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.



    Nancy Jablonski
    Thu, Jan 6th from 10am to 12pm at the Senior Center – 45
    minute appointments start at 10am. Free hearing test, a
    hearing aid check, wax inspection,

    Mature Driver Safety Class Returns!

    In person.
    Wed, Feb 9th from 12:30 – 4:30pm
    East Lyme Public Library
    Payment by check to AARP
    $20 for AARP Member
    $25 for Non-Member


    The AARP Tax-Aide program will return this year to provide free tax counseling and preparation for middle to low-Income taxpayers with special attention to those people aged 60 and over. To schedule your appointment and get the details about how the program will operate, call starting Jan 10th.

    LUNCH & LEARN Cook Well – Live Well

    Wed, Jan 19th at 12:30pm
    Cook Well With Diabetes – a NEW program adopted
    by the East Lyme Senior Center will be featured at this
    “Lunch and Learn” with tips on how to successfully
    manage diabetes or prediabetes.
    Come join Cindy Barry of Ledge Light Health District
    and Erica Benvenuti of UConn Extension
    Registration begins Jan 3rd.
    Register by Fri, Jan 14th.


    The Open Enrollment Period (OEP) for Medicare Part D/Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans coverage is from October 15th to December 7th, 2021. Participants are encouraged to review their coverage to determine if any changes are needed. If a change is made, it goes into effect as of January 1, 2022.

    The changes you can make include during the Open Enrollment Period: 

    Joining a new Medicare Advantage Plan or Part D prescription drug plan

    Switching from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan

    Switching from a Medicare Advantage Plan to Original Medicare (with or without a Part D plan)

    Appointments are now being taken for Thu, November 4th and  Fri, November 5th.

    Please call the Senior Center office to secure your slot. More dates will come available so if there is no availability on the 4th or the 5th, the Senior Center will make other arrangements.