The Bedford Council on Aging is a department of the Town of Bedford authorized under the Massachusetts General Laws. The population aged 60 and over currently make up about 27% of the total and is anticipated to reach about 33% by 2030. The Council on Aging offers educational and informational programs including exercise, fitness, social and health and wellness programs and services.
The Bedford Council on Aging is funded through the Town, state, public and private grants, program fees and individual bequests.
The Council on Aging consists of nine members, who are residents of Bedford and three of whom are appointed annually by the Board of Selectman.
COA Mission Statement: The mission of the Bedford Council on Aging is to promote the health and well being and to enhance the quality of life of residents aged 60 and over, their families and caregivers in an age-friendly Bedford.
To fulfill this Mission, the COA through its staff and Board seeks to:
- Identify the interests, needs, and concerns of the age 60-and-over population of the town and their families.
- Develop, implement, and promote programs and services to respond to those interests, needs, and concerns.
- Educate the public regarding the needs and skills of older Bedford residents and their families, and the programs and services available to them.
- Assess existing resources and advocate for more to close gaps and respond to the needs of a growing older population.
- Coordinate programs and services with other town departments and the elder service network in the region and state.
- Promote a positive image of aging to all generations.
The COA is fully accessible with handicapped parking, elevator, ramp to meal site and program rooms and 6 accessible bathrooms.