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.



    This period can be used by a person who has an active Medicare Advantage Plan as of 1/1/2022.

    During this Open Enrollment Period (OEP), January 1st – March 31st, a beneficiary can:
    • Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan (with or without drug coverage) to
    another Medicare Advantage Plan (with or without drug coverage);
    • Leave the Medicare Advantage Plan and return to Original Medicare by selecting a prescription drug plan
    (Part D).

    What beneficiaries cannot do:
    • Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan;
    • Join a Medicare Part D Plan;
    • Or switch from a Medicare Part D Plan to another Medicare Part D Plan.
    The change can only be used once during the OEP. The new plan become
    effective the first of the month after the plan receives your request. Call the
    Senior Center office at 860-739-5859 if you require assistance.


    The Dial-a-Ride Medical Transportation and Caregiver Mileage reimbursement program started their new
    fiscal year on July 1, 2021 and runs until June 30, 2022. Residents who are 60+ or persons with disabilities are
    eligible for the service. A one-page application is required in order to register. If you have already registered for
    the program, you do not need to complete a new registration form.
    Registered participants who cannot have their needs met by existing services will be provided a limited number of oneway trips per grant year (36) or as the grant dollars allow.
    For further information or for an application, please contact the Senior Center office.

    AARP TAX-AIDE 2022

    The AARP Tax-Aide program returns this year to provide free tax counseling and preparation for middle to low-income taxpayers with special attention to those people aged 60 and over. To schedule your appointment and get the details about how the program will operate, call the Senior Center as soon as possible. Appointments are going fast. Call 860-739-5859 to schedule an appointment.