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Hingham Massachusetts, Incorporated 1635, History & Pride

Town Government &


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.


2012 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."

Several major projects were undertaken by the Department of Elder Services in 2012 and included a Needs Assessment Study. The purpose of the needs assessment was to investigate the needs, interests, and opinions of mature residents of Hingham, relating to their aging experiences and needs for age-related services. Hingham Elder Services commissioned the Gerontology Institute of the McCormack Graduate School at UMASS Boston to conduct this study. The study focused on residents 45 and older and information was obtained through a sample survey and data collected through the U.S. Census bureau. In addition, two focus groups were conducted to obtain feedback on the survey results, and key informant interviews were conducted to provide expert input on the implications of the aging population for the Town as a whole, and the functioning of the Department of Elder Services. At the close of 2012, we are looking forward to the final report and results of the study. Our next steps will be to use these findings in setting priorities and developing short and long term planning goals.

2012 also brought to a close the submission of our application to retain National Senior Center Accreditation. During 2013, an onsite visit will be conducted by the National Institute of Senior Centers and recommendations based on their findings from the on-site visit. The goal of this process is to strengthen Senior Center operations and services as well as to again be awarded National Accreditation.

During 2012, transportation continued to be one of the most critical services provided by the Department. Transportation helps older adults to remain independent in the community and provides a way for individuals to grocery shop, attend the Senior Center, accomplish necessary errands, get to and from medical appointments, and take local trips that enhance a person's quality of life. During 2012, the Department provided 5556 one way trips to 228 different individuals.

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 Wisdom Works Program, a job search training program for older adults, continued with great success throughout 2012. Many health education programs were conducted and include evidence based programs such as Matter of Balance which provides education around falls prevention.

In 2012, "A Restaurant Sampler Program" was initiated and provides an opportunity for local Hingham restaurants to provide a meal at the Senior Center. At the close of 2012, two restaurants, Burton's and Alma Nova, had participated with great success.

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 2012, these volunteers numbered 167 and worked 11,034 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 recognize Karen Sadlon, Outreach Coordinator, and Betty Fernandes, Volunteer Coordinator. Both of these women retired during 2012. Karen served in her role for almost 25 years and was respected and loved by all the older adults of Hingham with whom she worked. Betty had served in her position for 9 years and not only brought organization and structure to the volunteer program, but was greatly respected among the volunteers with whom she worked. We will greatly miss both these staff members, their dedication and their ability to make the Senior Center a great place to work. We would also like to welcome Kathy Glenzel who succeeded Karen Sadlon. Finally, we would like to thank retiring Council on Aging members Patricia LaLiberte and Ann Manning. Both of these women 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
Leah Godfrey
Norma Jackson
Arthur LeMay
Dick Ponte