- 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 Worker, Amy Medina Leal to learn about benefits and services you might be eligible for based on age, health condition or income. Please schedule an appointment by calling 978-674-1167.
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.
Snow Shoveling AssistanceThis volunteer program is currently recruiting Lowell residents willing to help shovel a neighbor's sidewalk or driveway. Please contact Glady Rosa at 978-674-1168 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please call 1-800-342-5297 to set up an appointment with an Elder Tax Clinic.
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.
Please check the Heritage Newsletter for this month's schedule. We offer blood pressure, foot clinics, Reiki, physical therapy Q&A, hearing screening, and other health services and presentations on-site at the Senior Center. The Senior Center is not currently accepting donations for our medical equipment loan program.
AARP 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 Lowell residents age 60+. Call 978-674-4131.
Transportation for shopping is available on every other week, bringing seniors to their neighborhood grocery shopping plaza. Cost is $1 round trip. Check the Heritage Newsletter for this month's trip dates by neighborhood.
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+. Sign up at the Lowell Senior Center (978-674-4131), and a ride share vehicle will be scheduled for you by Elder Services. No need to use a smartphone or pay the driver; bills come to your address monthly, $4/each way for local trips.
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