Contact Info

Council on Aging
37 Main Street, Basement
Charlton, MA 01507
P: 508-248-2231
F: 508-248-2379

Office Hours

Mon - Thu
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM


COA Board Meeting: First Wednesday of each month at 9:30 AM or as otherwise posted.

Agenda - Apr. 5, 9:30 AM


Golden Age Club: Second Tuesday of each month at 11:00 AM at the Senior Center

S.H.I.N.E. Counselor: By appointment only. Please call the Senior Center at 508-248-2231.

Council on Aging Directory

Elaine Materas
COA Director
508-248-2231 | Email

Cathleen Kuehl
Kitchen Coordinator

Bill Fontaine
Kitchen Assistant

Debra Ciesluk
Outreach Coordinator
508-248-2231 | Email

Council on Aging Board of Directors

Irene Langevin, Vice Chair
Madeleine Manfield, Secretary
Paul Kolesnikovas
Gail Stokes
Cheri Furtado
James Howard
Council on Aging (COA) / Senior Center

The Council on Aging Department is responsible for representing and serving all the elders in the community. At this time Charlton has an elder population of over 2,184. The COA plays a unique and essential role in building a better future for these seniors. As well as the Director working to fill this role, we also have an Outreach Coordinator who is working out in the community identifying those unmet needs, and working towards providing those services. We also work closely with private agencies as well as Municipal Departments and Public Officials so that we can serve as many seniors as possible. No single organization can serve all of the needs of the seniors but working together we feel that we can reach our goal, and that is to provide a safe and friendly environment for socialization and recreation as well as outreach services to homebound elders. We encourage them to use the existing services and benefits available to them so that they will stay as independent as possible allowing them to stay in their homes as long as possible.

Services Provided
  • Daily Lunch
  • Cards & Pool
  • Exercise
  • Line Dancing
  • Golden Age Club
  • S.H.I.N.E. Counselor
  • Volunteer Program
  • Outreach Program
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Monthly Birthday Party
  • Monthly Blood Pressure Clinic
  • Monthly Programs on Senior Issues

  • The Council on Aging welcomes all seniors and their families to stop into the Senior Center for more information and to look around and meet our staff and other seniors as well. We look forward to meeting you! Bring your friends ~ Bring your ideas ~ All are Welcome!

    If you would like to be a volunteer, or if you know someone who is in need of services, please call: Elaine at 508-248-2231.

    Funding for the Council on Aging is provided by the Town of Charlton, grants from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, a grant from the Charlton Cultural Council, as well as funding from the Golden Age Club.

    911 Emergency Cell Phone Program

    These phones are programmed for 911 only. You cannot use them for any other purpose. Keep one in your car, in your pocket as you roam around your home, garage and yard or if you're out on a walk. Know someone who lives alone? Know someone who may be in danger? This emergency cell phone may save a life! Call Elaine at 508-248-2231 to receive your Emergency 911 cell phone. If you have old cell phones you don't know what to do with, drop them off here at the Senior Center, at the Charlton Police station, Charlton Fire Department, Southbridge Savings Bank, Country Bank or Webster 1st Federal Credit Union. Your contribution may save a life!

    Blood Pressure Clinics

    Blood Pressure Clinis are held the third Thursday of each month at 10:30 AM at the Senior Center.

    The Golden Age Club

    The Golden Age Club is a group of concerned citizens working to supplement funds NOT provided by local and/or state government, through fundraising events, membership donations, as well as private donations.

    Outreach Program

    Our Outreach Coordinator goes out into the community and makes home visits in an effort to assess the needs of seniors and to make referrals, provide information, and aid in obtaining services from appropriate agencies. An information packet is handed out to each senior. This packet includes, but is not limited to:

  • File of Life
  • Emergency Contact Card
  • Health Care Proxy
  • Homestead Act
  • Prescription Advantage Plan
  • Tri-Valley Elder Services
  • Life-Line Support Services
  • Elder Bus
  • Fuel Assistance ~ Food Stamps
  • Elder Home Repair
  • Adult Day Health Services
  • Legal Assistance
  • Mass Health Buy-In Program
  • Verizon Specialized Telephone Equipment
  • Hearing Aid Low-Income Fund form
  • Mass Health Assistance Benefits
  • Volunteer Services

  • S.A.L.T. Council (Seniors And Law Enforcement Together)

    The Charlton and Southbridge Police Departments along with the Charlton and Southbridge Councils on Aging encourage seniors to join the S.A.L.T. Meetings. By attending, it gives you a chance to meet your local police officers, to hear what's happening in your town and to voice you concerns and make any suggestions you may have to your local Police Departments and Councils on Aging. Call Elaine at 508-248-2231 for meeting dates/times/locations.

    Senior Tax Work-off Program

    Applications for the Senior Tax Work-Off Program are now available. Click here to download the Senior Tax Work-off Application Package. For more information or assistance, please call Outreach Coordinator, Debra Ciesluk, at 508-248-2231. Deadline to apply: November 30.


    Tax Scams
    Medicare Scam Alert
    Scam Alerts
    Information on Scams from the Charlton Police Department

    Mortgage Audit Letter or Calls from ACT

    Scam Alert! Ongoing scam aimed at grandparents and involving requests of money to get their grandchildren out of jail. Download the Scam Alert.

    Scam Alert! Residents are receiving telephone calls saying that their Country Bank accounts have been locked and to unlock their account they have to key in their information. Country Bank has not been calling anyone and they would not call anyone asking for this information.

    Safety Tip: Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break in your house, odds are the burglar or rapist won't stick around... after a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there..... This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

    S.H.I.N.E. Counselor (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders)

    By appointment only. Please call the Senior Center at (508) 248-2231.

    Volunteer Services
    • Friendly Visitors
    • Telephone Reassurance
    • Transportation to appointments, shopping, etc…
    • Eucharistic Minister
    • Errands
    • Respite
    • Handyman Service
    • S.H.I.N.E. Counselor {Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders}

    Senior Expo
    Thursday, May 4, 2017
    9:30 AM - 1 PM
    Southbridge Community Center,153 Chestnut St., Southbridge, MA
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    Christmas Fair
    Charlton Senior Center
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    Senior Christmas Party
    Southbridge Senior Center
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    2017 Trips

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