Council on Aging

 

Mission

It is the mission of the Maynard Council on Aging to promote and support healthy aging for the town’s senior citizens. We will seek to assist seniors maintain dignity, independence and physical and psycho-social well-being through programs and services designed for them and their care givers.

 

COA Staff / Contact Information

Director:  Amy Loveless, LICSW
aloveless@townofmaynard.net
Principal Clerk: Patricia Kozik
Van Driver: Janine Parker

Maynard Senior Center
50 Brown Street
Maynard, MA 01754
(Maynard Golf Course building)

Office Phone: 978-897-1009
Van Line: 978-844-6809 (CrossTown Connect Dispatch)
Hours: 9am – 3pm
Van operating hours – 7am – 3pm  (van details)

The Council on Aging is closed to the public but continues to provide all supportive services. Please call the COA at (978) 897-1009 and leave a message. We will return your call as soon as possible.

 The Council on Aging van service is providing transportation for essential needs only. This includes grocery shopping, medical appointments, pharmacies, banks, etc. You may continue to call CrossTown Connect to make a reservation at (978) 844-6809. Please click here for more information about how the van service is now operating.

 

COA Alerts

COVID-19 Scam Alert

As the first Americans line up for COVID-19 vaccine injections, so also are the scammers preparing to use this opportunity to scam you. Don’t get scammed! You should know the following:

  • Most Medicare beneficiaries will not have to pay to get this vaccine during this public health emergency.
  • If someone offers to put you on a vaccination list in exchange for money, you are being scammed. You cannot pay to get on a list.
  • If someone offers to get you early access to the vaccine in exchange for your credit card or Medicare number, you are being scammed. You cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine.
  • No one from Medicare or your municipal or state health department will contact you and offer you the vaccine.
  • No one from a vaccine distribution site or a private insurance company will call you asking for your Social Security number, your credit card number, or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine. If you get such a call you are being scammed.
  • If you get a call, text, email, or even someone knocking on your door claiming they can get you early access to the vaccine, you are being scammed. You can report scams by calling the Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol Program’s Report-A-Scam line at 978-946-1243 or email to ReportAScam@MASMP.org.

Remember: Never give your Medicare number, your bank account information, your credit card numbers, your Social Security number, or any other personal information to anyone you do not know and trust. Don’t get scammed.

For additional guidance call the Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program at
800-892-0890 or visit www.MASMP.org.

 

COA Van Services

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Read more about the COA Van’s daily services.

Your van drivers: Mark Tomyl, Janine Parker, Brad Chetwynd
 

 

Senior Center

Please visit our online Senior Center site for the latest news about Senior Center events and services.   You can also find the Senior Center on the Town website menu under Resources.

 

Council on Aging Board Meetings

The Council on Aging Board meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of the month at 2:00 via Zoom. The purpose of the COA Board is to support the services of the Council on Aging through various means of determining the needs of the seniors in the community at large.

 

Council Members

  • Anita Dolan
  • Paula Copley
  • Angelina Flannery
  • C. David Hull
  • Diane Wasiuk
 

Food and Rental Assistance

Maynard’s Food Relief Network has compiled and translated the Food Resource Guide.  Please use and share with anyone who needs help obtaining healthy food:

In an effort to ensure home security and provide rental assistance during the COVID-19 the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) provides temporary, monthly rental assistance in the form of a grant to eligible households who have had a loss of income due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This program is funded by the Maynard Affordable Housing Trust

The Town is Now Accepting Applications

Program details in English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese can be found here

Applications in English, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese can be found here

 

Resources

Newsletters

The Council on Aging and State Representative Kate Hogan publish monthly newsletters covering a wide variety of senior-related information.

Visit our Senior Center page to see current and back issues of these newsletters.

Senior Citizen Parking Sticker

senior-parking-stickerThe Town of Maynard has a Senior Parking Sticker program that allows residents who are 62 years old or older to park at any metered space free of charge for up to 2 hours.

Residents interested in the program should bring their license and registration to the Maynard Police Station (197 Main St.) to be issued a sticker.

Senior Citizen Emergency Database Program

help-phoneThe Town of Maynard Public Safety Communications Department (Police and Fire Dispatch) has initiated a new program to assist seniors living in the Town of Maynard.  Having seniors in our community that do not have family or friends checking up on them regularly has led the public safety department to develop a “Senior Citizen Emergency Database Program”.

This program allows the public safety communications department to document in a computer database the names of senior citizens, where they reside, and important contact information. In addition, information concerning current medications and potential special needs during an unusual inclement weather event or natural disaster will be on file.

Visit the Maynard Police Department website to learn more about (and sign up for) this program.