Welcome to Council on Aging

The Westwood Council on Aging, a department of the Town of Westwood, is dedicated to serving seniors and assisting their families and friends with aging issues. In cooperation with other organizations, the Council on Aging serves both elders who are well and those with some degree of frailty. Our professional and office staff, both paid and volunteer, are at your service at the Westwood Senior Center . We welcome your questions and suggestions. 

Contact Information:
Westwood Council on Aging
60 Nahatan Street
Westwood, MA  02090
781-329-8799 (office)
781-329-5949 (fax)
Pat Larkin, Director of COA

plarkin@townhall.westwood.ma.us

Passport Services are temporarily unavailable at Westwood Senior Center.

 

Programs & Services:

• Arts & Crafts
• Blood Pressure Clinics
• Bridge Group
• Card Games
• Computer Classes
• Cribbage Group
• Day Trips
• Deaconess-Glover
• Exercise Class
• Friends of Westwood
• Financial Programs
• Games
• Fuel Assistance
• Health Insurance Information
• Home Delivered Meals
• Information & Referral
• Intergeneration Groups
• Knitting Class
• Legal Assistance
• Library
• Monthly Newsletter
• Musical Programs
• Noon Meal:  Monday - Friday
• Property Tax Work-Off Program

 
• Outreach & Counseling
• Quilting Class
• Senior Tax Write Off Program
• Speakers Bureau
• Tai Chi Class
• Tax Preparation
• Transportation
• Volunteer Opportunities
• Whist Group
• Writing Series

 

Senior Center:
The Westwood Senior Center is a good place for people to join a friend for coffee, make new friends, or attend one of the many ongoing programs or activities. You can also usually find a quiet spot to read a good book from our library, the daily and weekly newspapers, or use the computers.

Westwood Senior Center Hours:
Monday – Thursday:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday:  8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Information & Referral: 
The Council on Aging staff provides information on transportation services, homemaker services, housing, medical insurance including Medicare and Medicaid, financial assistance programs, volunteer opportunities, and many other aging-related subjects. In addition, the staff of the Council on Aging at the Westwood Senior Center works with local, state and federal agencies to bring you accurate, useful and up-to-date information.

Outreach & Counseling:
The Council on Aging staff includes a part-time outreach worker who is available to elders and their families for support, counseling and information concerning the many and varied issues facing elders on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and a social worker available for private conferences as well as bereavement and support groups.

Transportation:
The Council on Aging has a Medical Van available for transporting elders and disabled Westwood residents to medical appointments. The Medical Van has a wheechair lift to assist disabled clients. Two-day advance notice is requested.

The Council on Aging also has a ten-passenger van to assist with the following:
• Food & Mall Shopping
• Trips to the Senior Center
• Assistance to Town Events, Scheduled Cultural and Educational Trips, Theater Trips

Other transportation services available:
• The RIDE applications
• Westfare Taxi Coupons
• Foxfield Taxi and Fish

Informational Programs:
Information of special interest to elders is available at the Senior Center. There are lectures, fliers and pamphlets that address topics related to legal matters, consumer issues, health and medical information, etc. Many of these programs and informational materials are provided by community agency professionals from Deaconess-Glover Hospital, Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, HESSCO, area Visiting Nurse agencies, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Council on Aging maintains video tapes of presentations that may be borrowed for home viewing.  Town officials, Westwood department heads and our state legislators visit the Senior Center regularly to report to seniors and to listen to concerns and answer questions.

Lunch:
A noontime meal is served at the Senior Center at 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations for weekday meals must be made 48 hours in advance. A donation of $3.00 for all meals is requested to help defray the cost. To make a reservation call 781-329-6514. This service is provided by HESSCO.

Health Insurance Information:
Health insurance policies and claim procedures may be confusing to many, but not to the well-trained SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) volunteers. They can help you understand what policies are available, the benefits of each, and how to claim benefits. There is no charge for this service.

Blood Pressure Clinic:
Clinics are held the third Wednesday of every month from 9:00-11:30 AM at the Senior Center by a public health nurse. Appointments can also be made by calling the public health nurse at 781-251-2576. Blood pressure is taken and health concerns can be discussed.

Monthly Newsletter: 
The monthly newsletter is the information tool of events scheduled at the Senior Center that are of interest to Westwood seniors and their families. Call the Council on Aging to be put on the mailing list. The newsletter fee is $4.00 per year.Please click here to view the COA Newsletters.

Tax Preparation:
In cooperation with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), federal and state income tax preparation assistance is provided by appointment with a trained volunteer.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteers fill a variety of positions at the Westwood Senior Center. They lead groups, provide office support including utilizing computer skills, offer hospitality, transport elders and undertake special projects. There are also many other ways they help at the Center. If you would like to volunteer or have special skills or interests to share, please give us a call at 781-329-8799.

Library Books & Newspapers: 
The Senior Center library’s regular size and large print books can be read at the Senior Center or borrowed to be read at home. Books include the classics as well as current titles from the Westwood Public Library. Please feel free to stop in anytime.

Day Trips:
Day trips to various places throughout New England are offered regularly. All trip information can be found on page 5 of the monthly newsletter.

Cooperating Organizations:

• American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
• Deaconess-Glover Hospital
• Friends of Westwood Council on Aging
• HESSCO – Area Agency on Aging
• Interfaith Counsel
• MA Bar Association
• MA Executive office of Elder Affairs (EOEA)
• Norwood Caritas Hospital


 
• Roche Bros. Supermarkets
• Visiting Nurse Associates of Dedham, Needham and Walpole
• West Suburban Elder Services, Inc.
• Westwood Arts Lottery Council
• Westwood Board of Health
• Foundation for Westwood Education (formally Westwood Education Foundation)
• Westwood Free Public Library
• Westwood Garden Club
• Westwood Lyons Club


 
• Westwood Recreation Department
• Westwood Retired Men’s Club
• Westwood Rotary Club
• Westwood School Department
• Westwood Senior Women’s Club
• Westwood Young Women’s Club
• Youth & Family Services
 
 

 

 

Last updated: 09/17/13