Health and Human Services Commission

Combination of Commission on Aging, Youth Commission, Board of Human Services. Develops and coordinates information concerning needs of all age groups, analyzes services for them, makes recommendations for new or revised programs. Also provides oversight for New Canaan Public Health.

Chairman • Judy Dunn

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Department of Human Services

The mission of Health & Human Services is to direct and coordinate critical community needs and programs for health, food, shelter, and general wellbeing for the Town’s citizens. 

Vine Cottage, 61 Main St.
New Canaan, CT 06840
203-594-3076 • Fax: 203-594-3132
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Interim Director of Health & Human Services
Bethany Zaro, RN, MPH • 203-594-3093
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Program Assistant
Enza Albano • 203-594-3076
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Programs include: Insurance assistance with Husky, Medicare, Medicaid and supplemental policies; visits to homebound seniors; more.

Among helping agencies, organizations, and institutions that Department refers residents to is:

Lapham Community Center/Senior Center
of New Canaan, Inc.

Lapham Community Center in beautiful Waveny Park offers variety of programs and services to adult residents of New Canaan and is home of the Senior Center. 

Waveny Park • New Canaan, CT 06840 203-594-3620
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 83
New Canaan, CT 06840
Website: www.laphamcenter.org
E-Mail: [email protected]gov

Director • Lyn Bond
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Program Manager • Aggie Aspinwall
Hours: Mon. to Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Lapham Center has large community room, computer center, teaching kitchen, game room, and classrooms that enable Center staff to offer over 100 classes and programs each season.

Programs include: Lunch, Tues., at noon; reservation and $5 fee required. • Blood Pressure Clinic, Thurs., 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. • Crafts, Tues., 9:30 a.m.-noon. • Knitting, Thurs., 10 a.m.-noon. • Day trips organized to nearby places of interest 4-6 times a year
• Three Book Groups meet monthly.
• Frequent lectures on health, financial, and legal issues. • Free Medicare and supplemental plans insurance counseling. • Free tax counseling • Adult Education classes in art, exercise, history, cooking, languages, music, games, technology, writing, and more; fees charged for some programs; others free. • Volunteer Opportunities, active and varied program.

Staying Put
in New Canaan

Staying Put in New Canaan, Inc., is a membership-based, volunteer-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to helping seniors live safely in their homes and actively engaged in the community as they age. With the help of dozens of volunteers, Staying Put provides the following for its members: friendly calls or visits; handyman assistance; health consultations; help with errands; referrals to vetted vendors; transportation to medical appointments and social events; tech support. Staying Put is open to seniors 65+ residing in New Canaan. Annual membership dues are $400 for individuals and $525 for households. Scholarships are available for those with financial limitations. 

PO Box 484 • 58 Pine St.
New Canaan, CT 06840
Website: www.stayingputnc.org

Executive Director
Barbara Achenbaum • 203-966-7762 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Supportive Services For Families and Caregivers

Department of Human Services can make referrals to number of respite programs and other such services at Waveny Care Center and other agencies, organizations and institutions in New Canaan area.

Transportation Services

New Canaan’s only public
transportation. 

Door-to-Door rides for New Canaan residents, seniors & others unable to drive to destination within New Canaan, Seven Vans, some built to carry wheelchair bound passengers. Service is available Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 203-972-7433.

Tax Relief Programs

Applications for Renters/Homeowners tax rebates available at Assessor’s Office. Department of Human Services can provide help with filling out application.

237 Elm St., 2nd. Fl. New Canaan, CT 06840 • 203-594-3005
Fax: 203-594-3130
Assessor • Sebastian Caldarella
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Probate Court

Judge • William P. Osterndorf 

Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Rd, Darien, CT 06820
203-656-7342

New Canaan is under the jurisdiction of the same Probate Court as Darien. 

A Directory of Helpful Information for Seniors, Family Members and Professionals

Comprehensive up-to-date information on senior housing, home care, health and professional services in Fairfield and New Haven Counties.