37 Pleasant Street | New London, NH | 603.526.6368

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Greetings from Kelley, Karen and Sharon!

March 30th

We're happy to report we have spoken to many of you via phone and email. You all seem to be doing well under such difficult times. Friendships made here at COA are extending beyond our walls. We have have heard of on-line bridge and poker games, along with friends and neighbors reaching out to one another. We've added additional information and resources below. This week Gov. Sununu issued a stay-at-home order that will last through May 4th. It is recommended that residents only leave their homes for essential purposes such as grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions. Remember social distancing and hand washing are essestional should you have to leave your home. Most stores have social distancing indicators on the floor at the check to help us remember to be safe.

Take a look at the ORFS page on this website for pictures of some fun outdoor activities!

Please remember we're thinking of you! Be well!

March 23th

Today starts week two of unprecedented times for our country and certainly our COA community. We are committed to supporting each other. Today we will begin phone calls to combat social isolation - you might hear from us! We can't guarantee we can solve all your problems, but we're attempting to work with our community partners and resources in addressing your needs.

Please continue to visit this website as we will be adding new resources and information as it becomes available.

Stay safe and healthy!

"I parked at COA today and took a walk around the school grounds. I saw the equipment on the porch. That was a very thoughtful thing to do. Just another example of why we love you! " - kind words from a COA member

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THE CHAPIN SENIOR CENTER WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK. WE ARE DOING DUE DILIGENCE IN PROTECTING OUR MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF.

PLEASE CALL 211 FOR UPDATED COVID-19 INFORMATION OR VISIT THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AT www.cdc.gov.

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING AN EMERGENCY CALL 911.

PLEASE VISIT THIS WEBSITE REGULARLY FOR UPDATES.

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THERE WILL BE NO COA TRANSPORTATION SERVICES DURING THIS TIME. HOWEVER, THE TWO SERVICES LISTED BELOW MAY BE OF ASSISTANCE.

* UBER/JANE WARREN: 486-8778

* DON'S TRANSPORTATION: 526-2197

* Your town offices for possible volunteer services

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MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

All currently borrowed medical equipment return dates are extended until COA opens.

Please feel free to borrow medical equipment we have made available on the front porch of our building at 37 Pleasant Street, New London.

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DELIVERY SERVICES

Please call your local restaurants to inquire about delivery or take out service.

As of Wednesday, March 18th Meals on Wheels is continuing meal delivery.

The majority of local establishments are offering non-contact delivery or pick up services.

Colonial Pharmacy, Walgreens, and RiteAid offers drive-up prescription services.

Walmart in Claremont has an on-line ordering system and an outside pick up area.

Amazon provides home delivery.

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ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE

Eastman - over 30 of your neighbors are ready and willing to help, and Bill Matson would be happy to arrange whatever support you need as you follow the advice to self-quarantine. Please feel free to call Bill at 914-384-4236, and he will be happy to make the arrangements.

Please contact your local town offices.

Free non-perishable food is available at the Sutton Fire Department. The food trailer is open every day from 7:30am - 5:00pm. Anyone needing food is encourage to take what they need.

Sutton residents needing assistance with prescriptions or groceries can call the Sutton Police Department at 927-4422. Phone calls will be returned within 24 hours.

Market Basket is open 5:30am to 7:00am Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for seniors ages 60 and above.

Shaws is open 7:00am to 9:00am Tuesday and Thursday for seniors.

Price Chopper is open 6:00am to 7:00am everyday for seniors.

Hannaford is open 6:00am to 7:00am Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for people 60 and over.

United Way has community economic relief funding. They can help with housing, food or rent. They can be reached at 1-866-211-9966.

Town of New London - 526-4821 or TownAdmin@nl-nh.com

Town of Sunapee - Food pantry items can be picked up at the town welfare office at 23 Edgemont Road. If you need financial assistance call Laura Trow, Welfare Officer, at 369-9896 Monday through Friday during town office business hours.

Town of Wilmot - To make an appoint for a Food Pantry visit call 568-2607.

Loaves & Fishes - 526-4484

KLS Food Pantry - 526-6511 (Delivery is available)

KREM - 526-6511

ServiceLink - 228- 6625

Department of Health and Human Services - 271-9700

211 COVID-19 Update

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Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Closings

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Weather Closings

When the Kearsarge Regional School District has a 2-hour delay COA will open at 11:00am. When the school district closes for the day COA will also be closed. Information regarding closings and delays can be found on the school district's website and WMUR. Please note the school district may change a delay to a full-day closing. Be sure to regularly check the school's website or WMUR for updates. www.kearsarge.org/www.wmur.com

The Foot Care Clinic will be canceled if there is a delay or a full day closing.

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A very special thank you to Carroll Concrete and Spring Ledge Farm for sponsoring COA’s “Stay at Home’ Gala!

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Welcome!

This website is your portal to a wonderful world of wellness, community engagement, and information about healthy aging in our greater Kearsarge community.

On behalf of our board of trustees, hundreds of dedicated volunteers, and my staff colleagues, I welcome you to our COA website.

We are grateful and honored to serve our senior population in nine local communities and welcome your ideas about programming, activities, and services.

We are a community of like-minded neighbors who help each other live healthy and happy lives in our beautiful Lake Sunapee area. Our Chapin Senior Center is our hub for social interaction, volunteerism, lifelong learning and exploring, healthy aging, and a source for referrals to other organizations and agencies that best meet your needs.


We do this through our 50+ programs and activities, our transportation and mobility equipment services, and our many social and recreational events throughout the year, both solo and in partnership with other community organizations like the Lake Sunapee VNA, local town recreation departments and libraries, and our other partners and collaborators.

We are the main portal of information through which you can begin to seek help, guidance, and information about the second half of life in the Granite State!

We ARE NOT a social services agency in the classic definition of the word, as many important elder services are not directly provided by COA. Rather, we are happy to inform you on where to best find important services like Meals on Wheels and long-term care, as examples.

I invite you to drop into the Chapin Senior Center, speak with me or any of my volunteer or staff colleagues, and find out how to open up a world of healthy living in our beautiful part of New Hampshire.

In the meantime, please enjoy the wonderful resources offered here in our website. You can always email me at kelley@coachapincenter.org.

Be well,

Kelley Keith
Executive Director


About us:

Our Kearsarge Area Council on Aging: People Helping People

COA responds to as many unmet needs in our community as possible, understanding that we are not a traditional "agency"-style service organization, but rather an organization founded on the principle that social engagement is the centerpiece to living a healthy and happy life.

We do offer a couple basic human needs, such as transportation, health related services and education, and nutrition programs.

COA has grown to a full time senior center, meeting many varied and daily needs of area elders, emphasizing social enrichment and interaction.

The Center is open 12 months a year, 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday, closed on Federal Holidays and during Kearsarge Area School closings.

COA serves the residents in Andover, Danbury, Grantham, Newbury, New London, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton and Wilmot and was founded in 1992.

In addition to almost 50 seasonal programs, activities, and services offered at the Chapin Center, COA partners with area organizations to expand services and programs throughout our nine-town service area. We have a volunteer force of over 142 dedicated individuals and a membership of over 2,800 people. Volunteers contribute more than 4,700 hours of services annually. The transportation program's volunteer driver corps drove over 27,000 miles in 2018, providing rides from important health and wellness visits, to picking up the week's groceries.

COA keeps the community informed on topics of interest to seniors and upcoming events each month. Being a focal point in the senior community allows the COA to function not only as a social and educational hub, but also as an information ​and referral base.

COA is a charitable, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and operates in a good standing with the State of New Hampshire's Attorney General's Office.