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.


    15TH ANNUAL CELEBRATE 90+ TEA on Friday, June 24th from 1:00-3:00pm

    Come join the East Lyme Senior Center, Bridebrook Rehab & Crescent Point of Niantic at our Annual 90+Tea. We love to honor our town’s 90 and older crowd. Help us find them – call us if you know one. Honorees can invite 2 guests at no charge! Everyone else is $2pp and ALL are welcome. Entertainment by Brian Gillie.
    Registration begins June 1st. Register by Jun 17th.


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    Wed, Jun 1st 12:30pm to 4:30pm $20 for AARP member $25 for non-AARP member
    Wed, Aug 3rd 9:15am to 1:15pm $20 for AARP member $25 for non-AARP member
    Register with the Senior Center office. Payment due upon registration.