Jim Marpe, First Selectman
Westport Town Hall
110 Myrtle Ave. • Westport, CT 06880
203-341-1000 • Web site: www.westportct.gov
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Commission for Senior Services
Seeks to study and promote effective programs, services for elderly, particularly in areas of housing, health, transportation, recreation and employment.
Chair • Robert Fatherley
Municipal Agent for Seniors
Appointed by First Selectman, under state law, to represent interests of elderly. Assists seniors by providing information about and referral to community and other resources and by helping them to apply for benefits.
Kristen Witt • 203-341-1067
Department of Human Services
Helps residents “function optimally by developing programs and activities that address normal
developmental needs” and assists in obtaining social services. Town Hall, Room 200 • 203-341-1050
Director • Sarah Heath, MA, MS, LPC
Human Services Program Specialist • Susan Stefenson
Programs and services for eligible seniors include: Town relief programs. • Fuel assistance programs. • Tax, rent and sewer charges relief programs. • Protective services in cases of elder abuse. • Financial assistance programs. • Employment assistance programs. • Counseling, information and referral regarding Social Security, Medicare, Medigap, SSI, Medicaid • Counseling, information and referral regarding family relationships. • Assistance with alternative living arrangements. • Home maintenance assistance programs. • Home care services. • Day care services. • Transportation services. • Programs offering volunteer opportunities. • Perspective: A Newsletter for Westport’s Seniors.
Center for Senior Activities
Offers nutrition program and multifaceted recreational and educational programming.
21 Imperial Ave. • Westport, CT 06880
203-341-5099 • Fax: 203-341-1187
Search on Facebook by typing in “Westport Senior Center.”
Hours: Mon.-Wed. & Fri., 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.;
Thurs., 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Senior Center Director • Susan Pfister
Nurition Program Coordinator • Yoshi Mori
Programs and services—call for times and possible fees—include: Senior Cafe. Noon meal Mon.-Fri. Reservations required at least 24 hrs. in advance. Suggested donation: $5. • Arts/Crafts. • Classes/ Lectures/Discussions. • Music/Drama/Films • Exercise/Dance. • Culinary Arts Presentations • Games. • Blood pressure/glucose screenings and flu clinic.
Supportive Services for Families and Caregivers
Municipal Agent for Seniors and Department of Human Services have information on such services.
Information covers any programs or services useful to seniors in local and regional areas. Many services available on sliding-scale fee schedules.
Westport Weston Health District
Regional health department providing full-time professional public health services. Programs of immunization, counseling, testing, screening include ones targeting ailments that afflict seniors.
180 Bayberry Lane • Westport, CT 06880 • 203-227-9571
Director of Health • Mark A. R. Cooper, MPH, RS
Senior-oriented programs include: Pneumonia Vaccine Clinic. Once-in-a-lifetime vaccine for those 65 years and older. Fee covered by most Medicare plans.
• American Cancer Society, volunteer drivers take ambulatory patients anywhere in the area for cancer appointments. No cost but requires 72-hours’ notice.
1-800-227-2345 (Dial option 1.)
• Bonenfant’s Drive Your Auto Service, provides drivers to drive anywhere —but in the client’s car only and with a three-hour minimum at $34.50 per hour, which includes gratuity. Set rates to NYC airports; call for prices.
• Family & Children’s Agency—Home Care Plus, offers assisted transportation in wheelchair-accessible van for those at least 60 years of age to appointments, bank, post office and shopping. • 203-831-2900
• ITN Coastal CT, offers 24/7 transportation to anywhere within six towns serviced: Easton, Fairfield, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, Wilton. Annual membership fee and reasonable rates per mile or hour. • 203-858-2001
• Norwalk Transit District’s Door-to-Door Service for Westport Residents, offers door-to-door transportation services to New Cannan, Norwalk and Wilton for Westport residents 65 years or older or certified as disabled.
Mon.-Fri., 8 a. m.-5 p.m. • Application and tickets ($2.60 per ticket ot 10 for $23.40) available at Town Hall/Room 200 or Senior Center.
Tax Relief Programs
The Assessor’s Office administers State and Town programs for tax relief (credits, deferrals and exemptions)
for Seniors, Totally Disabled and Veterans.
Applications are taken at Town Hall by the Assessor’s Office (203-341-1070) and the Department of Human Services (203-341-1050) by appointment only.
Assessor • Paul Friia
Westport Public Library
Active community programming features noted authors, artists, musicians, performers. One of Library’s emphases is drawing users’ attention to informative Web sites, including those relating to senior concerns.
20 Jesup Rd. • Westport, CT 06880 • 203-291-4800
Fax: 203-227-3829 • Web site: www.westportlibrary.org
Director • Bill Harmer
Town Hall, Room 100 • 203-341-1100
Judge • Lisa K. Wexler
Call 911 for all emergencies.
All officers also certified as Emergency Medical Technicians or Medical Response Technicians and
function as First Responders to all emergency medical calls, with assistance of Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Services in ambulance crews.
50 Jesup Rd. • Westport, CT 06880
Non-emergencies: 203-341-6000 • Fax: 203-341-6092
Chief • Foti Koskinas
515 Post Road East • Westport, CT 06880
Non-emergencies: 203-341-5000 • Fax: 203-341-5009
Web site: www.westportfirefighters.com
Chief • Robert Yost
Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Services (WVEMS)
Not-for-profit organization whose volunteers work with Police Department to assist in providing emergency medical care to community. WVEMS staffs ambulance service 24 hours a day every day.
50 Jesup Rd. • Westport, CT 06880
Non-emergencies: 203-341-6081 • Fax: 203-454-6157
Web site: www.westportems.org
President • Yves Cantin
WVEMS promotes File of Life Program. Information about residents’ medical conditions and medications is placed in magnetic holder on refrigerator, with sticker for front door to notify responders in emergency. Card to carry also provided.
Other Important Phone Numbers
Animal Control • 203-341-5075
Public Works • 203-341-1120
Registrars of Voters • 203-341-1115
Tax Collector • 203-341-1060
Town Clerk • 203-341-1110
Westport’s Population by Age
(Source: Latest Decennial U.S. Census)
Total 60+ 5,802
Total population of Westport: 26,391
Percentage 60 years of
age or over: 21.9%
Land area: 20.0 sq. mi.