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.


    ELDER ABUSE PUBLIC FORUM ~Thursday, April 7th from 7:10 to 11:00am

    Please Join Attorney General William Tong & State Rep. Holly Cheeseman for a forum to discuss the new Elder Justice Hotline and issues facing older adults.
    Registration is now open!

    CT Elder Justice Hotline Call 1-860-808-5555


    The filing period for the property tax relief program for elderly and totally disabled homeowners’ begins Feb
    1st and runs through May 15th. The homeowner must be at least 65 years of age 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 year cannot exceed $38,100 for a single individual or $46,400 for married
    couples. These amounts INCLUDE Social Security payments. A complete copy of the 2021 IRS return must
    be submitted at time of application with a copy of the Social Security 1099. If no IRS return is filed then all
    1099 forms and all income for the year must be presented. Veteran pensions and veteran disability
    payments are included as income for this program. Anyone filing under totally disabled must submit proof
    of disability, ie: an original award letter from Social Security and or a current status report from Social
    Security and any other income.

    In addition to the State homeowners tax credit, the Town of East Lyme passed an ordinance on November 2,
    2005 providing additional tax relief for elderly and totally disabled homeowners. Applicants must be a
    resident of East Lyme, 65 years of age or over, or under age 65 and totally disabled.

    Applicant must have been taxpayer of the Town of East Lyme for 10 years immediately preceding their
    receipt of Town tax credit. Payment of property taxes must be current as of date of application.

    Property for which tax credit is claimed must be occupied by applicant as his or her principal residence
    (more than 183 days each year). Income requirements are the same as those approved by the Office of Policy
    and Management. Proof of income and disability are required.

    Income limits are adjusted annually.

    Tax credit will range from $300.00 – $1,000.00 off the tax bill depending on applicants income.

    Maximum 2021 income is $46,400.00 regardless of martial status.

    To apply for any of the above programs, you must contact the Assessor’s Office located in the East Lyme
    Town Hall. For more information, call the Town Hall at 860-739-6931 and press #6.

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

    Registration for fitness, music, arts, and games begins Mon, Mar 14th for Residents and Mon, Mar 21st for Non-Residents.

    You can register in person, online or over the phone. Registrations are not guaranteed until we receive payment.


    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.