Services and Activities

For information on any its programs, call the Bedford Council On Aging at 781-275-6825.

Services To Enable Frail or Low Income Bedford Elders to Remain Safely and Independently in their Homes: Click here for more information

  • Elder service evaluation and coordination
  • Elder-related crisis intervention
  • Counseling for elders and family caregivers on elder-related problems
  • Assistance in choosing housing, including assisted living and nursing facilities
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Help in obtaining public benefits
  • Health benefits counseling
  • Training of family caregivers, professionals, and others in the community about prevention of elder neglect and abuse
  • Public education on the needs of elders and how to maintain independence
  • Job placement through the Town and in the private sector
  • Home Safety evaluations to identify potential fire, crime, falling, and other hazards

For Health and Well Being: Click here and here for more information

  • Fitness classes, including aerobics, weights, chair aerobics, a walking club, yoga, Tai Chi, line dancing, holistic health and special classes.
  • Health clinics, including podiatry and others
  • Health screenings, including blood pressure and glucose/cholesterol (with the Health Department), hearing evaluation, and others
  • Health education presentations by physicians, nurses, and other practitioners
  • Support groups for those with strokes, who have experienced a divorce or death of a loved one, who are caregivers for family members, or who have lost an adult child
  • Health counseling by the Health Department nurse
  • Medication counseling by a pharmacist

Financial and Legal Information:Click here and here for more information

  • Legal counseling by an attorney
  • Tax preparation by AARP/IRS
  • Programs on legal and financial issues
  • Health Benefits Counseling

To Make Life More Enjoyable:Click here for more information

  • Classes in arts and crafts
  • Computer classes, free use of up-to-date computers, and a Computer Club
  • Interest groups in current events, science and technology, popular music, genealogy, and computers
  • Recreational games and classes, including bridge, pool, Scrabble, table tennis, and poker
  • Programs on history, the humanities, and the arts
  • Parties, movies, and live performances
  • Trips to historical and cultural destinations
  • Coffee and conversation

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Friendly Visitors and Friendly Drivers
  • Program presenters and class instructors
  • The Fix It Shop
  • Tutors, mentors, and others who serve young people in our community
  • Newsletter collators and volunteer receptionists
  • Production Crew for COA on the Air
  • Servers at the Bedford Cafe and home-meal deliverers

Many other Town of Bedford departments offer services of interest to seniors. For more information on these, go to the Town of Bedford website at www.bedfordma.gov, then click on individual departments.  Among those of special interest may be the Board of Assessors (especially information about exemptions and deferrals), the Board of Health, the Fire Department, the Police Department, Youth and Family Services, the Recreation Department, and many others!