The Fall River Council on Aging (COA), established by city ordinance as a Fall River City Department in 1959, has, as its main purpose, the goal of meeting the needs and interests of Fall River’s aging population through the provision of services, programs and activities. Fall River has the seventh largest concentration of elders in the state of Massachusetts. The COA operations are funded through three sources: City Budget; State Formula Grant money; and CDA funds.
The COA operates four senior centers, staffed by Senior Center Coordinators and Senior Aides, which provide a variety of programs & activities to meet the needs and wants of area seniors.
The COA publishes a bimonthly newsletter, Footprints, which reaches well over 4,000 elders on a regular basis. Footprints contains vital information relevant to seniors, as well as information regarding events and programs furnished by the COA. Also included in Footprints is a schedule of upcoming senior center events as well as information about regular activities such as the Older Adult Fitness Program, Arts and Crafts, Bingo, card groups, monthly Blood Pressure screenings, bimonthly Blood sugar screenings, informational speakers, a knitting/crocheting group, Senior band the Jambalaya Jammers and dancing, movie viewing, and fall Flu Clinics. Footprints informs the elders about the days and times lunches are served for a modest price at the centers as well.
The COA provides transportation for Fall River seniors to medical and dental appointments within city limits as well as reservations on the SRTA medical shuttle to Boston area hospitals. It also books transportation for Fall River veterans to the Providence and Brockton VA medical centers. You may obtain more information about all COA transportation services and register for these services by calling (508)324-2401.
Senior Photo ID’s are available to Fall River residents over the age of 60 at the COA’s main office located in Room #423 at Fall River Government Center, One Government Center, Fall River, MA 02722. *There is a modest fee for this service.
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