEAD helps optimize services for seniors 60 and over. The office, sited at 128 Providence Street, is largely financed by the City of Worcester, although other funding sources are received. They are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but phone calls are taken until 5 p.m. Services such as outreach, assessment, advocacy, assistance with applications for public benefits, referrals, and other aid is available. The Senior Scoop Newsletter is put out by the Worcester Elder Affairs Division.
- Worcester Senior Center. The Worcester Senior Center, located at 128 Providence Street, is operated under the umbrella of the Worcester Elder Affairs Division. The center is a pleasing, friendly place where seniors and their families can enjoy an array of benefits. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and concentrates on healthiness; subsequently, fitness and other health-oriented programs are encouraged. In addition to wellness, the center offers multicultural events, assistance with taxes, guidance on health insurance, dining opportunities, games, a library room, periodic trips, courses on arts, crafts, and computers, and a gift shop.
- Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging. This organization is part of a network of agencies that helps seniors live independently at home. It is a division of the Older Americans Act and is located at 360 West Boylston Street in West Boylston. The agency provides needs assessment, support to caregivers, a lending library, and other helpful services.
Senior agencies are vital to people 60 and over because they focus on issues specific to their demographic. If you or a senior loved one is in need of supportive services, perhaps one of the agencies listed above can help.