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.

 

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.

 

COA Van Services

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Read more about the COA Van’s daily services.

 

Go Maynard! Taxi Rides Program

This program is funded with a grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s (MAPC) COVID-19 Taxicab, Livery, and Hackney Transportation Partnership. MAPC, in partnership with MassDevelopment, has developed this state-wide emergency grant program to provide funding for state and municipal agencies that coordinate transportation services, regional transit authorities (RTAs), and Health and Human Services Transportation (HHST) providers to contract with taxicab, livery, or hackney businesses for transportation and delivery needs for the Commonwealth’s vulnerable populations and others in need during the current COVID-19 emergency.

The service is temporary, with the intention of lasting through 2021. There is no fee to participate. These special time-limited, grant-funded transportation services via taxi, will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. All rides must begin or end in Maynard.

Who is eligible for this service?

  • Maynard residents meeting at least one of these requirements:
  • Adults aged 50 and over
  • Individuals with a disability
  • Financial Need
  • Active-Duty Military/Veteran
  • Essential Worker

Please contact the Council on Aging at 978-897-1009 to apply for the program.

 

Updates from the COA Director

Plans to re-engage with others at the COA are being formed. We are anticipating opening the doors mid-August by creating more physical space to gather, having smaller groups, requiring registrations for classes and activities, and of course, those who are not vaccinated will need to wear a mask. It’s important to remember that even those who have been vaccinated may prefer to wear a mask as well. Our fitness and art classes which are available on Zoom, will continue on Zoom as we phase programs in. We can look forward to more “Grab-n-Go’s” (drive through and pick up a meal made by Flo’s Catering) at the Elks, an ice cream truck (the COA Van) and the potential for use of an off-site space where we can hold larger events such as musical performances. From weekly meetings with my fellow COA directors, feedback to reopening has included considering seniors’ comfort levels with in-person activities. I will have clearer guidelines before we all get together again.

This past year I had the opportunity to spend time exploring options for a space for the COA which appropriately meets our current and short-term needs. (Our long-er term goal is, of course, an established facility for Maynard’s seniors to call their own.) Since the COA relocated to the golf course in 2015, I have met with local organizations to discuss sharing space, considered properties for sale, those in need of renovation or those with the ability to become a multi-use facility. Some opportunities were more positive or feasible than others, but to date none of these met the COA Board’s priorities of ease of access, sufficient parking, room to expand programs and attendance as well as being close to downtown Maynard. I am very pleased, as is the COA Board, to now be able to recommend a potential match to these priorities. More to follow.

I’m excited what the future holds for Maynard’s seniors and look forward to catching up in August!

Amy Loveless
COA Director

 

Council Members

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

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.

 

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.