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. Our caseworker is fluent in Russian and Armenian.
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.
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 68 hours for a Town Department in 2017 for a $750 property tax deducation. 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, and on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month goes to the Watertown and Arsenal Malls. A small donation is requested.
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:
Grace Vision 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) 972-6490.