Newton Senior Services

Welcome to the Newton Senior Center! 

345 Walnut Street
Newtonville, MA 02460

 

Mission

The mission of the Department of Senior Services is to optimize quality of life for older adults and those who support them through welcoming, respectful and meaningful opportunities that engage and value older people, and empower them to remain independent and to be important assets in our community.

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In an effort to keep people safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Newton Senior Center is completely closed to the public until further notice. All programs, on-site and off-site, are cancelled.   Please read below for updates and links to some of our new online programs.

Please know that Newton Senior Center staff will be on-site to answer phone calls and continue to be of assistance in any way possible. Don’t hesitate to call us, 617-796-1660, during our regular operating hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) As we have a modified schedule, there may not be someone immediately available to answer the phones. Please leave a message, and a staff person will call you back shortly. 

As the situation changes, we will keep you updated. You call our main line anytime or be added to our email notification list by emailing iseidmann@newtonma.gov.

 During times of uncertainty, it’s important to take care of yourself and exercise when possible. Click Here to Check out our on-line fitness, wellness, and other programming here.

To find out about Grab and Go meals and other information about grocery shopping, food pantries, and senior shopping hours click here.

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Covid-19 Resources

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Face Covers

Effective May 6th, 2020, residents in Newton and across the state are required to wear a mask or face-covering in public places inside and outside where physical distancing is not possible (unless unable to due to a medical condition). In particular, all employees and customers in grocery stores, pharmacies and all retail stores open to the public need face coverings. Do your part and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. But, do not place a face covering on any child under the age of 2.  The Newton Senior Center currently has fabric face covers that were donated to us.  If you are in need of a cover please contact the Senior Center at 617.796.1660 or email nsilton@newtonma.gov for more information.

Hot Weather Tips

Coming of Age Newsletter

Receive our newsletter & updates by email. To receive the newsletter by e-mail and to receive e-mail information updates please contact Ilana Seidmann at iseidmann@newtonma.gov.  Department of Senior Services/ Newton Senior Center list is administered by the Newton Senior Center. It is intended primarily to deliver the monthly newsletter to subscribers although we may offer important emergency updates to the members of the list. Frequency of the newsletter is every other month.

Please read our July/August 2020 Newsletter by clicking here. Please read our May/June 2020 Newsletter by clicking here.

Please read our September/October 2020 Newsletter by clicking here.

Senior Transportation Program  - Newton in Motion (NewMO)

Our on-demand ride service continues to operate its normal hours Monday-Friday 8a-5p and Saturday & Sundays 8am to 12n.  Click here for an overview of the system.  If you have additional questions or need assistance setting up an account, contact Elizabeth Lund at 617-796-1665 or email elund@newtonma.gov .

SHINE Healthcare Counseling Appointments

SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Everyone) Counselor appointments are currently  happening via telephone.  To make an appointment contact Elizabeth Lund at 617-796-1665 or elund@newtonma.gov.  To find out general information about the program click here.

Senior Citizen's Parking Stickers
Newton residents, 65 years and older, are eligible for a Senior Parking Sticker that allows free parking at certain meters in the City's municipal lots. As of July 1, 2020, we have begun year 2 of the 2-year Senior Parking Sticker. 

If you do not have one you may apply by mailing a copy of your license and registration (if leased a copy of the lease too) and a copy of the lease agreement for personally leased cars. Commercial and/or company cars are not eligible. New stickers are $3.00 and are good thru June 30, 2021. Stickers are good at 1, 2, and 3 hour meters in all city lots, but never on the street!

Since the Senior Center is closed right now you can mail your documentation to Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street, Newtonville 02460 or email to Norine Silton, nsilton@newtonma.gov.  Payment can be either check (made out to Newton Senior Center) or you can call Norine Silton at 617-796-1664 to provide credit card. Please click here for information about the Senior Citizen's Parking Sticker. Please click here for a list of required documents that are needed to obtain your parking sticker.

Durable Medical Equipment (DME)

Wheelchairs, walkers, canes, shower chairs, commodes and other items are available for loan to Newton residents. Donations of select items are welcome.  Pick-up and drop off are handled by appointment only.  Unfortunately, we can NOT accommodate walk-in requests. Please contact Norine Silton at nsilton@newtonma.gov or 617-796-1664.

New Space Development for Seniors: NewCAL

In 2018, Newton launched a process to develop new space for senior activities. NewCAL an acronym that stands for Newton Center for Active Living is the working name for the process.  To get quick overview of the project click on  NewCAL Q&A sheet. To learn more about the on going development of the project click on NewCAL website.

Council on Aging
The Council on Aging (COA) is a group of interested volunteers, appointed by the mayor, to serve the needs of and improve the quality of life for all Newton Seniors focusing on advocacy education, outreach, and legislation. The Council on Aging is composed of 9 commissioners and 29 Advisory Board members. Among the members are citizens and service providers. They support the work and mission of the other components of the department as well as act as citizen advocates. The COA and Advisory Board holds open meetings the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the senior center.  Reach the COA through Department Head, Jayne Colino, at 617-796-1671 or email

Contractor Referral List
For a list of pre-screened contractors, plumbers, electricians, handymen, etc. please email us at SCcontractor@newtonma.gov

File of Life Updates If you currently use File of Life, and you need to update your information, please fill out  this document, print it, and store it in your existing red File of Life holder.

US Census 2020

Even in the midst of COVID-19, we need to fill out our U.S. Census. We are way ahead of the country (56.6% response rate) and the Commonwealth (58.8%) as 71.9% have responded here in Newton. Let's keep up the momentum to make sure everyone is part of the count! Click here for more information and to take the census.

 

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