About Council on Aging
The Dighton Council on Aging (DCOA) has been in existence since 1973 when it was authorized at the Annual Town Meeting. We are very proud to report that on March 12, 2015, the Dighton Council on Aging celebrated 42 years of dedicated service to the elderly population of the Town of Dighton! Our funds are appropriated through our Annual Town Meeting.
Prime Time, our Supportive Day Program for elders, was established on December 5, 1994 and initially operated from the lower level of the Dighton Town Hall. On November 26, 2001, Prime Time re-opened at it’s new location, to the rear of the Dighton Town Hall. Prime Time utilizes no town funds to operate, is self-supporting and funded solely by special grants and trust awards, donations and privately paying individuals. We are very proud of the genuine distinguished service we bring to our community, and the communities around us, with our Prime Time Program.
The Dighton Council on Aging office, located at 300 Lincoln Avenue, N. Dighton, MA in the Lincoln Village Community Center, is open five days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and can be reached at (508) 823-0095. Prime Time, our Adult Supportive day Program facility, is located at 1059 Somerset Avenue, Dighton, MA, in the rear of the Dighton Town Hall, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Prime Time can be reached by calling (508) 669-6272 or visit us at "Prime Time" an Adult Supportive Day Program. Feel free to call either office if we can possibly be of service to you.
Both, the Council on Aging and Prime Time, are governed by the Council on Aging Board, which is made up of five members appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Meetings are generally held on the first Thursday of each month, with the exception of February, July and August, and are held according to the Open Meeting Law. All are welcome to attend.
We are proud to announce that Prime Time is operating on it’s 21st. year. Supervision is offered five days a week. Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. At Prime Time we promote openness, sharing, laughter and understanding, all in a homelike setting. Prime Time offers elders the opportunity to socialize, enjoy breakfast, a hot, nutritious lunch and afternoon snack along with their peers. Various activities are offered throughout the day. Our goal is to foster personal enrichment and to promote the highest level of social functioning in a safe, caring and nurturing environment. Our staff is devoted, caring and creative and benefit greatly from receiving as much love as they give.
Presently there are thirty-three clients enrolled in our Prime Time Program. Most clients attend five days a week, while others attend one, two or more days, depending on their individual circumstances. Prime Time has been a vehicle which offers seniors a way of maintaining their dignity and independence while still remaining in their homes and community, and offers their caregivers a chance for some much needed respite.
We truly appreciate the invaluable service of our wonderfully caring staff and the many, many volunteers who play such a vital role in the success of our programs. We couldn’t have done it without them! These generous individuals unselfishly volunteered 19,957 hours last year for which we are forever grateful.
Our Wellness Program is offered at Lincoln Village to the seniors in our community on a monthly basis and is incorporated into blood pressure screenings. The purpose of our Wellness Program is to inform our elderly of various ways to avoid contracting certain diseases or conditions. We also inform them how to cope with existing problems and increase awareness on ways to avoid certain health conditions. We conduct seminars, present educational videos and provide guest speakers to educate our elders in areas of support and prevention. We also have available two health care professionals who volunteer their services by monitoring client’s conditions and providing follow-up visits when needed. This Wellness Program has also been the catalyst in initiating this activity into our Adult Day Program. We present the same information offered at these Wellness Clinics to our Adult Day Program participants.
The Dighton Council on Aging continues to work diligently to meet the needs of those over sixty years of age. We could not do this without the help of our elected officials, other town departments and also the citizens of our town who are always there to support us.
Council on Aging Members
Alice E. Souza, Executive Director
Thomas Ferry, Chairman
Dr. James Hoye