Planning and Allocation

Planning and Allocation

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Transportation Needs Assessment 2010

A Directory of Title III Funded Services

Each year Coastline funds numerous programs that meet the needs of older adults living throughout Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Gosnold, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford and Rochester. These organizations are funded to provide older adults and their caregivers with supplemental programs that address their mental and physical well-being, socialization and transportation needs. Most programs are open to individuals age 60 and older. Some programs are open to individuals age 55 and older.

Wellness Programs

Acushnet Council on Aging / ABLE Bodies Balance Training

Program focuses on balance and mobility to improve strength and flexibility to help in reducing the likelihood of falls. Contact: 508-998-0280

Buzzards Bay Speech Therapy/Self Improvement Classes for Adults

Provides self-improvement classes to address a variety of cognitive communication changes seen in typical aging as well as neurological disorders. Contact: 508-326-0353

Community Nurse/Evidence-Based, Matter of Balance

Provides weekly sessions to include pre and post assessments, disease education, medication and nutritional education, and the importance of exercise. Contact: 508-992-6278

Family Service Association/Overlooked and Underserved: Elders in Need

Perform assessment and evaluation to elders who are experiencing mental health; provides crisis intervention, support, education and linkage for mental health treatment. Contact: 508-677-3822

Gosnold Council on Aging/Health for Our Community

Walk-in center to help, give advice, check on medications, nutrition, Blood pressure, and coordinate with New Bedford for referrals. Contact: 508-990-7408

Rochester Council on Aging/Stepping and Stretching

Exercise program addresses the physical and emotional needs of older adults recovering from medical illness. Contact: 508-763-8723

Visiting Dental Hygienist

Public Health Dental Hygienist providing dental cleanings, screenings, oral health, information and education. Contact: 774-766-7238

YWCA of Southeastern, Mass. / Wellness

Workshops for men and women regarding prostate, lung, breast, cervical or colon cancer screenings and linkage for the uninsured. Contact: 508-999-3255

Outreach & Socialization

Dartmouth Council on Aging/ Activities

The Activities Coordinator organizes clubs, special trips, and other activities to provide older adults with opportunities to socialize. Contact: 508-999-4717

YWCA of Southeastern Mass/ Widowed

The Widowed Persons Program holds support groups and one-on-one emotional support for newly widowed elders going through the grieving process. Contact: 508-999-3255

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe/ The Time of Those Who Are Revered

Identify and provide transportation services for Tribal elders from Greater New Bedford to the Community meeting room in Mashpee, for socialization. Contact: 508-477-5800

Respite & Transportation

Community Connections/Medical, Social and Recreational Transportation

Provides older adults with transportation to and from medical appointments and social trips, and escort services. Contact: 508-990-8194

Dartmouth CoA/Fairhaven CoA and New Bedford CoA – Social Day

Provides Respite and transportation for elders in Social Day programs

Contact: Dartmouth: 508-999-4717

Fairhaven: 508-979-4029

New Bedford: 508-991-6251

MO LIFE / Family Caregiver and Transportation

This program provides medical transportation specifically for older adults and their caregivers. Contact: 508-992-5978

New Bedford COA Transportation

The Council provides transportation to local and long distance medical appointments and shopping excursions. Contact: 508-991-6251

Project Independence/Adult Day Health

This program provides caregivers with respite services in an adult day facility. Contact: 508-997-1441

Other Services

Community Nurse Home Care/ Dementia Friendly at Work in Fairhaven

Provides one hour educational session for staff of business and service organizations to better prepared to serve people with dementia. Contact: 508-992-6278

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

This program provides grandparents benefit information for health insurance, social services, and require parents to attend drug counseling. Contact: 774-202-0537

Immigrants Assistance Center

Provides non-English speaking older adults and the caregivers with case management and outreach to link them to community programs for assistance, including translation. Contact: 508-996-8113

PACE /Fuel Assistance

PACE provides fuel to older adults in emergency situations either because they have no fuel or they are facing utility termination. Contact: 508-999-9920


This publication covers topics concerning the interests of older adults to enhance public awareness and advocate for older adults and their caregivers. Contact: 508-979-1544

South Coastal Counties Legal Services/Seniors Law Project

This organization provides older adults with legal representation in the courts and before administrative bodies, including the Social Security Administration. Also provides older adults with counsel and advice on a variety of legal issues. Contact: 774-488-5970

Coastline and many of its programs are funded through contracts from the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Program attendees are able to make voluntary and confidential donations to any Title III program; however, no one will be denied a service if he/she chooses not to donate.

Coastline does not deny delivery of service to any person on the basis of age, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, physical/mental handicaps and sexual orientation, who otherwise meet the eligibility criteria for the respective programs.

Individuals who are dissatisfied with, or who have been denied a Title III service, may file a written complaint with the Area Agency on Aging within 21 business days of the adverse action. Please notify Coastline at 508-999-6400 to obtain a copy of the Grievance Procedure.