Senior Center Renovation Answers

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Update on Senior Activities: Due to COVID-19, the Council on Aging will not be holding any "in person" activities, events or groups at the Senior Center or any other location through the summer. This includes Podiatry Clinic and all Fitness Classes.

Where to find your favorite programs and activities while the Senior Center is closed for renovations.

The Arlington Senior Center at 27 Maple Street will be closed to the public starting Spring 2020 as the building undergoes renovations and transforms into the new Arlington Community Center. During this time, we are working to ensure that all services, transportation, programs, activities and classes continue in alternate Arlington locations.

On Monday, March 9th, all Senior Center activities and programs will move to their new temporary offsite locations. Our Guide to Temporary Offsite Programs will guide you through this transitional time. Call us if you would like us to mail you this Guide.

The Council on Aging will continue to operate and offer all Transportation and Social Services. Our offices will remain open by appointment. Due to construction, there will be limited access to the Council on Aging offices and there will be times when the public cannot walk into our office.  Please call us first, to make an appointment.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new Arlington Community Center when the renovations are complete! We are excited to share updates in our monthly Senior Newsletter and on our website at

Below is a list of some of the changes that will take place to our daily operations during the renovation.


Limited Access to the Council on Aging Offices

Due to construction beginning in Spring of 2020, there will be times when the public cannot walk into our office. Please call us first, to make an appointment. Our Main telephone number is 781-316-3400.


How to buy van and taxi tickets during the renovation:

  • Purchase Van tickets and DART (Dial a Ride Taxi) tickets right on the COA Van.
  • Mail in a check to purchase Van tickets and DART tickets. Tickets will be mailed to you directly.
  • Register for the DART program over the phone and by mail.

Medical Equipment

The medical equipment loan program will be suspended until the renovations are complete. You can call 781-322-1052 H.E.L.P (Hospital Equipment Loan Program) which is located at 500 West Cummings Park, Suite 115 in Woburn,  MA. Saturdays only 9-12 Pick up/Return/Donate items.

Social Workers

Our Social Workers are still available and working to help Arlington seniors during the renovation. To meet with a social worker call  Lourie August, LICSW at 781-316-3410 or Marci Shapiro-Ide, LICSW at 781-316-3419. All social work meetings are by appointment and need to be scheduled directly with the social worker. No walk-ins during renovations.

SNAP Benefits

Apply for SNAP (food assistance). Call Marci Shapiro-Ide at 781-316-3419.

Heat Assistance

Apply for Heat Assistance. Call Jeety Gandhi for guidelines and appointment at 781-316-3176.

COA Nurse

For questions about blood pressure clinics, flu shots or other health related issues, or to meet with the nurse,  call Joanne Sliney, RN at 781-316-3405.

Cancellation Policy

If the Arlington School District is closed for poor weather, the COA Van and All senior programs will be canceled.

Renovation Updates

The COA monthly newsletter will have a section that will provide you with information on programs during the renovation.
For updates on the renovation, please visit

Need more help?

If you have any questions or concerns about programming during renovations call Shannon Murphy at 781-316-3404 or email

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