Council on Aging

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Topsfield Town Hall, Council on Aging, and Library have been closed since March 13, 2020  

Town Administrator, Kevin Harutunian, and Health Agent, Wendy Hansbury, made the announcement in a letter to residents.

The health and safety of all Topsfield residents (and beyond) is our highest priority.  Topsfield COA will abide by all orders/advisories issued and will take time ramping back up again.  Especially because Topsfield COA serves a demographic particularly vulnerable to the insidious COVID-19 and other viruses, we believe that taking precautions recommended by the local and national experts is paramount.  When advised, services that have been suspended will gradually be brought back into the fold.

In the meantime, Meals on Wheels continue to be delivered.  If you would like to receive this life-saving service, call our provider SeniorCare, Inc. at (978) 281-1750.

If you would like assistance acquiring food, please call our partners at Topsfield's Food Pantry, Top Cupboard, (978) 807-8775.

Please follow all social distancing protocols, wash hands thoroughly, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, use household cleaners to clean frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and phones.



Topsfield Council on Aging is a municipally appointed volunteer board authorized under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40, Section 8B. The Council's major responsibilities include setting local policy for the administration of elder programs and services, serving as elder advocates and educating the community at large about the needs and resources affecting the lives of Seniors.

The Council on Aging provides programs and services to the age 60+ population and caregivers including nutrition, transportation, social and educational programs, information and referral services, elder protection programs, volunteer opportunities, wellness programs, support services and outreach.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Paula Burke Executive Director (978) 887-1523
Beth Wideberg Senior Administrative Assistant & Meals on Wheels Coordinator (978) 887-1523
Greg Young Bus Driver
Ed Blum Bus Driver
Open Position Data Specialist (978) 887-1524

Board Members

Name Title
Penny Rogers Chairperson
Charlotte O'Toole Vice-Chairperson; Signature Event Team; Anniversary Co-Coordinator
George Berube Member; Triad Liaison
Lynne Bermudez Member
Florence T. Brady Recording Clerk; Signature Events Team; Anniversary Co-Coordinator
Joan Chiffer Member; Dementia Friendly Topsfield Chair
Elaine Crippen Member; Friends Liaison
Hannah Adelman Menzer Member; Intergenerational Liaison
Kendra Berube Member; Triad Liaison
Kim Love Member; Dementia Friendly Topsfield Member
Ruth Lucy Member