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.


    Ledge Light Health District Offers COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic- Monday, May 23rd from 2:00-4:00pm

    Ledge Light Health District will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the East Lyme Senior Center. Only the Moderna vaccine will be available at this clinic for individuals 18 years or older who need a 1st or 2nd dose (primary series) or are eligible for a 1st or 2nd booster dose.

    The following groups are eligible for a 1st booster shot at this clinic:
    • individuals 18 years of age & older who have completed a primary series of a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) and it has been at least 5 months since completion of primary series.
    • individuals 18 years of age & older who have had a primary dose of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine and it has been at least 2 months and would like a mRNA booster.

    The following groups are eligible for a 2nd booster shot at this clinic:
    • individuals 50 years of age & older who have received a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine and it has been at least 4 months since first booster dose.

    All clinics are free and open to the public. No appointment, insurance, or ID is necessary. Please bring your CDC vaccination card if you have one.

    SHRED DAY – Saturday, May 14th from 9:00-12:00PM

    Sponsored by the ELPBA,
    Niantic/East Lyme Residents Only
    Please have your ID ready and limit the amount of documents
    to be shredded to 2 banker boxes.

    Food donations will be accepted for Care & Share. Consider donating any unexpired, unopened, nonperishable food items.


    The State of CT offers a property tax relief program for Elderly & totally Disabled homeowners’ who reside in the town of East Lyme. The homeowner must be at least 65 at the close of 2021 or be
    receiving 100% disability benefits from Social Security. The homeowner must occupy the property as their principal residence and not be receiving tax relief benefits from any other town or state.
    Income limits for the 2021 calendar cannot exceed $38,100 fir a single individual or $46,400 for married couples. These amounts include gross Social Security payments.

    The Town of East Lyme provides an additional tax relief for the Elderly & totally Disabled homeowner. That income limit, which includes gross income and Social Security, is $45,800 regardless of marital status.

    For further information about the above programs, please contact the Assessor’s Office located in the East Lyme Town Hall. Or call the Assessor’s Office at 860-739-6931 and press #6.

    Energy Assistance for 21/22 Fall and Winter Season

    Information as of April 1, 2022-

    Deadlines are approaching for the 21/22 Energy Assistance heating season. If you have yet to apply
    and are a Senior or Disabled resident of East Lyme, the Senior Center can assist you with the
    application process. All others will have to contact TVCCA at 860-444-0006.

    May 2, 2022: Deadline for fuel authorizations or deliveries
    May 31, 2022: Last day a household can apply to establish its eligibility for benefits
    June 15, 2022: Last day to submit deliverable fuel bills

    In a one-person household, income can be NO greater than $39,027.

    In a two-person household, income can be NO greater than $51,035