Come in the door…you’ll make a friend…you’ll want to stay…because there’s something for everyone!
The Duxbury Senior Center is the community focal point where seniors come together for services and activities that reflect their experience and skills, respond to their diverse needs and interests, enhance their dignity, support their independence, and encourage their involvement in and with the center and the community. The center also serves as a resource for the entire community for information on senior services, nutrition and transportation programs, support for family caregivers, training of professionals and students, and for developing innovative approaches to addressing aging issues.
The mission is to create an inclusive environment to enable our growing population of senior citizens to lead independent and rewarding lives through advocacy and support, both physical and emotional, and to encourage seniors to use their talents, knowledge and experience for themselves and the benefit of the Duxbury community.
Our seniors will have meaningful opportunities to enjoy life, interact with the community and preserve their mental and physical well-being.
A positive climate is created by the professional staff, volunteers and patrons that incorporate these values:
-Maintaining the older individual’s dignity and sense of worth
-Creating a culture that provides acceptance, support, sharing and interdependence regardless of personal limitations
-Providing the opportunity and freedom of choice to engage in a variety of activities in a safe and nurturing environment
-Planning innovative programs
-Offering a variety of supportive, counseling and referral services
To support to seniors (60+) in the community, the Council on Aging was established by a vote at the Duxbury Annual Town Meeting in 1984. It started as a part time department focusing its efforts on providing service to homebound seniors in the areas of information, transportation, and food service. Operations were conducted from a small office, first located in the basement of the Town Hall and then the Girl Scout House. A small group of citizens organized and formed the Friends of the Council on Aging. They, in turn, marshaled a fundraising effort and purchased a bus that enabled seniors to shop and travel to doctor’s appointments. This was the first of many fund raising activities that have been organized by the Friends.
In 1993, the Duxbury Council on Aging accepted the offer of space in the Lower Alden School, which led to the creation of the first Senior Center. With increased space, the Duxbury Senior Center was able to expand the series available to seniors.
In 1994. Planning for a permanent home for the Senior Center began. In 1996, the Town voted to create and hire a seasoned professional to fill the Director position. In 1997. During the Annual Town Meeting, the Council on Aging received approval of their budget which led to the design and construction of a new state of the art Senior Center. At that time, the Friends of the Council on Aging pledged that if the town built the facility, they would furnish it. The capital campaign began shortly after the Town Meeting and close to $300,000 was pledged by citizens and local business. The Friends are proud to report that all pledges from this campaign were fulfilled.
In January 1999, the new Center was opened, fully furnished and ready to meet the needs of the growing senior population. THe success we have experienced in the last 14 years can be measured by the increase in participation and the expanded offering of interesting and diverse programs.
In fiscal 2015,
- 34,083 participants signed in to participate in a diverse array of program and activities offered at the Center.
- 1,183 outreach contacts with seniors and caregivers were made through telephone calls, home and office visits.
- 26 Lifelong Learning courses were presented in the areas of history, art, music, literature, current events, religion and science.
- 12 supper clubs, 12 lunches out and 7cultural trips were offered.
- 5,050 congregate meals were served in the Ellison Dining Room.
- 3,996 meals were delivered to the homebound of the community.
- 5,537 items were serviced at the Mayflower Café.
- 7,815 rides were provided to seniors. 5,409 rides enabled seniors to remain independent and active in the community. 2,406 rides enabled seniors to get to medical appointments. Our 10 transportation volunteers provided 240 rides to augment our transportation services.
- 44 rides were provided to seniors/disabled persons so they could get to medical appointments in Boston.
- 20 Town Appointed Committee Meetings met at the Senior Center 204 times during the year. Our space was used 27 times by various town departments for meetings and trainings; the building was used 69 times for community use (i.e., Red Cross, Lion Club, Rotary Club); and we rented our facility 25 times for private rentals.
- Provided 216 days of respite to caregivers by offering a social day program for adults with Alzheimer’s disease or related form of dementia.
- Our 228 volunteers shared their gift of time and talents 21,756.5 hours of service. Using the Independentsector.org dollar value of $23.07 per hour, the gift of time is valued at $497,424.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you have to be a Duxbury resident to come to the Duxbury Senior Center?
A: No! Anyone is welcome to come to the Senior Center!
Q: What towns does the bus cover in terms of getting a ride to medical appointments?
A: Duxbury, Plymouth, Kingston and Marshfield
Q: How do you reserve a ride on the medical bus locally and on the Boston Hospital bus?
A: Please call 781-934-5774, Ext. 5713
Q: How can I get involved at the Duxbury Senior Center?
A: We have opportunities for all kinds of volunteers, from helping to set up and serve in the dining room to delivering meals in our Home Delivered Meals Program, from working at our Front Desk to driving seniors to medical appointments – and everything in between. Perhaps you have a special skill set and can contribute in another way, we would love to hear from you.
Q: I have physical limitations, can I still help out?
A: Yes, we have many volunteers with physical limitations who are still able to contribute their gifts and talents to the Duxbury Council on Aging.
Q: Might I be eligible for food stamps or get help with my heating bill?
A: See Donna or Ellen in the Outreach office. IF income eligible, they will help with an application.
Q: What is the criteria for receiving home delivered meals?
A: Home delivered meals are available to Duxbury residents who are currently homebound or who have difficulty preparing their own meals due to physical, cognitive or other limitations. Clients can set up meals on their own through HDM coordinator or are referred to home delivered meal program by family members, friends, social workers, etc.
Q: Can you meet individual dietary restrictions?
A: We make every effort to meet a client’s dietary restrictions. Menu restrictions can be discussed with HDM coordinator. Alternate meals are also available on request.
Q: Is there a fee for the meals?
A: The cost of a home delivered meal is $5 per meal. A sliding fee scale is available to those who qualify according to annual income.
Q: Does HDM client need to be home when meal is delivered?
A: Yes, the client needs to be home to receive the meal from HDM volunteer.