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.



    Applications for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program are being taken at the New
    London office of TVCCA beginning August 3rd. This year, due to the COVID pandemic,
    phone applications will be processed by TVCCA due to the COVID pandemic. In order to
    set up a phone appointment with a TVCCA caseworker, you will need to call 860-425-6681. Once the phone
    interview is over, TVCCA will mail you the application to sign and a request for copies of the document they will
    need to verify your case. This can either be mailed to TVCCA or brought to their secure drop box at their New
    London office.
    The Senior Center will assist the Senior and Disabled population of East Lyme with their applications. Please call
    the Senior Center at 860-739-5859 for instructions on how your application will be processed. For residents who
    reside in Twin Haven and the AHEPA housing complexes, letters will be sent to you with your instructions.
    To be eligible:
    1. In a one-person household, income can be NO greater than $36,645. In a two-person household, income can
    be NO greater than $49,228.
    2. If you are a renter, the first $12,000.00 in liquid assets is disregarded. Any amount over that limit, when added
    to the annual gross income must be below the income guidelines.
    3. If you are a homeowner, the first $15,000.00 in liquid assets is disregarded. Any amount over that limit, when
    added to the annual gross income must be below the income guidelines.
    The following information is required:
    1. Proof of income sources: copy of most recent monthly (quarterly, annual) check or copy of an award letter or
    copy of most recent bank statement showing the direct deposit. If you are employed you must provide a copy
    of your four most recent consecutive pay stubs.
    2. Dividends, annuities or interest income (has to be more than $10/month). Copy of a statement for the most
    recently completed period.
    3. Proof of what you pay for rent. In addition, the name, address and telephone number of your landlord is
    required. If you are a homeowner and pay a mortgage, you must provide proof of your mortgage payment.
    4. If you have a checking and/or savings account, you must bring in the most recent ENTIRE statement.
    5. If natural gas or electricity heats the household, bring in the most recent ENTIRE statement.
    Please remember all members of the household who receive income must report their income.


    The Renter Rebate Program through the State of CT provides a rebate to renters who are elderly or disabled. The
    Senior Center is currently unable to take appointments in the office. All applicants who previously applied have
    been contacted with instructions about how to apply this year. Any new applicants can contact the Senior Center
    office with questions. The application period runs until October 1st. Please be sure to have your
    SSA1099 for 2019 or its equivalent from Social Security as it is required in order to process an application.
    To be eligible:
    1. An applicant or the spouse must be 65 or older; or be 100% disabled (per Social Security);
    or be 50 and a surviving spouse.
    2. Must have lived in Connecticut for 1 year.
    3. Total 2019 income which includes Social Security must not exceed:
    Married $45,100
    Single $37,000
    If you collect Social Security, you must provide your SSA1099 for 2019.
    4. Thirty-five percent of the applicant’s annual rent must exceed 5% of the applicant’s income.
    Proof of income received and rent and utility payments made in calendar year 2019 must be provided.


    2020 Eligibility and Information
    If you are 60 or older, you may be eligible to receive vouchers in the amount of $18 for use at
    our local farmers’ markets. The packet includes 6 “checks” for $3 each = $18pp.
    The items available for purchase are:
    Fruits Vegetables Fresh Cut Herbs Honey from certified CT Grown Farms
    These items would have to be purchased at designated Farmer Markets or farms stands from August through
    October 2020. There is no cash value to these coupons – farmers cannot provide change. One packet of
    vouchers per person, per season only. You cannot receive vouchers from multiple service agencies.
    If you are a married couple, each person gets a packet.
    The maximum household income is $23,060 per year for a household of 1
    or $31,894 per year for a household of 2.
    To apply, contact the Senior Center at 860-739-5859. When you call, you should
    have your monthly income figure available. Additionally, we will want to know if you
    plan on doing the shopping or if you are going to send someone.


    The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st through November 30th. We are ½ way through. The most active period for Atlantic hurricanes is mid August to the end of October. It’s not time to let down your guard. Ever wonder what the Category scale means? Here is a brief overview. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed. This scale estimates potential property damage. Hurricanes reaching Category 3 and higher are considered major hurricanes because of their potential for significant loss and damage. Category 1 and 2 storms are still dangerous, however, and require preventative measures. Be safe and be prepared!!

    Category 1-  74 to 95 mph very dangerous winds will produce some damage

    Category 2-  96 to 110 mph extremely dangerous winds will produce extensive damage

    Category 3-  111 to 129 mph Major: devastating damage will occur

    Category 4-  130 to 156 mph Major: catastrophic damage will occur

    Category 5-  157 mph or higher Major: catastrophic damage will occur

    ELECTION DAY IS COMING on Tuesday, November 3rd

    The Registrars of Voters want you to know that if you are not a registered voter but want to become one, you still have time before the national election. The Registrars’ office is located within the East Lyme Community Center and their office hours are: Mon and Tue 8am to 12pm – Wed 8am to 4pm and Thu and Fri 12pm to 4pm. When you arrive, you will need to provide some sort of identification and proof of address. Your CT driver’s license will suffice but if you do not have one, you can provide the last 4 digits of your social security number and a copy of a current and valid photo ID OR the last 4 digits of your social security number and a current utility bill, or a current bank statement, or a current government check, or a current paycheck or any other government document that shows name and address.
    The Town Clerk’s office would like you to know that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Connecticut Secretary of State’s Office will be mailing out absentee ballot applications to every registered voter in mid-September. If you choose to vote by absentee you can fill out the application and mail it to the East Lyme Town Clerk in the self-addressed stamped envelope that is provided with each application. You can also put the application in the drop box in front of the Town Hall (street side at the top of the stairs and the handicapped ramp) or you can bring it into the Town Clerk’s Office. If you have any questions when you receive that application please contact Karen Miller Galbo, East Lyme Town Clerk at 860-739-6931 ext. 1135.
    There are 3 polling locations this year. Please be sure you know which poll you go to vote.
    Lastly, the Senior Center will be providing rides to the polls. But, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our vehicles are limited to one person onboard at a time. If you are doing to request transportation from us, please make your request as soon as you can.