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Contact information:

Mary Ellen Gomes, Director
Tel: 508-636-1026
Fax: 508-636-1034
E-mail: councilonaging@westport-ma.gov
Address:
Westport Senior Center
75 Reed Road
Westport, MA 02790-1135
Hours:
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.-- Monday - Friday

Council on Aging

  • Bruce Belling
  • Beverley Baughan
  • William Gifford
  • Gordon Price
  • Heather Heath Reed
  • Virginia Routhier

C.O.A Office

  • Director: M. E. Gomes
  • coadirector@westport-ma.gov
  • Principal Clerk: J. Wagner
  • coaclerk@westport-ma.gov
  • Outreach Worker: A. Lemos
  • coaoutreach@westport-ma.gov
  • Elder Visitor: P. Sandman
  • coaeldervisitor@westport-ma.gov
  • Volunteer Coordinator:
  • coavolunteers@westport-ma.gov
  • Maint. Spec. : J. Medeiros
  • Transportation Clerk. : K. Bouley
  • coatransportation@westport-ma.gov

Senior Social Day Program

  • Program Director: C. McQuiod (Acting)
  • coasocialday@westport-ma.gov
  • Assistant Program Director:
  • Activity Director/Adm.Asst:
  • Van Drivers

    • C. Borges
    • R. Braga
    • R. Gomez
    • P. Jaillet
    • A. Verville
    • V. Zeller

The Westport C.O.A. is primarily an information and referral agency to help our elders maintain independence. We will try to help you address your needs either directly or by guiding you through the network of local, state, and federal support services.

What we do

Mission Statement:

The primary function of the Westport Council on Aging is to identify and meet the needs of Westport’s elder population and to inform elders and the community of available services.

Advocacy

Federal and state bills concerning elders can be explained and tracked. Statistics from our files are used to help support elder issues.

Bristol Elder Services, Inc.

Is our A.S.A.P., which provides home care services to lower-income persons 60+, who need assistance to stay in their homes. Services include: case management, homemaker, home health aides, companions, crisis intervention, etc. Our C.O.A. will refer you, or you can call BES directly at [508] 675-2101.

Caregiver Support Group

A monthly self-help group that meets at the Center -- focusing on coping, caring, and emotional support, while providing resources and information to caregivers. Contact Phyllis Sandman, 508-636-1026.

Classes

Aerobics, art expressions, billiards, bingo, knitting, massage, meditation, osteoporosis-prevention, poetry writing, quilting, T’ai Chi, watercolor and quilting are a few of the activities held at the Senior Center. Call for information.

Friendly Visitor

These folks visit homebound elders on a routine basis, providing conversation and cheer, as well as some respite for caregivers. They also check on the isolated client's well-being and report needs to us.

Emergency Help

A list of isolated, frail elders is prepared each year for the Emergency Management Director. During civil emergencies, these clients will be checked on by the Emergency Management Agency.

Emergency Funds

Emergency funds are available, on a limited basis, through Bristol Elder Services, Inc., and also through the Friends of the Westport COA, Inc., for conditions constituting an immediate threat to an elder’s safety or health.

“Evergreen” Newsletter

Our free, monthly bulletin is distributed to over 75 locations throughout the Town. If you would like to receive it by email please send your Name, telephone and email to coavolunteers@westport-ma.gov. You can also find us on Facebook and get the latest news on events and programs.

Insurance Counseling

S.H.I.N.E. [Serving Health Information Needs of Elders] is a volunteer program whose purpose is to ensure elders access to accurate, unbiased information, counseling, and assistance regarding their health care needs and benefits. Call the COA counselor for an appointment.

J.O.B.S.

Job Opportunities Bank for Seniors is a list of local people available to work for short periods at reasonable rates. Clients do their own screening.

Lawyer Referral Services

This legal assistance program is available for elders 60+, with the first consultation free. There is a sliding-scale fee for additional legal services. Call South Coastal Counties Legal Service, Inc. at 508-676-6265.

Meal Site

Elders 60+ are eligible to eat lunch at our Center on weekdays at 11:30 a.m., for a small-suggested donation of $2/meal. Reservations need to be made two days in advance, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Call the COA kitchen at 508-636-1026.

Meals-On-Wheels

A program for isolated, homebound elders who cannot prepare their own noon meal. Applications for this BES program are available through the COA. A suggested donation of $2/meal is requested.

Medical Equipment Closet

Wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, etc. are available to be lent without charge. Call ahead for availability.

Podiatry Clinics

Routine nail-cutting clinics are held several times a year at a local Podiatrist’s office. Appointments and transportation are arranged by the COA, 508-636-1026.

Prescription Advantage

Provides coverage for most prescription drugs to eligible Massachusetts seniors and qualified people with disabilities; administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. This is a no premium insurance policy which may help pay all or part of your monthly premium, deductible, and co-payments.

Senior Social Day Program

--“The Group” For adults 60+, who need supervision and socialization during the day, elders are provided with a structured program in a safe and caring environment; and their families are provided respite time. The Social Day Program service is available from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Senior Center. For $30 per day, snacks, meals, and supervision are included. Transportation is provided per request on a sliding-fee scale. (More info . . .)

S.H.I.N.E. (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders)

Information about Medicare insurance, supplements, MassHealth, etc., call the SHINE counselor. Telephone consultations and one-on-one appoint-ments can be arranged for Westport residents by calling 508-636-1026.

Tax Assistance

Volunteers from A.A.R.P. will help you with simple tax forms from February through April. Call the C.O.A. for details.

Transportation

Our handicapped-accessible vans are available on a first-come, first-served basis for Westport residents to appointments in Westport, Fall River, New Bedford and Dartmouth. The cost is $3 one way and $5 round trip.

  • Transportation to appointments is available on Monday - Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m..
  • Medical Appointments
  • Local Grocery Stores
  • Pharmacy's
  • Hairdresser Appointments
  • Local Shopping Centers
When you make your appointments call us immediately to schedule a ride. Have the exact business or doctor's name, street address, telephone number and the approximate duration of your appointment (pick up time) when you call. Scholarships are available per request for Westport residents.

Please plan at least two weeks in advance due to limited availability.

Volunteers Needed

Westport Council on Aging needs volunteers to help at the Senior Center and out in the community. Please call the Senior Center (508-636-1026) if you are interested in any of the following volunteer opportunities:

  • Reception - answering phones, making appointments, providing information
  • Supportive Day Program Aide - assist with daily activities of the program
  • Evergreen newsletter deliverers - alternates
  • Telephone Assurance Program (TAP) - weekly calls to homebound or isolated elders
  • Van Escorts - to accompany van clients to doctor's appointments, shopping, etc.
  • Friendly Visitors - to visit isolated and homebound elders weekly
  • Shoppers - to run shopping errands for homebound elders
  • Food Pantry - to staff the food pantry on Thursdays or to help sort and label donations

Recent Posts

Recent News and calendar items from the Westport Council on Aging

Westport Council on Aging Evergreen Newsletter with Activities and Events Calendars for July and August 2012

Westport Council on Aging Activities and Events Calendar June 2012

Westport Council on Aging June 2012 Newsletter

Westport Council on Aging Activities and Events Calendar May 2012

Westport Council on Aging May 2012 Newsletter

Westport Council on Aging April 2012 Evergreen

Westport Council on Aging Activites and Events Calendar April 2012

Westport Council on Aging March 2012 Evergreen

Westport Council on Aging Activites and Events Calendar February 2012

Westport Council on Aging February 2012 Evergreen

Job Opportunity - Transportation Clerk

Job Opportunity - Westport Council on Aging Director Social Day Care Program

Westport Council on Aging January 2012 Activities and Events Calendar

Westport Council on Aging January 2012 Evergreen

Westport Council on Aging Activites and Events Calendar December 2011

Westport Council on Aging December 2011 Evergreen

Westport Council on Aging Activities and Events Calendar November 2011

Westport Council on Aging November Evergreen

Westport Council on Aging Activities and Events Calendar October 2011

Westport Council on Aging October Evergreen

Westport Council on Aging Evergreen September 2011

Westport Wealth and Health Expo Exhibitors Registration Form 2011

Magnolia Night

Westport Council On Aging Evergreen July & August 2011

Westport Council On Aging Evergreen Newsletter June 2011

April 2011 Westport Council on Aging Evergreen Newsletter

Candidate's Tea at Westport Council on Aging March 29, 20111

Council On Aging March 2011 Evergreen Newsletter

Westport Council on Aging - Evergreen

Westport Evergreen Newsletter - January 2011

COA December 2010 Evergreen Newsletter

COA November 2010 Evergreen

Westport Evergreen Newsletter October 2010

Westport Wealth and Health Expo-2010 at COA 9/24

COA September Evergreen Newsletter

COA August Newsletter

July 2010 Evergreen Newsletter

COA June Evergreen Newsletter

COA May 2010 Evergreen Newsletter

COA APRIL 2010 EVERGREEN NEWSLETTER

COA March Evergreen Newsletter

COA February 2010 Evergreen Newsletter

COA JANUARY 2010 EVERGREEN

COA December Evergreen Newsletter

COA NOVEMBER 2009 EVERGREEN NEWSLETTER

COA OCTOBER 2009 EVERGREEN NEWSLETTER

COA SEPTEMBER 2009 "Evergreen" Newsletter

COA JULY/AUGUST 2009 "Evergreen" Newsletter

COA JUNE 2009 "Evergreen" Newsletter

COA May 2009 Evergreen Newsletter

COA April 2009 Evergreen Newsletter

COA March 2009 "Evergreen" Newsletter

COA Evergreen Newsletter--February 2009

COA JANUARY 2009 Evergreen Newsletter

COA November 2008 "Evergreen" Newsletter

COA OCTOBER 2008 EVERGREEN Newsletter

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COA September "Evergreen" newsletter

COA September "Evergreen" newsletter

COA July/August 2008 "Evergreen" newsletter

COA June 2008 "Evergreen" newsletter

COA May 2008 Evergreen Newsletter

COA April 2008 "Evergreen" Newsletter

COA April 2008 "Evergreen" Newsletter

COA April 2008 "Evergreen" Newsletter

COA April 2008 "Evergreen" Newsletter

COA April 2008 "Evergreen" Newsletter

COA April 2008 "Evergreen" Newsletter

COA April 2008 "Evergreen" Newsletter

March 2008 COA Evergreen newsletter

COA February 2008 Evergreen newsletter

COA "Evergreen" January 2008

COA December 2007 "Evergreen" newsletter

COA November 2007 "Evergreen" newsletter

COA October 2007 "Evergreen" newsletter

COA Positions Available

COA September 2007 "Evergreen" newsletter

COA July / August 2007 "Evergreen" Newsletter

COA July / August 2007 "Evergreen" Newsletter

COA July / August 2007 "Evergreen" Newsletter

COA JUNE 2007 "Evergreen" newsletter

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COA MAY 2007 Evergreen newsletter

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April 2007 COA Evergreen newsletter

April 2007 COA Evergreen newsletter

April 2007 COA Evergreen newsletter

COA March 2007 "Evergreen" newsletter

COA February 2007 Evergreen newsletter

COA January 2007 "Evergreen" newsletter

COA December 2006 "Evergreen" newsletter

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COA November 2006 Evergreen Newsletter

COA October 2006 "Evergreen" newsletter

COA September 2006 "Evergreen" newsletter

COA July/August 2006 "Evergreen" newsletter

COA: June 2006 "Evergreen" newsletter

COA 'Evergreen' newsletter - April 2006

Evergreen (newsletter) March 2006

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