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:

John Whritner            Chairperson

Michael Bekech          Vice-Chairperson

Ilene Harris                 Secretary/Treasurer

Marge Caste                Board Member

Margret Hughes         Board Member

Joan Bengston            Board Member

Joe Palazzo                 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 Farmers Market Vouchers Pick-up

    Monday, August 7th at 11:00am


    This Department of Agriculture program supports local farmers and provides fresh produce to low-income seniors in Connecticut. Benefits are used to purchase fruits, vegetables, fresh cut herbs and honey from certified CT Grown Farms at designated Farmer Markets or farm stands July through October.

    You must register in advance.

    If you cannot come in person, you can send a proxy. But registration is still required. Call for details.

    Senior Farmers Market Vouchers

    • Eligibility is 60 years of age or older OR disabled under the age of 60 who lives in senior housing where congregate nutrition services are provided. Income of not more than 185% poverty guidelines ($2,248/month or
    $26,973/annual for household of 1; $3,041/month or $36,482/annual for household of 2, etc). Participants can go through means testing to support income eligibility (i.e., SNAP or Medicaid).
    • Cards can be used to purchase only CT grown fruits, vegetables, fresh cut herbs and honey.
    • Cards can only be accepted at authorized locations (a list of farm markets and farm stands will be provided). It is likely possible to coordinate “pop-up” markets at a senior center or other location if working with an authorized

    Please contact the Senior Center if you are interested in receiving a Farmers Market Voucher.

    Exciting News! Suggestions Needed!

    Funds have been set aside for senior centers based on its population.
    East Lyme is eligible for $58,540. These funds must be used for certain purposes or “eligible uses”. These eligible uses fall under two categories of expenditures within “Provision of Government Services.”
    1. “Facility improvements”
    2. “Programming”

    A few suggestions are items: new flooring in the Senior Center, a coffee bar, lighter trays, a new dishwasher, washing machine/dryer, handicap bathroom doors, and new dining room chairs. We are asking for your input. Come into the senior center and look for our suggestion white board to add your thoughts.

    Thank you in advance for your suggestions, we can’t use all of them, but we appreciate your input (after all, it’s your senior center).