Commission on Aging

On May 15, 1985, the Town of East Lyme passed an ordinance that created the Commission on Aging.  The Commission is a 7 member Board consisting of interested residents of the Town which must have minority representation.

The purpose of the Commission is to:

  1. Review and analyze the needs and conditions of the elderly persons of the Town in relation to housing, nutrition, employment, health, recreation, social services, transportation, and other matters and problems within the jurisdiction of the Commission.
  2. Plan, coordinate, develop and implement programs to meet the needs and to improve the conditions of the elderly persons of the Town, upon the Board’s own initiative or on the recommendations of the Senior Citizen Administrator.
  3. Through the Senior Center Director and others, as necessary, provide coordination of such plans and programs among all related services.

The monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every month starting at 5pm. The meetings are held at the Senior Center and the public is welcome to attend. If a member of the public has a concern and wants to address the Board, there are two ways in which this can be handled. At the Board meeting, a person can address the Board during the Delegations section of the meeting. Or, a person can ask the Senior Center Director to add an item to the monthly meeting Agenda.

The current makeup of the Board is:

Joe Palazzo                  Chairperson

John Whritner            Vice-Chairperson

Ilene Harris                 Secretary/Treasurer

Marge Caste                Board Member

Barbara Smith            Board Member

Joan Bengston            Board Member

Michael Bekech          Board Member

Roseanne Hardy        Selectman and Ex-Officio


The East Lyme Senior Center can assist you or someone you know with regards to services available within our community. If you have questions, please call at 860-739-5859 for an appointment.



    Senior Nutrition Program

    The Senior Center and TVCCA provide lunches with a 24 hour reservation Monday through Friday at 11:45am. Monthly menus are printed in the Senior Center’s monthly newsletter – The Courier. $3.00 suggested donation.

    Meals on Wheels

    The Senior Center and TVCCA provide Meals on Wheels Monday through Friday to East Lyme adults age 60 and over who are temporarily or long term homebound. Please contact TVCCA for eligibility at 860-885-2745.



    2nd Wed of every month from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    A nurse from the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Connecticut (VNA of SECT) is available for questions regarding health and medication. Appointments are required.


    Offered five days per week.  The MOWs program delivers a hot lunch, frozen dinners, frozen holiday meals, frozen weekend meals and emergency meals.


    Tue through Fri at 11:45am

    Suggested donation of $3pp – Must make a reservation a day in advance.