The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) under the auspices of Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc. promotes and sponsors many services which reach out to all people in the community aged sixty and older. Particular attention is given to rural elderly, elderly with the greatest economic and social need, low-income minority individuals, the severely disabled, limited English speaking elderly, LGBT elders, and Alzheimer’s victims and their caregivers.  In addition to the Elder Services’ in-house programs that serve this population, the AAA distributes Older America Act funds to other community agencies/organizations to provide needed care and assistance. 

  1. Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod

Melanie Braverman (508) 896-5170

Provides funding for free supportive counseling services to caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illnesses.  This counseling intervention program is an evidence based program developed by New York University. 

  1. Barnstable Council on Aging

Judy Redd (508) 862-4750

Provides funding for a coordinator who will oversee the Council’s transportation program for the town of Barnstable.  Transportation services focus on providing rides to medical appointments and to the Council’s supportive day program. 

  1. Brewster Council on Aging

Lauren Zeller (508) 896-2737

Provides funding for a volunteer based transportation program.  Pays mileage for volunteers who are transporting seniors to medical appointments on and off Cape.         

      4.  Falmouth Council on Aging

           Kathy Barrett (508) 540-0196

Provides funding for a coordinator who will oversee the Council’s program for seniors         needing rides to medical appointments, shopping, and social activities. 

      5.  Healthy Aging Task Force/Dukes County

           Patricia Moore (508) 696-3840

           Provides funding for the training of lay leaders for the “Powerful Tools for

           Caregivers” program. Program will be offered on Martha’s Vineyard four times

           each year. 

 6.  Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living

Leslie Clapp (508) 939-9440

Provides transportation services to medical appointments in Falmouth, Sandwich, and Mashpee for Martha’s Vineyard elders. 

7.   Martha’s Vineyard Community Services

Joyce Ganapol (508) 693-7900

Provides bi-monthly support group for caregivers of elders and follow-up case management services.  Will also provide funding for respite needs while caregiver is attending the support group. 

8.   Nantucket Center for Integrative Psychotherapy

David Chew (508) 221-0351

Provides behavioral health assessments and/or short term counseling to priority elders on an outreach basis. 

      9.   Orleans Council on Aging

            Judi Wilson (508) 255-6333

            Provides funding for a transportation coordinator for the town of Orleans. 

            Transportation will be door-to-door rides to medical appointments.  

     10.  Orleans Council on Aging

            Maryanne Ryan (508) 255-6333

            Grant supports the development and expansion of the Lower Cape LGBT

            Seniors group.                    

      11.  Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket Foundation

             Charlene Thurston (508) 825-8325

             Provides individualized assessment, education, counseling, and referral

             for Nantucket caregivers in the home or an office setting. 

      12.  Provincetown Council on Aging

 Chris Hottle (508) 487-7080

 Provides transportation/escort services to medical appointments for Provincetown seniors. 

13.  South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.

 Intake (508) 775-7020

The “Elder Law Project” provides free civil legal services to seniors on Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard through direct services and community outreach and legal education. 

14. Truro Council on Aging

Marjorie Childs (508) 487-2462

Provides transportation to medical appointments for Truro residents.  Also, provides transportation services for non-medical purposes in order to help elder sustain a level of independence, mobility, and stimulation through recreational and social services.