Peter J. Tesei, First Selectman
Greenwich Town Hall
101 Field Point Rd. • Greenwich, CT 06830
For information: 203-622-7700
Commission on Aging
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)
203-862-6710 • Greenwich, CT 06830
Fax: 203-862-6701 • Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Director • Lori Ann Contadino
Programs include: Directory of Aging and Disability Services for Greenwich, 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 Social Services
Department states that its 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 you to the essential resources of the community. These resources provide the support you may need, such as food, shelter, educational and employment opportunities, personal safety and access to health care 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 staff that are “bi-lingual.”
Town Hall, 3rd Floor • 203-622-3800 • Fax: 203-622-7762 Office Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Commissioner • Alan D. Barry, Ph.D.
Director of Case Management • George O’Loughlin
Director of Homemaker Service
• Marcia Parkin Lawrence • 203-622-3800
• Case Management Services. Specific Case Management services include: • Assistance with applications for benefit and entitlement programs, such as Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, Energy Assistance, Renter’s Rebate, Veteran’s Benefits. • In-home assessments to develop a service plan of care. • Guidance and evaluation for housing, including eviction concerns. • Assistance with employment and training concerns. • In-home assessments for Department’s Homemaker 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.
• Homemaker Service assists elderly and disabled who have difficulty with everyday activities or need help during times of illness. Assistance may include companionship and help with dressing, bathing, light housekeeping, laundry, shopping, meal preparation, temporary child or dependent care. Service also available to families of elderly and disabled. Referrals taken from all sources. Sliding scale of fees charged, but no one denied service because of inability to pay.
Department of HEALTH
Under aegis of Board of Health, 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
Fax: 203-622-7770 • Office 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, APRN, CS
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 health care sessions; early identification of health problems through screenings; health maintenance; health education; home visits; consultation and communication with medical and social service providers.
Senior Home Health Maintenance Program
Contact • 203-622-7864 or 203-622-6495
Program provides nursing care and case coordination to homebound frail or chronically ill residents whose care is not covered by insurance or other health care providers. 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 55+.
299 Greenwich Ave. • Greenwich, CT 06830
203-862-6700 • Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Administrator • Laurette Helmrich
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.
Supportive Services for Families and Caregivers
Commission on Aging’s Directory of Aging & Disability Services contains information on number of public and private agencies and facilities in the Greenwich area providing for-free or for-fee alternative care for patients in need of temporary substitute care to allow family members respite-short times away-from their caregiving duties. Direct services include health insurance counseling and Share the Fare Taxi program.
• Call-A-Ride of Greenwich
203-661-6633 • Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-3:30 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.-Fri., 6:30 a.m.-8 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. 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
Fax: 203-618-7655 • 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.
Greenwich Library System
Library system has four components—three public and one independent. Main Greenwich Library is town’s pre-eminent information and knowledge resource. Branch Libraries meet local community needs and facilitate access to collection and services of Main Library. Independent Perrot Library strongly oriented to the Old Greenwich community. System operates bookmobile to Senior Center, other sites. Books, audiobooks mailed to homebound on request.
Library System Director • Barbara Ormerod Glynn
Main Greenwich Library
101 W. Putnam Ave. • 203-622-7900
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.;
Sun., 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Town Hall, First Floor • 203-622-7879
Fax: 203-622-6451 • Hours: Sept.-June, Mon.-Fri.,
8 a.m.-4 p.m.; July/Aug., Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.,
Fri., 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Judge • David W. Hopper
Call 911 for all emergencies.
Headquarters: 11 Bruce Place
Greenwich, CT 06830
Main phone (non-emergencies): 203-622-8000
Chief • Jim Heavey • 203-622-8010
Office: 75 Holly Hill Ln. • Greenwich, CT 06830
Main phone (non-emergencies): 203-622-3950
Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Chief • Peter Siecienski
Greenwich Emergency Medical Service, Inc. (GEMS)
GEMS is an independent not-for-profit organization providing emergency medical services 24/7 by highly trained teams utilizing emergency response vehicles (including three ambulances) based at four strategically located stations. GEMS raises about half of its
Executive Director • Tracy Schietinger
Main Business Office: 1111 E. Putnam Ave.
Riverside, CT 06878
Non-emergencies: 203-637-7505 • Fax: 203-637-1762
Other Important Phone Numbers
Animal Control • 203-622-8299
Health Dept. • 203-622-6488
Parks & Recreation Dept. • 203-622-7814
Public Works • 203-622-7740
Registrars of Voters • 203-622-7890 and 203-622-7889
Tax Collector • 203-622-7891
Town Clerk • 203-622-7897
Greenwich’s Population by Age
(Source: Latest Decennial U.S. Census)
Total 60+ 13,526
Total population of Greenwich: 61,171
Percentage 60 years of age or over: 22.2%
Land area: 47.8 sq. mi.