Council on Aging

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The Shrewsbury Council on Aging (SCOA) is a Town human service department that serves the needs and issues of Shrewsbury's seniors (60 and over), or families with senior issues.  Our 7-member board meets monthly and work with the director to continuously evaluate and update programs and senior needs.
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Our Mission

To advocate for and to develop programs and services that enhance the well-being and quality of life, and to create a welcoming, secure and inclusive community for seniors.

  1. Intergenerational Pen Pal Program with Sherwood Middle School

  2. Senior Tax Work Off Volunteer Position Available

    The Council on Aging is looking for a senior volunteer to assist the Department of Public Works as part of our Tax Work Off Program. Read on...
  3. UMASS Study: Aging Together- Senior Children and Their Parents

    Aging Together Study at UMass Boston is looking for senior children (aged 65+) of parents (aged 90+) with dementia. Read on...
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Assistance for Seniors

If you are seeking assistance for a senior citizen, please read our Caregiver Information and call our office for help.

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Senior Edition Newsletter


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Partner Agencies/Organizations


We work closely with:
  • Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, West Boylston (our regional Area Agency on Aging: AAA)
  • Elder Services of Worcester, Inc. (our regional Aging Service Access Point: ASAP)
  • Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Boston (the Commonwealth of Massachusetts oversight office)


We also work closely with departments and agencies within town, such as: 

  • Health Department
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Police Department
  • Shrewsbury Youth and  Family Services
  • Shrewsbury Public Access

Funding


SCOA receives funding by:
  • Donations received through area business and individuals
  • Donations received through the Friends organization
  • Grants, the largest being an annual grant given by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in Boston where a dollar amount is given per senior in town
  • Local tax dollars appropriated at the Annual Town Meeting

Friends of Shrewsbury Senior Center


The Friends of the Shrewsbury Senior Center, Inc. is the fundraising arm of the organization that can also supplement the department's budget and offer other support. This vital organization allows the Senior Center to mail the Council on Aging Newsletter to every senior in town, purchase equipment and pay for other special events or needs.