Community Services

Each year Coastline funds numerous programs that meet the needs of older adults living throughout New Bedford, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Gosnold, Marion, Mattapoisett, 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 or older; some programs are open to individuals age 55 and older.

Wellness Programs

Acushnet COA/ABLE Bodies Balance Training

This program is designed to help older adults gain agility, increase flexibility, and ease blood flow. 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

Gosnold COA/Health Services for our Community

This program is a 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 COA/Stepping and Stretching

This exercise program addresses the physical and emotional needs of older adults recovering from medical issues.
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

ENCORE Plus works to reduce the number of women who die from breast and cervical cancer by providing referral services to clinical breast exams, pap tests, pelvic exams, and mammograms. Contact: 508-999-3255

Outreach and 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 Person 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

This program identifies and provides 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 & Recreational Transportation

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

Supportive Social Day Programs - Dartmouth, Fairhaven and New Bedford COA

The program provides respite and transportation for elders in Social Day programs. Contact Dartmouth: 508-999-4717; Contact Fairhaven: 508-979-4029; Contact New Bedford: 508-991-6251

MO LIFE/Family Caregiver 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 508-991-6253

Project Independence/Adult Day Health

This program ensures caregivers receive respite by providing adult day health services for elders. Contact 508-997-1441

Other Programs

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

This program provides grandparents with health insurance, social services, and other parental rights while caring for the needs of their grandchildren.
Contact 774-202-0537

Immigrant’s Assistance Center

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

PACE/Fuel Assistance

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

Senior Scope

This publication covers topics concerning the interests of older adults to enhance public awareness and advocate for older adults and their caregivers. Contact 508-742-9104

South Coastal Counties Legal Services/Senior Law Project

This organization provides older adults with legal representation in the courts and before administrative bodies including the Social Security Administration. This organization also provides older adults with counsel and advice on a variety of legal issues.
Contact 508-979-7150

Community Nurse Home Care/Dementia-Friendly at Work in Fairhaven

This program provides one-hour educational sessions for staff of businesses and service organizations to better prepare to serve people living with dementia. Contact: 508-992-6278

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 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 meets the eligibility criteria for the respective programs.

Individuals who are dissatisfied with, or who have been denied a Title III services, 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 Application.


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 preference, who otherwise meets the eligibility criteria
for the respective programs.