Programs & Services
Our caseworker advocates for frail elders in the community by directing individuals to appropriate services and working with outside agencies. The caseworker also provides emotional support to elders and their families through home visits and phone contact.
Information & Referral
Call the COA/Senior Center at 617-972-6490 to find out about services available for seniors. The Watertown Senior News
is published monthly, and contains information about lectures, trips, movies, and a daily calendar of activities at the Senior Center. The newsletter is free and available at the Town Hall, Senior Center, and Libraries all month, and is distributed to banks, post offices, the malls, and senior housing at the beginning of each month. Our Directory of Senior Services
contains lists of Boston area resources, phone numbers, and web addresses of interest to seniors that may be downloaded and/or mailed upon request.
Health Insurance Counseling
A Serving the Health Information Needs of the Elderly (SHINE) volunteer is available at the Senior Center Tuesday mornings by appointment. SHINE is a State-funded service that provides free counseling about health insurance and prescription drug coverage.
A van is available from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday for Watertown residents, 60 years of age and older, providing transportation to medical appointments at local and Boston area hospitals and clinics. The van is accessible to physically disabled individuals as well. Call Busy Bee Transportation at 1 (800) 427-0230. Busy Bee requires at least three-days notice. A donation is requested.
Property Tax Work-Off
The Town of Watertown funds this program yearly for up to 10 seniors to work as many as 110 hours for a Town Department. The individuals must meet specific requirements.
The Watertown Senior Shuttle provides transportation for shopping to Watertown seniors 60 years of age and older. The bus makes trips over specified routes throughout Watertown. The bus goes to the Stop & Shop on Tuesdays and to the Super Stop & Shop on Pleasant Street on Fridays. We request a small donation.
Snow Shoveling & Yard Work
We maintain a list of students and adults who will do these tasks for seniors. The senior initiates the call and negotiates payment directly with the worker.
Income Tax Preparation
Volunteers, trained and certified by the I.R.S., prepare tax returns at the Senior Center, by appointment, mid-February through April 15. AARP sponsors this program for seniors and disabled adults.
Watertown Food Pantry
The Council on Aging
administers the Watertown Food Pantry, which provides food assistance to any resident in need. The Pantry is located at:
St. John’s Church
80 Mt. Auburn St.
Watertown, MA 02472
Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Thursdays, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bring identification including proof of address (rent or utility receipt.) A five-day supply of food is available each month, as well as information about other food pantries in the area. For more information or to make a donation, call (617) 972-6429.