- Elder Services of Merrimack Valley (ESMV) offers Meals on Wheels, Assistance with Home Care, Case Management, and Support for Seniors and Caregivers including telephone referrals. ESMV can be reached at 1-800-892-0890.
- MassOptions offers telephone and online referrals for seniors and people with disabilities, statewide. Call 844-422-6277.
- BenefitsCheckup helps you identify financial assistance programs you might be eligible for, including housing, health, and food supports (online only).
- Visit our Outreach Team to learn about benefits and services you might be eligible for based on age, health condition or income. Please schedule an appointment by calling 978-674-1166.
The Lowell Department of Veterans' Services is located in the Senior Center and offers benefits and referrals to eligible U.S. military veterans and their spouses, widows or dependents. Stop in or schedule an appointment at 978-674-4066.
- The Lowell Senior Center offers breakfast and lunch, 7 days a week for people age 60+. Optional $1 donation for breakfast, $2.50 donation for lunch. Please check our newsletter for special event dates when regular meals may not be offered.
- Meals on Wheels are available to homebound people age 60+. Please call (800) 892-0890 to sign up.
- Online application for SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits. You can also reach the DTA Senior Office to talk to a SNAP worker at 833-712-8027.
- Apply for the Senior Center's monthly Brown Bag program or request emergency groceries or frozen meals, call (978) 674-4131
- Lowell Area Food Pantries are listed at the Merrimack Valley Food Bank website
Snow Shoveling Assistance
The Mayor's Office coordinates a program that assists seniors with shoveling their walks and driveways. Call 978-674-4040 to sign up or to volunteer.
Call 1-800-243-4636, press 3 for a call back from a SHINE volunteer for assistance with Medicare and supplemental health insurance options. You can also compare your Medicare coverage options online with the Medicare PlanFinder tool.
The Senior Center has a medical equipment loan program that collects wheelchairs, walkers, canes, shower chairs, and toilet rails and loans them out to Lowell seniors. Please call ahead if you would like to donate or check out one of these items, as what we can collect or have available varies, 978-674-4131. We also can offer adult diapers based on donations, as of now we are in good supply and should be able to help anyone who needs them, just call or ask staff for what you need.
Tax PreparationAARP Volunteer Tax Assistance is available each spring at the Senior Center for eligible adults.
Tax & Utility Discounts for Elder Homeowners
- Lowell offers property tax exemptions for eligible senior homeowners. Read a Fiscal Year 2020 Overview or visit the Assessor's Office for more information.
- Elderly discounts are available for water rates, and for electing smaller trash bins. Visit the Water Utility or mail in the Fiscal Year 2020 Elder Discount Application
- Community Teamwork, 45 Kirk St, second floor is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm for walk-in assistance completing Home Heating/Fuel Assistance applications. Or call 978-459-6161.
- Comcast offers $9.95/month internet service and low-cost computers for income-eligible households, visit https://www.internetessentials.com
- National Grid offers a discount rate for electric and gas for income-eligible households, visit https://www.nationalgridus.com/Discount-Rate-App-MA
- Free cellphones are available to income-eligible households, visit https://www.safelinkwireless.com/ or https://www.assurancewireless.com/
FREE Transportation to Senior Center
The Lowell Senior Center offers free transportation to the Senior center for activities for Lowell residents age 60+. Call 978-674-4131. Availability may vary from day to day, please call in advance so we can plan.
Senior Dial-a-Ride is available for all people age 60+ for medical rides only. ADA Paratransit curb-to-curb service is available for people with a disability that prevents them from using a fixed route bus—for all trip types. Call Road Runner at 978-459-0152 for either service. CareRide, a pilot program of Elder Services of Merrimack Valley with funding from Lowell General, provides non-emergency medical transportation in the Greater Lowell area and to Boston for people age 65+. Bills come to your address monthly, $4/each way for local trips.Contact Alexandra Luciano, CareRide Program Coordinator at 978-651-3118 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have additional comments, questions, or concerns, please contact the Senior Center at 978-674-4131 for assistance.
Learn about Financial Programs for Seniors
Reducing Costs for Senior Homeowners (Oct. 2019)
Lowell's property tax exemptions, home repair and renovation programs, home heating assistance, and financial advising for homeowners at risk of losing housing were discussed. https://youtu.be/n9v1L6kGB6s
Senior Income from Part-Time Service (Sept. 2019)
Operation ABLE subsidized work program, Community Teamwork Senior Companion/Foster Grandparent stipend volunteers, Adult Family Care stipends for qualifying caregivers, and property tax reduction through serving city offices were discussed. https://youtu.be/XOjM3O6LLqA
Helpful Videos on Aging Topics
View all videos from AgeSpan (formerly Elder Services of Merrimack Valley) at https://archive.org/details/@batvinc?and%5B%5D=All+Things+Aging
AgeSpan "All Things Aging" on Hoarding and De-Cluttering
View all videos from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs at https://vimeo.com/search?license=by-nc-nd&q=%22senior+scene%22
Executive Office of Elder Affairs "Senior Scene" on SCO and PACE insurance options