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Hingham Massachusetts, Incorporated 1635, History & Pride
 

Town Government &
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Departments: Elder Services

224 Central Street
Hingham, MA 02043-2759
Phone 781-741-1458
Hours of Operation:
M-F 8:30am - 4:00pm

Contact Us

Important Documents & Links:

Newsletter - The current issue and previous issues of Central Times Newsletter are available through Community Publications, and posted on the Seek & Find website.

Discovery "The Path to Lifelong Learning"Spring Semester 2014
Spring 2014 Course Catalog (PDF)
Registration Begins March 10

Aging in Hingham - A needs assessment of Hingham residents 45 and older (PDF, 2 MB)

Tax Write-off Application Form

Elder Services

Elder Services provides programs, services, activities and transportation for all residents 60 years of age and older and serves as a resource for information to families, friends and neighbors who may find themselves caring for an older person. The monthly newsletter, Central Times, provides current information about services, classes and other programs. Residents may request to have the newsletter mailed to their home. Information about programs and services can also be obtained at the reception desk at the Senior Center. Municipal funds, grants, donations and volunteer services all support the Department. This support enables us to provide programs at a reasonable cost or free of charge. Everyone is welcome at the Senior Center located at 224 Central Street and your participation is encouraged.

Staff Members

Barbara Farnsworth, Director
Caroline Gibson, Secretary
Kathy Glenzel, Outreach Coordinator
Nicole Reilly, Program Coordinator
Laurel Cosman, Medical Dispatcher
Thomas Lydon, Medical Van Driver
John Callahan, Medical Van Driver
Sylvia Zeppi, Coffee Shop



Council on Aging
(Appt. By Selectmen, ART 13 17 ATM 1970)

Appointee Position Term Expires
Chrisanne Gregoire Chairman 2016
Gretchen Condon Vice-Chairman 2014*
Beth Rouleau Treasurer 2015*
Joan Iovino Secretary 2014*
Edward Ford Member 2015*
June Freedman Member 2016*
Norma Jackson Member 2014
Richard Ponte Member 2014*
Dawn Sibor Member 2015*
Leslie Vickers Member 2016*
Gail Fairing Member 2017*
Vacancy  2015*

* Indicates eligibility for reappointment to a second three-year term.

 


2013 Annual Report

"The Hingham Department of Elder Services is the town focal point for the delivery of services to Hingham's population 60 and older. Its mission is to support the independence of Hingham's senior citizens, advocate for their needs and enhance the quality of their lives. In an atmosphere of respect for the older adult, the Department of Elder Services coordinates programs and services to encourage self-reliance, good health and community involvement."

The Needs Assessment of Hingham residents 45 and older that Elder Services commissioned through the Gerontology Institute of the McCormack Graduate School at UMASS Boston was completed. Aging in Hingham: A Community Affair was released in March and the information contained in the report provided not only Elder Services but the town as a whole with valuable data and information about the needs, interests and opinions of the older adult population living in Hingham. As a result of this Needs Assessment we learned that 49% of Hingham's population is 45 and older compared to a statewide average of 42%. Hingham's 60 and older population increased by 55% between 2000 and 2010. The corresponding growth level for Massachusetts was 16%. Other results suggested that most Boomer and Senior residents have lived in Hingham for many years and are highly committed to remaining in Hingham as they grow older. Driving and transportation concerns are key issues and about 25% of non-drivers have used transportation services provided by Elder Services. Looking ahead to the future, the report showed that respondents voiced a number of concerns as they age in place. Such concerns included the high cost of living in Hingham; the concern that transportation options will be unavailable or inadequate if one is unable to drive in the future; a strong desire to remain independent, active and engaged. Following a comprehensive review of the findings, Elder Services began revision of its Long Range/Strategic Plan. The information contained in the report will greatly assist in this revision and it is expected these revisions will be completed in mid-2014. For more information or to read the full report Aging in Hingham: A Community Affair go to www.hingham-ma.gov/elder/index.html and click on the link to the report.

In April, an on-site visit of the Senior Center was conducted by the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) as the final step in the review process towards the award/retention of National Senior Center Accreditation. The Department of Elder Services is proud to again have received this award and is one of seven in Massachusetts and 120 nationwide who currently have attained National Senior Center Accreditation.

The Outreach Program remains a vital link for older adults and family members who need assistance sorting through the myriad of programs and services and in accessing the most appropriate services to enable an older adult to continue to live at home. The Outreach Coordinator also works very closely with the Police, Fire and Health Departments on cases of mutual concern, and oftentimes remains as the link for these cases. The Outreach Program also continues to assist individuals with minor home repairs; the completion of benefit application forms, including the applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program for all Hingham residents regardless of age; and understanding the wide range of options available for the Medicare D program.

Discovery, the lifelong learning program, continued to grow and provide many different programs of interest to older adults. The work of these dedicated volunteers has now enabled Elder Services to offer a Spring and Fall semester. Matter of Balance, an evidence-based program that provides education and practical tips to help prevent falls, continues to be offered on a twice a year basis. Again, through another group of dedicated volunteers, the Job Search Skills Training Program assists older adults and others in preparing for the job search in today's employment market.

The Department of Elder Services would not be able to function without the many volunteers who provide a wide range of services and programs to the Senior Center. During 2013, these volunteers numbered 153 and worked 9,628 hours. We would also like to thank all the organizations who provided programs at the Senior Center, and all the other Town Departments who work with us to ensure that seniors are safe and comfortable in their own homes.

At this time we would like to introduce and welcome Nicole Reilly, Program Coordinator, who joined the staff of Elder Services in February. Ms. Reilly has been a great addition to our team and is responsible for overseeing our volunteer and technology programs as well as organizing trips and other miscellaneous programs that take place at the Senior Center. Finally, we would like to thank retiring Council on Aging members Leah Godfrey and Arthur Lemay. Both of these individuals worked hard on behalf of Hingham's older adults.

Barbara Farnsworth, Director
Chrisanne Gregoire, Chairman
Gretchen Condon, Vice Chairman
Beth Rouleau, Treasurer
Joan Iovino, Secretary
Edward Ford
June Freedman
Norma Jackson
Dick Ponte
Dawn Sibor
Leslie Vickers