Council on Aging

ANNOUNCEMENTS


When the school is closed due to a storm, our classes are canceled and the COA is closed. 
If school opening is delayed, our COA opening is delayed as well. 

Don't Miss the "Shed Your Meds" Lunch Presentation, February 21st. Click here for details. 

Meetings

  • Rockport Senior Center
    58 Broadway
    Rockport, MA 01966

Members

  • Nancy Kearns, Chair
  • Shirley Conway, Member
  • Jennifer Perry, Member
  • Nancy Pitman, Member
  • Heather Hennessy, Member
  • Kathleen Skrabut, Member
  • Julie Young, Member

Staff

Overview

The Town of Rockport and its Council on Aging provide the information to assist the community. It does not endorse or recommend any of the vendors.

The Rockport Council on Aging is based out of the Rockport Senior Center located at 58 Broadway and is located in the heart of Rockport, close to churches, the Town offices, the train station, and the bus line. The center has noon lunches, classes, activities, a well-equipped kitchen, television, DVD, fitness classes, a computer room, and fitness equipment available for use.

Mission Statement

To design, promote, and implement services and programs that directly benefit our senior community. The COA serves as the focal point for Rockport seniors and their families in a safe and friendly environment.

The Rockport Council on Aging was established at the Town Meeting on March 1, 1971. Councils on Aging in Massachusetts were first created by Chapter 495 of the Acts of 1956 and made part of the General Laws Section 8B of Chapter 40.

The Rockport Council on Aging consists of 7 to 11 citizens of Rockport and are appointed by the Board of Selectmen for terms not to exceed four years for any member. Said terms shall be staggered so that not more than three appointments shall be made in any calendar year. Members can be reappointed for consecutive terms. The duties of the Council on Aging include to:

  • Identify the total needs of the community's elderly population
  • Educate the community and enlist the support and participation of all citizens concerning these needs
  • Design, promote, and implement services to fill these needs or coordinate present existing services in the community
  • Promote and support any other programs which are designed to assist elderly programs in the community

The Rockport Council on Aging works in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Elder Affairs and stays current on state and federal legislation concerning funding, information exchange, and program planning which exists for better community programming for the elderly.