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.



    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.


    2nd Wed of every month from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    A nurse from the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeastern Connecticut (VNA of SECT) is available for routine foot care. Appointments are required. The fee is $10pp.

    Anyone with a Diabetic diagnosis cannot be seen by this clinic but all others are welcome.


    The Meals on Wheels program is administered by T.V.C.C.A and supported by the Senior Center. The service is offered five days per week.  The MOWs program delivers a hot lunch, frozen dinners, frozen holiday meals, frozen weekend meals and emergency meals. For information about enrolling in this program, contact the Senior Center at 860-739-5859.


    The Senior Center is a host site for the Congregate Lunch Program administered by T.V.C.C.A. Lunch is served Tue through Fri at 11:45am but a reservation must be made one day in advance. If interested, contact the Senior Center in person or by phone at 860-739-5859.

    The cost of the meal is a suggested donation of $3pp.