Resources for Seniors

The Chelmsford Library is happy to cater to the needs of our senior patrons. Please contact us at 978-256-5521 if you have any specific concerns or questions.

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Items in the Library Collection

    • Fiction, mystery, westerns, romance
    • Large print books
    • Non-fiction and hobbies: knitting, gardening, travel, history, investing, genealogy
    • Picture books and books for homework
    • Jigsaw puzzles to make at home
    • Museum passes for both adult and children’s museums
    • Newspapers and magazines, including Consumer Reports (also available online)
    • Check out movies, television shows on DVD, audiobooks and music on CD, video games
    • Download or stream ebooks, movies, audiobooks, television shows, movies, magazines

Online Tutorials

    • These resource tutorials will provide guidance on how to use the library’s online resources, including your library account and our research databases:

    • These technology tutorials will help you learn more about computers and technology, from basics to more specific or advanced topics:

Programs – Check the Events Calendar

  • Lectures on current events and topics in the news
  • Self-enrichment programs
  • Storytimes and children’s programs for grandkids
  • Book groups and upcoming book showcase
  • Art exhibits every month
  • Tax assistance with certified volunteers from the AARP

Services Offered by the Library

Additional Library Resources

  • Copier, color printing, scanner, fax machine
  • Computers for internet access and typing
  • Large print computer with high-visibility keyboard
  • Optelec magnifier for printed material, and magnifying glasses at service desks
  • Community jigsaw puzzle
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Quiet spaces with comfortable seating and good lighting, indoors and outside
  • Main library in the Center and the MacKay Branch in North Chelmsford

Additional Online Resources

General Resources:

  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) – AARP’s mission is to empower people to choose how they live as they age. Offers information on insurance, housing, benefits, travel and more.
  • Chelmsford Senior Center/Council on Aging – The Chelmsford Senior Center is located at 75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford and is open to senior citizens, 60 years and over, from Chelmsford and area communities. For more information on their programs and services, call (978) 251-0533. The Chelmsford Coucil on Aging also puts out this free Resource Guide!
  • Chelmsford Veterans Agent – The Chelmsford Veterans Services office administers a state/town public assistances program under Chapter 115. We provide short term, temporary, and financial assistance to eligible veterans and their families. We assist eligible veterans using a monthly grant and some medical coverage. Their website also includes links to other important services for veterans.
  • Common Sense Media – Reviews of apps, movies and games for children
  • ESL Resources for Chelmsford Patrons – courses or other information for learning English as a speaker of another language
  • Executive Office of Elder Affairs – (phone: 800-243-4636) Promotes independence, empowerment, and well-being of older people, individuals with disabilities, and their families. Helps with: prescription drugs, care giving, community resources, local programs, home care, housing and assisted living, and referrals.
  • Purple Table Restaurant Reservations – Families will know that when they make a Purple Table reservation at a participating restaurant, the restaurant and staff will go above and beyond to make your dining out experience enjoyable and successful.
  • Social Security Administration – The official government website for social security. Topics include information on benefits, legislation, and required documents.

Health and Wellness Resources:

  • Aging In Place – Aging In Place connects seniors, families, and caretakers with the information and professional support they need to make the best decision for their physical, emotional, and financial well being.
  • Chelmsford Board of Health’s Facebook Page – Follow the BoH on Facebook and learn about upcoming events
  • Choosing Wisely– Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation that seeks to advance a national dialogue on avoiding unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures.
  • Elder Abuse Hotline: 800-922-2275 – 24/7, report physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, caretaker neglect, financial exploitation, and self neglect of persons 60 years or older. Online or by phone. To report abuse of a person by nursing home or hospital, call the Department of Public Health at (800) 462-5540. Call 911 or local police if you have an emergency or life-threatening situation.
  • Medicare – The official US government site for the Medicare program. Manage and learn about your coverage and options online.
  • UCLA Health Guided Meditations – For a free introduction to mindfulness meditation that you can practice on your own, stream or download the guided meditations recorded by UCLA MARC’s Director of Mindfulness Education, Diana Winston.

Housing Assistance:

  • Chelmsford Housing Authority – The Chelmsford Housing Authority is dedicated to meeting the needs of the elderly, disabled, and families in need of affordable housing. Supportive services tailored to the needs of each group are considered of the utmost importance.
  • Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders (H.O.M.E.) – (phone: 1-800-583-5337) Provides comprehensive in-home counseling to low/moderate income elder homeowners on financial home ownership issues to enable successful aging-in-place. Services include: remainder of life planning, budgeting, income maximization, equity conservation, foreclosure prevention, consumer protection, and creative financial options crafted specially for seniors.
  • Massachusetts Certified Assisted Living Residences – List of certified assisted-living facilities in MA, from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs
  • MASeniorCare.org – Information on senior care resources in Massachusetts, including a facility finder.

Legal Assistance:

  • Attorney General’s Elder Hotline (1-888-243-5337); TTY: (617)727-4765 – The Elder Hotline is available to callers Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The hotline, which is staffed by senior volunteers, provides dispute resolution services and is a comprehensive resource for information and referral on a full range of concerns. Common concerns include: Debt and debt collection practices, Health insurance, Home improvement, Landlord/tenant issues, Long-term care insurance, Scam awareness, and Telemarketing.
  • MA FreeLegalAnswers.org – Anyone who qualifies for this service can ask volunteer attorneys a specific question about your civil legal issue
  • Mass Senior Legal Helpline – (phone: 800-342-5297) The helpline is for people 60 years or older in need of legal help. They provide free legal help and referral services. The helpline is available Mon-Fri from 9AM-12PM.

Research and Learning Resources:

  • Genealogy Resources – Chelmsford Public Library’s subject guide and resource list for genealogical research.
  • Goodwill Community Foundation Learn Free – Self-paced tutorials for learning everyday life skills, Basic Math, Computers, Mobile Apps, Reading, and much more
  • News & Media Evaluation – Chelmsford Public Library’s guide to evaluating bias and false reporting, including fake news, so that you can make informed decisions.
  • TechBoomers – Free articles that teach people how to use technology to make their lives easier (and more fun!)