COA IS OPEN!
The Transportation Program is operating with a modified ride schedule. Please call COA Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 3:00pm to schedule a ride.
Please take advantage of our Mobility To Go program if you would like to borrow mobility equipment. Please call 526-6368 from your home or from your car in the COA parking lot and a staff member will assist you.
Please visit the calendar and program list on this website to learn about the programs we're offering. All indoor programs will be limited to 10 attendees and pre-registration is required. We cannot accept walk-ins.
Please note masks will be required when entering the building.
COA's re-opening procedures - COVID-19 Re-Opening Plan
Town of New London Face Mask Resolution - https://www.nl-nh.com/
9:00am - 3:00pm Monday through Thursday Closed Friday
COA’s winter closings will be announced on WMUR-TV and this website. We will do our best to notify you as soon as possible. We recommend you check these sources regularly during inclement weather.
If you benefited from our outreach phone calls and would like to continue to be part of the program, or if you would like to be added to the call list, please call Sharon at 526-6368. We're here just to check in or to chat!
Volunteer Drivers Needed!
Many of the seniors who live in your town rely on the Chapin Senior Center’s Volunteer Transportation Program. You could help provide much needed transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and local errands.
Drive when it fits your schedule! Please call Karen at 526-6368.
Be sure to visit our "Programs" page to learn more about the exciting new on-line programs we have available through our partnership with "Senior Learning Network!
Hearts for Hospice
The members of the COA Needlework Group have initiated a project to fulfill a need at local hospice centers. When a resident passes away, a heart is placed on the door notifying others to be respectful of those mourning. The beautiful needlepoint heart becomes a cherished remembrance. To participate in this project please call COA at 526-6368. Project instructions are available at COA.
MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE
ServiceLink is available to assist individuals who wish to review their prescription drug plans or advantage plans.
Merrimack County residents please call 603-228-6625 to schedule a phone appointment. Sullivan County residents please call 542-5177.
This website is your portal to a wonderful world of wellness, community engagement, and information about healthy aging in our greater Kearsarge community.
On behalf of our board of trustees, hundreds of dedicated volunteers, and my staff colleagues, I welcome you to our COA website.
We are grateful and honored to serve our senior population in nine local communities and welcome your ideas about programming, activities, and services.
We are a community of like-minded neighbors who help each other live healthy and happy lives in our beautiful Lake Sunapee area. Our Chapin Senior Center is our hub for social interaction, volunteerism, lifelong learning and exploring, healthy aging, and a source for referrals to other organizations and agencies that best meet your needs.
We do this through our 50+ programs and activities, our transportation and mobility equipment services, and our many social and recreational events throughout the year, both solo and in partnership with other community organizations like the Lake Sunapee VNA, local town recreation departments and libraries, and our other partners and collaborators.
We are the main portal of information through which you can begin to seek help, guidance, and information about the second half of life in the Granite State!
We ARE NOT a social services agency in the classic definition of the word, as many important elder services are not directly provided by COA. Rather, we are happy to inform you on where to best find important services like Meals on Wheels and long-term care, as examples.
I invite you to drop into the Chapin Senior Center, speak with me or any of my volunteer or staff colleagues, and find out how to open up a world of healthy living in our beautiful part of New Hampshire.
In the meantime, please enjoy the wonderful resources offered here in our website. You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Kearsarge Area Council on Aging: People Helping People
COA responds to as many unmet needs in our community as possible, understanding that we are not a traditional "agency"-style service organization, but rather an organization founded on the principle that social engagement is the centerpiece to living a healthy and happy life.
We do offer a couple basic human needs, such as transportation, health related services and education, and nutrition programs.
COA has grown to a full time senior center, meeting many varied and daily needs of area elders, emphasizing social enrichment and interaction.
The Center is open 12 months a year, 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday, closed on Federal Holidays and during Kearsarge Area School closings.
COA serves the residents in Andover, Danbury, Grantham, Newbury, New London, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton and Wilmot and was founded in 1992.
In addition to almost 50 seasonal programs, activities, and services offered at the Chapin Center, COA partners with area organizations to expand services and programs throughout our nine-town service area. We have a volunteer force of over 142 dedicated individuals and a membership of over 2,800 people. Volunteers contribute more than 4,700 hours of services annually. The transportation program's volunteer driver corps drove over 27,000 miles in 2018, providing rides from important health and wellness visits, to picking up the week's groceries.
COA keeps the community informed on topics of interest to seniors and upcoming events each month. Being a focal point in the senior community allows the COA to function not only as a social and educational hub, but also as an information and referral base.
COA is a charitable, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and operates in a good standing with the State of New Hampshire's Attorney General's Office.