Human and Social Services
The Department of Human and Social Services arranges for the provision of programs and services to adults of all ages, including senior citizens and people with disabilities.
Director • Julie DeMarco
100 Mona Terrace • Fairfield, CT 06824 203-256-3169
• Services (by appointment): information, referral, assessment and counseling regarding: Medicare/Medigap; HMOs; certain legal matters; long-term care; fuel assistance; tax assistance; volunteer opportunities; family problems; Title 19 and other entitlements; housing assistance; home care and visits; nursing homes/assisted living;
support groups; more. For information about an appointment with a social worker regarding careplanning or entitlements, call 203-256-3169.
Bigelow Center for Senior Activities
The Bigelow Center is the main resource location for activities and services for older adults and their families and caregivers.
100 Mona Terrace • Fairfield, CT 06824
203-256-3166 • Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Director • Julie DeMarco
• Activities: defensive driving courses; fitness and exercise programs; dancing; arts and crafts; bingo and card games; senior groups (music/singing, TV/video, investment, walking, others); movies; Learning in Retirement programs; computer classes and Continuing Education classes.
• Health screenings (by schedule): blood pressure and others.
• Hot Lunch: reservations required two days in advance; $5.00.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 12:15 p.m.
Buses are available for transportation for seniors. Please call the Senior Center dispatcher at 203-256-3168, Mon. through Fri. between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for service.
Bus service is limited to:
• Medical appointments.
• Grocery shopping on scheduled days according to location and limited to 1½ hours.
• Coming to the Senior Center.
• Special approved outings.
• Bus service to the Senior Center or shopping is one punch for round trip.
• Bus service to the doctor in: Fairfield is two punches each way (or $2.00 round trip); Bridgeport is four punches each way (or $4.00 round trip).
• A ten-punch bus ticket may be purchased at the dispatcher’s office for $5.00.
For reservation information or further details, please call the Senior Center dispatcher: 203-256-3168.
75 Mill Plain Rd. • Fairfield, CT 06824
203-256-3191 • Fax: 203-256-3145
5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.;
Sat.-Sun. 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
In addition to facilities for classes, games and events, the Recreation Center maintains a fully equipped and staffed fitness center for aerobics, strength training and other exercises. A yearly membership in the Recreation Center is $110 for persons 62 and older. Three-month memberships are available for $55. Call the Center for more information. Persons who meet Social Services Department eligibility requirements may obtain yearly memberships for $55. Call 203-256-3170 for details.
Tax Relief Programs
The Town, in conjunction with the State of Connecticut, offers several tax relief programs for disabled persons and qualified residents age 65 and over. The programs are administered by the Assessor’s Office. Application period Feb. 1-May 15.
Tax Assessor • Ross D. Murray
611 Old Post Rd. • Fairfield, CT 06824 203-256-3110
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Town, through its Office of Community & Economic Development (OCED), maintains a list of providers of housing for the elderly and disabled in Fairfield. As these facilities are operated by different entities, those interested should contact each one individually to determine current availability, eligibility requirements, and application procedures. To see this list, go to www.fairfieldct.org/content/10726/13067/13304.aspx and click on the appropriate link.
For information on Rental Assistance or the Housing Choice Vouchers Program under the federal Section 8 program, contact Carol Martin,
The Handyman Program is administered by OCED with federal funding to assist low-income homeowners with minor maintenance and repairs. For information, contact 203-256-3120.
Judge • Kate Maxham
725 Old Post Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824 203-256-3041
File of Life and Free Blood Pressure Screenings
The Fairfield Fire Department recommends keeping updated medical information readily available in the event of an emergency for fire, police, and ambulance personnel. The File of Life is a refrigerator magnet with an attached red plastic pocket labeled “FILE OF LIFE”. In the plastic pocket is a tri-fold card on which you can record your vital emergency information. Fill in the information on the card. Remember, the information will help first responders to better assist you in an emergency. Please stop by a local fire station to pick up your kit and have your blood pressure taken.