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Senior Center Offers Services for Older Adults

Services for older adults 60+ now available at the Center

The Tewksbury Council on Aging and Senior Outreach Director Christina Hess, LCSW, are pleased to announce that Tewksbury has received a grant from the Massachusetts Councils on Aging by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Under the auspices of Christina and intern Molly Tupper, they will be providing support for older adults experiencing emotional challenges and behavioral health conditions here in Tewksbury. Services include individual counseling, support groups, “step-down” services, case management and referrals to outside agencies. Clinicians can provide services in the home or in community settings, such as the Tewksbury Center.

Clinicians can assess and provide individual counseling. They can help with issues including anxiety, depression, grief and loneliness.

Step-down services provide support for those coming home from hospital/rehab stays. Support might include stocking the pantry, accompaniment to appointments, transitional therapy and more.

Case management can help you connect with services like housing, fuel assistance, transportation and home health care.

Support groups offer a supportive, confidential environment to talk with others in a similar situation. Meetings are open and meet once or twice monthly. The TewksburyCOA offers free clinician facilitated support groups:

Caregivers: 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 10 a.m. 

Parkinson’s Disease: 3rd Monday 10 a.m.  

Bereavement: 3rd Tuesday, 10 a.m.  

Low Vision: 2nd Wednesday, 10 a.m.  

LGBT+ Social: 3rd Thursday, 12:30 p.m.  

“An elderly person at home [is like] a living golden treasure.”

Chinese saying

If you or someone you know could benefit from EMHOT services, please contact Christina Hess, LCSW, EMHOT Manager at 978-640-4480 or

Donna Gill covers Senior Center and COA news for the Carnation.

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