Council on Aging

Highlights, Alerts & Updates

All Events RSVP: 508 315-5734, or “RSVP” Tab below.

  • Learn about The FREE new Senior Van and how to register for rides. Click on the Transportation icon below for details. (New contact number and account requirements starting November 1st)
  • Sign up for the December trip to NYC, sponsored by the Friends of the COA, by Oct 29th
  • Flu Clinic: Dover Town House: Oct 15th, 1PM
  • Medicare Questions? Confidential apt with the SHINE Counselor. RSVP before December 7th

The Council on Aging Director reports to the Council on Aging Board of Directors which is appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The Dover Council on Aging coordinates and implements programs to meet the needs of the 60 and older population of Dover and their families. The COA provides programs and services that address the emotional, physical, and social needs of elders. Our focus is to enable seniors to live independently and comfortably in their own community, promote their well-being, maintain their dignity and enhance their quality of life. The Dover COA is funded in part by grants from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and BayPath Elder Services, Inc.







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Contacting the Council on Aging

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00AM -4:30PM

Office Location: 1st floor of the Community Center, Rm 116. 4 Springdale Avenue.

Telephone: (508) 315-5734 
Fax: (508) 785-0476
E-mail for general inquiries:

Mailing Address:
Dover COA
P.O. Box 250
Dover, Ma 02030

Position Employee Email
Director Janet Claypoole
Administrative Assistant Sue Sheridan
Outreach Worker TBD
Volunteer Coordinator Nancy Simms


Position Name Term Expires Email
Chair Betty Hagan 2018
Vice-Chair Louis Theodos 2017
Secretary Maureen Dilg 2017
Member Cara Groman 2017
Member Gilbert Thisse 2015
Member Camille Johnston 2016
Member Joanne Connolly 2017
Associate Member Open
Associate Member Open
Selectmen’s Liaison James Dawley, Jr. 2016


Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month, 10:00am, Rm 116, Community Center. Please consult the meeting calendar. Review the Council on Aging’s meeting minutes for a record of their meetings.

Dover Town Code Description of Responsibilities

Dover Town Code
There shall be an eleven-member Council on Aging appointed by the Board of Selectmen on a rotating basis of three or four members each year for three-year terms. The Council shall coordinate or carry out programs designed to meet the needs of the aging in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 40, § 8B.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Dover Senior Center?
Dover currently has no “Senior Center”; we share space with the town offices in multiple buildings in town. We have multiple spaces in the Caryl Community Center, 4 Springdale Avenue, Dover 02030, lower level. Parking is available in the rear of the building off Whiting Road. Parking for the disabled is available on Springdale Avenue in front of the main entrance.

What Hours are you open?
Monday-Friday 9AM-4:30PM

What Programs and Activities do you offer, and how do I sign up?
The Dover Senior Center offers a great selection of Programs and Activities: Fitness and Recreation, Museum Tours, Book Club and Lifetime Learning Presentations, Counseling and Advisory Services, among others. Click here to sign up for the monthly Bright Horizons Newsletter that lists the current activities. Or phone the COA at 508-315-5734.

I am younger than 60; can I attend your programs?
By all means! We welcome anyone, even non-residents.

How can I stay in touch if the power goes out if I have Verizon FIOS?
The COA would like to provide this info sheet created by the Chief of Police regarding “How to Stay in Touch” when fiber optic phone systems go out during power outages.

What is The Friends of Dover COA?
The Friends is a Non-Profit (501 C-3) Organization whose sole purpose is to fund raise for the COA’s programs and services. It is made up of dedicated volunteers, and offers membership and programs throughout the year. The “Friends of Dover COA” is always open to volunteers’ suggestions

How do I sign up for classes and programs?
There are sign-up sheets at the COA, Rm 116 in the community center, 4 Springdale Avenue. Also, you can often register for programs via the link above “RSVP for Event”.

Isn’t the purpose of the Dover COA to serve infirm, disabled and other senior members of the community with limited means?
That is the perception of most residents, and yes, the the staff is dedicated to care for them. But the vast majority of the senior community is healthy and self-sufficient. The Dover COA serves the entire post-55 community with programs to stimulate every aspect of mind and body while encouraging social interaction with fellow Doverites..

As a Caregiver what can the Dover COA do for me?
We offer information and assistance, and can connect you to applicable resources accordingly. Phone 508-315-5734, or email the Director at

Does the COA offer medical equipment?
Yes, we have slightly used medical equipment available for loan to Dover seniors. Wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, crutches, tub seats and assorted items are available. Call for availability

Does the COA offer Fuel Assistance?
Not directly, but we can connect you with a resource.

What about Veterans benefits, Medicare and Social Security advice?
The town has a Veterans Services Officer. Paul Carew can be reached at (508) 326-6470. email:  Our SHINE counselor is available to answer questions on Medicare and social security, contact the COA to set up an appointment.

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