- Council on Aging
- About the COA
About the COA
The mission of the Bedford Council on Aging is to promote well-being and enhance the quality of life of seniors in an age-friendly Bedford.
The Bedford Council on Aging is a department of the Town of Bedford dedicated to the health and well-being of Bedford's nearly 4,000 residents 60 and older - now, 29% of the Town's population. Our educational, informative programs and services benefit all our older adults, including those who are still working, those who have recently retired and seek innovative opportunities, those who have been retired for longer and wish to remain engaged and active, and those who need coordinated assistance remaining in their homes.
- Bedford residents 60 and older are eligible for all services and activities.
- All Bedford residents are eligible for assistance with elder service coordination for themselves or their family members.
- Younger Bedford residents may attend Council on Aging activities, classes, and trips on a space-available basis.
- All programs and services are offered free except for classes, trips and some workshops.
The Bedford Council on Aging is funded through the Town, public and private grants, program fees and individual donations and bequests. The Council on Aging Board consists of nine members who are appointed by the Selectmen.
To fulfill its mission, the Council on Aging 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 caregivers, 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 Council on Aging is fully accessible with handicapped parking, an elevator, a ramp to the meal site and program rooms, and six accessible bathrooms.