Agencies and services for seniors
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts offers a number of services to help seniors stay healthy, independent, and engaged in their communities. Learn about programs such as prescription drug assistance, elder financial fraud, caregiver support, housing and more.
Toll free: 800-243-4636
Toll free Local Elder Service Agency: 800-243-4636
The Executive Office of Elder Affairs funds a network of community-based services that help older adults age and thrive in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. Those services includes in-home supportive care, family caregiver support, nutrition programs, protective services, supportive housing options, long-term care counseling and advocacy, health insurance counseling and prescription drug coverage assistance, access to dementia and behavioral health support services, assisted living residence certification and information, along with a variety of other programs and services.
Local Councils on Aging offerings may include outreach, transportation, meals (congregate or home delivered), health screenings, health insurance counseling, socialization, fitness, wellness, recreation activities, and lifelong learning. The home page will provide you with the contact information for the approximately 350 local Councils on Aging.
Options counseling is a free service to help seniors, adults of any age with a disability, and their family members or caregivers make decisions on support services.
This website has been created and is supported as a joint effort between the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Mass Home Care Association. It is our goal that this site will provide you with information to help you make good decisions concerning care for the elders of Massachusetts and to help elders find the resources they need to maintain their independence and to improve their quality of life.
Health and wellness
Elder Abuse reports can be filed 24 hours a day either online (see link above) or by phone at (800) 922-2275. Elder abuse includes: physical, sexual, and emotional abuse; caretaker neglect; financial exploitation and self-neglect. Elder Protective Services can only investigate cases of abuse where the person is age 60 and over and lives in the community. Call 911 or local police if you have an emergency or life-threatening situation.
800-243-4635 (press 3 or 5 if calling from a cell phone)
The SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) program provides free health insurance information and counseling to all Massachusetts Residents with Medicare and their caregivers. A counselor will review programs that help people with limited income to pay health insurance costs.
800-243-4636 (press 2)
Prescription Advantage is a state-sponsored prescription drug program administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs for seniors and people with disabilities.
Housing and home care
Find information on housing options for older residents, including assisted living, congregate, and supportive housing. You’ll also find resources on affordable housing, emergency housing, and more.
The Home Care Program provides care management and in-home support services to help eligible elders in Massachusetts successfully age in place. Eligibility for the Home Care Program is based on age, residence, income, and ability to carry out daily tasks such as bathing, dressing and meal preparation.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides eligible households with help in paying a portion of winter heating bills.
Finance and taxes
The Office of Economic Empowerment (OEE) provides free financial education workshops for senior citizens. They inform older citizens about ways to manage their finances in addition to informing people about ways to prevent financial exploitation. These sessions include fraud and scam prevention, banking, credit, savings, financial recovery, and more.
888 AG-ELDER (888-243-5337)
The Elder Hotline is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The hotline is staffed by senior volunteers and can help elders with a range of issues including reporting fraud cases.
Indepth tax information provided by the Commonwealth.