1. What is the Council on Aging?
The Council on Aging is a social service branch of the town government existing to help elders and their families. The all part-time Staff is guided in policy and procedure by a volunteer Board of Directors appointed by the Selectmen. Funding is principally from the Town with additional grant monies from the state and at times other sources. The Friends of the Newbury Council on Aging is a private nonprofit 501©3 agency which provides valuable financial aid for programs not covered by the Town budget. Volunteers support the Staff with hours of administrative and service time. Services from the C.O.A. are free of charge and all inquiries are confidential.
2. Where is the Senior Center located?
The Council on Aging Office is located in the F. Ryeburn Lynch Senior Center in the Newbury Elementary School at 63 Hanover Street, east of Route 1 just south of the Newburyport traffic circle (the location of the court house and train station) and west of Route 1A at the Upper Green. The Senior Center has its own clearly marked entrance in the back of the round part of the Round School and there is a small designated parking lot to the right of the N.E.S. entrance sign on Hanover Street.
3. When is the Senior Center open?
The Center is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 until 3:00 and for special functions. It is closed on legal holidays. For your convenience there is a 24-hour phone answering machine where messages may be left.
4. To whom do I speak when I call?
When you call the C.O.A., one of the volunteer Receptionists will answer the phone. Tell her the general nature of your inquiry and she will connect you with the Staff person most knowledgeable in that area. As all Staff work only part time, this may require a call back from the Staff the following day. All calls are confidential.
The Council on Aging should be your first call for professional and helpful information for community based services for elders.