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 program are available until October 1st. Please call the Senior Center for an appointment.

    To be eligible:
    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 of a previous applicant.
    2. Must have lived in CT for 1 year.
    3. Total 2021 income which includes Social Security must not exceed:
    $38,100 for a single person
    $46,400 for a married couple
    4. 35% of of the applicant’s rent must exceed 5% of the applicant’s income

    Proof of income received and rent and utility payments made in calendar year 2021 must be provided.
    For residents living at either Twin Haven or the AHEPA housing complexes, you will be contacted.

    Registration Information for Spring Session April 4th – June 24th

    Registration is now open for fitness, music, arts, and games. You can register in person, online or over the phone. Registrations are not guaranteed until we receive payment.

    NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS  We are now accepting credit cards in person or by phone. A convenience fee of 2.5% or a minimum of $2.00 will be charged on every transaction.  If  registering online for a program or trip, you will need to call the office by the next day to process your credit card payment.


    4 week session
    Come have fun with us. Get your hands dirty & make some clay sculpting pieces.
    Registration begins Apr 1st. $20R/$25NR
    All supplies provided.