Who We Are
The Stoneham Senior Center is the Town’s second-oldest Almshouse, built in 1852 in the Greek Revival style. The building was renovated in 1998 and has been proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.
The Stoneham Council on Aging is a Department of the Town of Stoneham Massachusetts. The department serves the town’s senior population through services, programs, and activities. Additionally, the department connects community members, specifically older adults and their families, to a variety of resources available throughout the region. The department is housed in a beautiful historic building centrally located on Elm Street, off of Main Street, for the convenience of community members. The charming building is recognized by the community as a heartwarming establishment where older adults can gather and form deep-rooted friendships and connections.
A variety of programs and services are continuously offered at the Senior Center. The staff encourages community members to use the programs and services that are most suited to their needs. Members can join one another for affordable and delicious lunches, participate in a wide range of programs, learn new skills, and chat with the staff about resources in the community. Additionally, community members can attend trips to museums, performances, and special events in the community. Community members can access Health and Wellness assistance from SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Counselors. SHINE Counselors help the communities older adults choose health insurance coverage and manage medical issues pertaining to Medicare, Medicaid, and prescription drug coverage. Community members can find further health and wellness assistance through attending various support groups including the Caregiver Support Group and the Parkinson’s Disease Peer Support Group. Finally, community members can use the Senior Center’s transportation services. The Senior Center offers transportation for those who no longer drive or wish to drive. The Senior Center vans and volunteer drivers bring community members to and from the center, grocery shopping, to local restaurants, to medical appointments, and to pit stops including CVS, the Stoneham Public Library, and Walmart.
Overall, the Senior Center’s steadfast staff and volunteers uphold confidence in their abilities to enthusiastically collaborate to solve problems and implement services which will empower the seniors of the Stoneham community. The Senior Center’s Director, Maureen Canova, is aware that the needs of older adults are ever-changing and uses her position to honorably serve Stoneham’s senior population.
The mission of the Stoneham Council on Aging is to welcome all to the Senior Center and provide outstanding services to all seniors with kindness, respect, dignity and by offering services for social, nutritional, and medical needs, and to provide outreach to senors in the community.
A Message From the Director
“If we don’t have what you want, speak up! My door is always open for suggestions, comments, and questions from our seniors and our community. We are here to serve you, and your input is essential to ensure that we are doing just that. Send me an email under the “Contact us” menu, call ,or stop by to let me know what you think.
I do have one favor to ask of you. After you have visited and experienced what the Senior Center has to offer, talk us up! Tell your friends and neighbors about our activities and programs. Invite a friend to join you the next time you come. You are our best ambassador, recruiter, and public relations specialist!”
-Maureen Canova, Director
We make every effort to accommodate the special needs of participants here at the Center and on trips. We recommend that persons have sufficient mobility and that persons who require assistance with activities with daily living have a companion join them. We regret that we cannot be responsible for special individual assistance for walking, dining, or personal needs.