Commission on Aging Board
Appointed to help meet needs of older residents by: identifying and documenting needs; planning and coordinating services to meet needs; providing education, information and referral about elder issues; advocating for elder issues at local, state, national levels.
299 Greenwich Ave. (Senior Center)
Greenwich, CT 06830 • 203-862-6710
Fax: 203-862-6701 • 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Director • Lori Contadino
Customer Service Representative Maria Higbie • 203-862-6710
• Directory of Aging and Disability Services for Greenwich, a comprehensive directory of local and regional programs available to Greenwich seniors. Published by Commission and available at its office or online. Other important Greenwich-specific reports and resource directories also available on senior transportation, housing, legal access and respite care.
• Share-the-Fare Taxi Program. Reduced fare taxi vouchers are available for purchase at Commission on Aging office, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Individuals must be 62 years of age or older and a resident of Greenwich. Vouchers can be used for transportation within the town. To arrange a ride, call Greenwich Taxi at 203-869-6000.
• Health Insurance Counseling Program makes volunteers available on free, confidential basis for individual counseling on Medicare, Medicare D, supplemental insurance and the Medicare Savings program.
Department of Human Services
Department’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of Greenwich residents through support in meeting basic human needs and promoting services that foster self-sufficiency and economic independence. We connect residents to the essential resources of the community. These resources provide the support such as food, shelter, educational and employment opportunities, personal safety, and access to healthcare services. The available services are diverse and support all ages. Our services are provided by a dedicated professional staff and a network of community partners.
We also have bilingual staff available
Town Hall, 3rd Floor • 203-622-3800 Fax: 203-622-7762 • Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. After hours by appointment Mon.-Fri. 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Commissioner • Alan D. Barry, Ph.D.
Director of Admissions/Programs
Monica Bruning, LCSW • 203-622-7793
Director of Case Management
George O’Loughlin, LCSW
Home Care and Transportation Supervisor Marcia Parkin Lawrence
• Admission and Applications
services include: Assessment and referral (including home visits if needed).
Assistance with applications for benefit and entitlement programs, such as Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, Energy Assistance, Renter’s Rebate, Veteran’s Benefits. • Guidance and evaluation for housing, including eviction concerns. • Holiday Aid • Senior camp • English as a Second Language classes • Salvation Army Assistance.
• Case Management Services include: Assistance with employment and training • In-home assessments for Department’s Home Care Service. Protective services for those over the age of 60 who may be experiencing financial exploitation, abuse, neglect by others or self-neglect. • Guidance through the petition process of Probate Court for those who may need a conservator. • Assistance with finding legal services. • Temporary (Emergency) Financial Assistance.
• Home Care Service and Client Transportation assists elderly and
disabled who have difficulty with everyday activities or need help during times of illness or disability. Home care staff are available to assist with light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, dressing assistance and assistance with bathing. Client Transportation includes door-to-door transportation to medical and legal appointments, Neighbor-to- Neighbor food delivery and benefit application.
Department of Health
Under aegis of the Board of Health, the
Department is dedicated to protecting, promoting and improving the health of Greenwich residents through programs that help prevent disease, illness, disability, and premature death. Public health services create a healthy and safe environment so that all may obtain a healthier lifestyle.
Town Hall, 3rd Floor • 203-622-6488
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Director of Health • Caroline Calderone Baisley, MPH, RS
Division of Family Health Director
Deborah C. Travers, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC 203-622-3782
The programs and services of the Family Health Division are provided to enable individuals to achieve and maintain optimum physical, emotional, and social health. All program areas include: preventive healthcare sessions; early identification of health problems through screenings and surveillance; health maintenance; health education; home visits; consultation and communication with medical and social service providers.
Senior Home Health Maintenance Program, • 203-622-7859
Program provides nursing care and case coordination to homebound frail and/or senior residents with chronic illness who strive to remain independent in their homes. Public health nurses provide health monitoring—such as hypertension screening, preventive care (particularly adult immunization), and anticipatory guidance through weekly clinics at Town Hall and the Senior Center and monthly clinics at six other locations in the community. Flu and pneumonia clinics are held annually in October; call 203-622-3774 or 203-622-6495 for information on these clinics.
Town Hall Hypertension Screening and (Adult) Immunization Clinics • Offer recommended vaccines for adults, such as Shingles, Pneumonia and TDAP vaccines. Mon., Wed., Fri., 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. No appointment necessary. Call 203-622-6495.
Operates as a division of the Commission on Aging. Free to Greenwich residents 62+.
299 Greenwich Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Administrator • Laurette Helmrich 203-862-6720
Program Specialist • Lynn Mason 203-862-6721
Senior programs and services include: daily continental breakfast and full hot luncheon, including lunches “to go”; health forums; wellness lectures; crossword puzzles and word games; Silvertones traveling chorus; professionally led discussions; Italian classes; painting classes with instructor; day excursions; fitness classes—pilates, t’ai chi, chair/floor yoga, zumba gold, year-round water aerobics, Feldenkreis-style movements, more—facilitated by credentialed instructors. Also on premises: Computer Center; Utilize Senior Energy (USE); public health nurse; offices of the Commission on Aging. Fees apply only to: meals; day trips; special events; annual parking pass. Free daily TAG bus transportation available. Lantern newsletter available at the Senior Center, Town Hall and Greenwich libraries.
• Call-A-Ride of Greenwich
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free door-to-door service for those 60 and older, who are ambulatory, to anywhere in Greenwich. Reservations necessary—as far in advance as possible.
• Share-the-Fare Taxi Program
See Commission on Aging entry for information on this program.
• TAG (Transportation Association of Greenwich)
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Transportation provided for eligible elderly or disabled to programs, hospitals, medical appointments and recreational activities in Greenwich, Stamford, and Norwalk. Fee charged.
Tax Relief Programs
Town Assessor receives applications between February 1 and May 15 for tax relief for certain property owners over 65 under Elderly Homeowners’ Tax Relief Act (State program) and Elderly Property Tax Relief (Town program). Assistance offered to new applicants.
Town Hall, 1st Floor • 203-622-7885
Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Assessor • Lauren Elliott
Department of Social Services receives applications for Renter’s Rebate Program under State’s Elderly Renters’ Tax Relief Act. Applicants can make appointment to receive information and assistance in applying.
Judge • David W. Hopper
Town Hall, First Floor,
101 Field Point Rd.,
Greenwich, CT 06830