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Aging in the 21st Century...
A Council on Aging (COA) is a department of municipal government, authorized under
Chapter 40 Section 8B of the Massachusetts General Laws. The law states that a council on aging
may be established for the purpose of coordinating or carrying out programs designed to meet the
needs of the aging in conjunction with programs of the Office of Elder Affairs.
As people continue to live longer, the concept of aging is undergoing a massive
shift, and with that shift, a challenge to Senior Centers around the country on how to
serve our "aging" community. In the 60's baby boomers redefined music, fashion, hairstyles,
lifesyles and more, and today, in the 21st century, they are once again redefining society as relates
to the process of aging.
According to the Pew Research Center, "today and for every day for the next 19 years,
10,000 baby boomers will reach age 65. The aging of this cohort of Americans will dramatically change the
composition of the country. But don't tell baby boomers they are old. The typical Boomer believes that old
age does not begin until age 72...fully 61% of Boomers are feeling more spry than their age would imply."
In 1914, the average life expectancy for males was 52 years, for females it was 56.8 years.
Based on the 2010 Census, today men's life expectancy is 75.7 years and women's life expectancy
is 80.8 years.
The Senior Center Today
The Salem Council on Aging was founded in October of 1937 to serve the needs of Salem's
aging community. We currently serve approximately 1,800 individuals per year, providing a
variety of services including but not limited to: in and out of town trips, social services, exercise
classes, home delivered meals and daily hot lunches, music programs, special events and overall
support services to ensure that all seniors can mazimize the quality of their lives.
The 2010 US Census tells us that the City of Salem has approximately 7,584 people who are
60 years or older. Of this population, more than 790 are 85 and older.
The Senior Center of our Future....A Community Life Center
During the next 18 months, the Senior Center will be looking at how we best redefine
ourselves into a Community Life Center by broadening our programs to be increasingly more
cross generaltional, rethinking how we look at aging, and meeting the needs of our Salem residents
who are in their 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's and a few even in the 100's. We hope you will join us for the
exciting journey ahead.
To learn more about aging worldwide, go to:
This study by the World Health Organization provides an indepth analysis on the worldwide
challenges and opportunities that communities will face as our aging population continues to
2013-14 Parking Stickers
For entrance to Winter Island Park, Forest River Park
And McCabe Marina & Recreation Area
Salem resident parking stickers can be purchase at:
Council on Aging, 5 Broad Street, Salem
Monday-Friday 8am - 4pm
Thursday evenings until 7pm
Winter Island Park Office/Store, 50 Winter Island Road, Salem
Beginning on Monday, May 6th, Monday-Friday 8 am - 4 pm
Beginning on Saturday, May 25th, Saturday & Sunday 8 am - 4 pm
$20 for the 1st vehicle ($15 for seniors 60+ & veterans)
$5 for the 2nd vehicle registered to the same Salem address
To obtain your sticker, drive your vehicle to the COA or Winter Island Park Office/Store, show your license and registration, and we will place the sticker on the windshield of your vehicle. If you are requesting a 2nd sticker, bring a copy of the registration for that vehicle, a copy of the driver’s license for the person the vehicle is registered to (if for someone else in your household), and we will give you the 2nd sticker to take with you.
Thank you and enjoy all Salem Parks!