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.



    Senior Nutrition Program

    The Senior Center and TVCCA provide lunches with a 24 hour reservation Monday through Friday at 11:45am. Monthly menus are printed in the Senior Center’s monthly newsletter – The Courier. $3.00 suggested donation.

    Meals on Wheels

    The Senior Center and TVCCA provide Meals on Wheels Monday through Friday to East Lyme adults age 60 and over who are temporarily or long term homebound. Please contact TVCCA for eligibility at 860-885-2745.



    Applications for the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program are being taken at the New London office of TVCCA. Appointments are required. Please call 860-444-0006. The Senior Center office will assist the
    Senior and Disabled population of East Lyme with their applications. You must call the Senior Center office to obtain your appointment.
    Appointments will be made at Twin Haven and the AHEPA housing complexes for those residents. Watch for notices.


    There is still time to get a coupon booklet for CT Farmers’ Markets. These coupon books have a value of $18 to purchase fruits, vegetables, fresh cut herbs and honey from certified CT Grown Farmers’ Markets from July through October 2018.

    All recipients must be 60+ and have a maximum income of not more than $1860/month for a single or $2504 for a couple. An exemption for individuals under the age of 60 and living in subsidized senior housing is permitted as long as they meet the income guidelines.

    Contact the Senior Center office as soon as possible with your interest.


    The Renter Rebate Program through the State of CT provides a rebate for renters who are elderly or disabled. Applications for the Renters Rebate Program are available until Oct 1st. Please call the Senior Center for an appointment. In order to receive a renter rebate:
    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 2018 income which includes Social Security must not exceed:
    Married $43,900
    Single $36,000
    If you collect Social Security, you must provide your SSA1099 for 2018.
    4. 35% of the applicant’s annual rent and utility payments must exceed 5% of the applicant’s income.
    Proof of income received and rent and utility payments made in calendar year 2017 must be provided.

    Appointments will be made at Twin Haven and the AHEPA housing complexes.  Watch for notices.