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The Bourne Council on Aging was established by the Town of Bourne in March 1969, in accordance with Chapter 40, Section 8B of the Massachusetts General Laws. Since that time, the dedicated work of staff members and volunteers has allowed the Council on Aging to continuously expand the scope of its programs and services.

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Originally located in the American Legion Hall, the Council on Aging moved to the Bourne Community Building in Buzzards Bay in 1974. In September 2003, the Council on Aging moved to its new home in the Senior Center at the Bourne Veterans Memorial Community Building, on the site of the former Community Building.

The new Senior Center has facilities for staff offices, meeting and function rooms, a senior meal site, a computer lab, exercise programs, craft programs, health screening, a supportive adult day program and a full gymnasium.

Today, the Bourne Council on Aging ("BCOA") serves a senior population of approximately 4,000, by providing a wide range of programs and services. These include transportation services by minibus, van and volunteer drivers; health screenings, therapies and information updates; outreach services and volunteers; health insurance updates and counseling; exercise programs for a range of levels; social opportunities and programs; support groups; educational programs and discussion groups; several craft groups; elder law attorneys, who provide free services and advice to seniors; shopping, social trips and bus rides; and a supportive adult day program. Some of the programs and services are presented in cooperation with other agencies such as the VNA of Cape Cod and the Islands, Cape Cod HealthCare, Alzheimer's Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, the Friends of Bourne Council on Aging, Inc., UMass Dartmouth and the RTA. The Council on Aging also serves as the Human Resources agency for the Town, providing services to residents of any age.

Volunteers are an important part of the success of the Council on Aging. Without volunteer participation, many of the above programs would not be possible. During the 2004-2005 fiscal year, volunteers contributed in excess of 13,000 hours to the Council on Aging.

The most essential services of the Council on Aging are outreach services. Through the efforts of the Council's Outreach Coordinator, a licensed social worker, and volunteer outreach workers, services and assessments are available to the most frail and vulnerable residents of the Town of Bourne.

The Friends of Bourne Council on Aging, established in September of 1979, is a non-profit organization that provides support to the programs of the COA. The Friends organization makes possible the publishing and mailing of the monthly newsletter to 3,200 households. The Friends also sponsor the Supportive Adult Day Program established at the Bourne Senior Center.

The Bourne Council on Aging has been recognized as a leader among Councils on Aging on Cape Cod as well as statewide.


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