Contact Info

Council on Aging /
Senior Center
37 Main Street
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 - Dec. 13, 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
508-248-2231 | Email

Debra Ciesluk
Outreach Coordinator
508-248-2231 | Email

Cathleen Kuehl
Kitchen Manager/Cook

Jenn Trudeau
Kitchen Asst./Cook

Council on Aging Board of Directors

James Howard, Chairman
Gail Stokes, Vice Chair
Susan Crockett, Secretary
Paul Kolesnikovas
Barbara Larson
Joan Malinowski
James Russell
Council on Aging (COA) / Senior Center

The Charlton Council on Aging (COA) is a municipal department in accordance with Mass General Laws Ch. 4, Sec. 8B for the purpose of coordinating and carrying out programs designed to meet the needs of aging in coordination with programs of the department of elder affairs.

The Charlton Council on Aging mission is to provide social, supportive and referral services to all senior citizens in an effort to maintain and improve quality of life so that they may stay in their homes for as long as possible.

The Senior Center is open Monday thru Thursday with activities scheduled each day. Our meal program is a vital part of our mission serving home-cooked lunches daily at 12:00 noon for a minimum cost. We ask that people sign up or call at least a day ahead for lunch.

Funding for the Council on Aging is provided by the Town of Charlton, grants from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Charlton Cultural Council, the Golden Age Club, Friendly Friends of the Charlton Seniors, Inc. and donations from local businesses, organizations and individuals. If you’d like to join the Friendly Friends or the Golden Age Club, please call the center.

Activities include: Floor Yoga, Chair Yoga, Exercise Class, Line Dancing, Walking group, Silver Needles Knitting group, Sewing group, BINGO. Some of these programs are paid for through grants and donations and run by volunteers. A minimal donation fee may be charged for some of our programs. Thanks to several volunteers we added adult Coloring, afternoon Games, Cribbage, Ping-pong, Bean-bag toss, Billiards, and a few craft classes. Working with the Recreation Department, during fair weather, we offer outdoor games including Bocce, Croquet and Water balloon toss.

Monthly Presentations: In addition to the daily/weekly activities we offer monthly presentations on a variety of topics. We have a Blood Pressure Clinic/Ask A Nurse from the Overlook VNA held on the first Tuesday each month and Bay Path students hold a Blood Pressure Clinic on the last Wed of each month; and Foot Care Clinic every other month by appointment only. We have a monthly birthday party with entertainment and offer some trips throughout the year.

Other services include: SHINE Program [Serving the Health Information Needs of Everyone] as needed. AARP free Tax-Aide, yearly Flu Clinic, and Worcester Community Action Council helps people sign up for fuel assistance.

Volunteers are crucial to the day to day workings of the center. Those people who take their time to help at the senior center and beyond. Our volunteers do everything from helping in the kitchen, serving those who have a difficult time serving themselves, to cleaning, stuffing our newsletter, office work, transportation to the doctors and friendly greeters at our door. If anyone is interested in helping out please contact us ~ we love our volunteers!

The Outreach Program is essential to our goal to support seniors to be as self-sufficient as possible and to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. The Outreach Coordinator makes home visits to provide the supportive and referral services needed. The Outreach Coordinator can help fill out a variety of forms at the center but also has access to Wi-Fi when traveling to homebound.

The Senior Tax Work-off Program gives qualifying seniors who are at least 60 years of age an opportunity to 45.5 hours a year to a municipal department and in return, receive $500 abatement from their property taxes. The program is funded for 20 participants and saves the town thousands of dollars. It not only helps participating departments with their work-load but also gives seniors a sense of purpose and well-being in addition to the monetary abatement. If a person is eligible for the program and is physically unable to put the hours in themselves, a volunteer can do the hours for the eligible person by signing up through the program. 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.

The Tri-Community SALT Council [Seniors And Law-enforcement Together] meets each month to help seniors become aware of the latest scams, identity theft, the File of Life, E911 cell phones, House Numbering Program and to discuss issues in an effort to keep seniors safe and aware of their surroundings and what’s happening in their towns. The SALT Council consists of the Southbridge & Charlton Councils on Aging, Police Departments, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, local banks and businesses as well as residents and holds an annual Senior Expo in May.

Our monthly newsletter is available online at or call the center to be on our mailing list.

Christmas Fair
Saturday, December 2, 2017
8 AM - 2 PM
Charlton Senior Center
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Senior Christmas Party
Southbridge Senior Center
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