37 Pleasant Street | New London, NH | 603.526.6368


37 Pleasant Street, New London, NH 03257

Phone: 603-526-6368

Hours: 9:00am - 3:00pm Monday through Thursday



COA'S COVID POLICY UPDATE

August 2021

Kearsarge Area Council on Aging (COA) has been re-opened since July 6, 2020, allowing our members and the community to access our programming and services. Both our staff and patrons have graciously adapted to the necessary changes to allow our building to be open in a safe manner. The safety of our staff and our members is our first- priority. We serve the most vulnerable population, and we remain diligent in our efforts. Thank you for your continued support, patience and understanding. We will update any changes to our policies on our website.

WHILE WE UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE A CHOICE, WE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE VISITORS AND MEMBERS WEARING A MASK WHILE IN THE BUILDING.


Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests!

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.

Please visit COVIDtests.com to order your tests.


If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are having difficulty finding an at-home test, the Chapin Senior Center has free QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 tests available for members. Please call 603-526-6368 for more information.


The Chapin Senior Center would like to thank the following businesses who generously sponsorded our 2nd Annual Wreath Sale!

Clayton A. Miller, Inc.


We thank the Mascoma Bank Foundation for its generous support of the Chapin Senior Center!


Looking to get out on the slopes, but don't want to ski alone?

A local resident would like to gather a group of downhill skiers who are interested in fun, leisurely days of skiing at New Hamphsire's area mountains. If interested, please call Karen Lester at 603-526-6368.

Please note this is not a COA activity.

AARP Foundation Tax Aide Volunteers will be providing free 2021 tax return assistance!

You do not need to be an AARP member or 50 and above to use this service.

Requests for appointments will begin on Monday, January 17, 2022 by calling 1-802-359-7480 and leaving a voice message. Your appointment (or document drop-off) will be scheduled for Thursday or Friday between February 3rd and April 14th.

After your appointment is scheduled and before your arrival you must complete IRS Intake Form 13614-C and bring it with you to your appointment. (Copies available at COA or by calling 1-802-359-7480.)

Appointments will take place at Whipple Hall, 25 Seamans Road, New London, NH.

Be sure to bring all 2021 tax documents including your 2020 tax return(s).

Masks must be worn at all times.

Please note the February 17th luncheon has been canceled.

All senior bikers are invited to join in one of the following road biking groups which are now affiliated with Granite State Wheelers (GSW).

Wednesdays: The Upper Valley Slow Spokes.

Thursdays: N89ers

The Slow Spokes usually ride at a somewhat slower pace and for a shorter distance than the N89ers.

Riders are encouraged to join Granite State Wheelers (GSW), a state-wide group that provides many benefits including insurance on club rides, newsletters, discounts at sponsor shops, bicycle maintenance clinics, full access to GSW ride schedule, and more.

Details can be found at www.gswheelers.org. The Slow Spokes and N89ers list their weekly rides on the Meetup app (www.meetup.com) under the GSW club link (www.meetup.com/granite-state-wheelmen-bicycling/).


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 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, 8am to 3pm Monday through Thursday, closed on Fridays, 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 a variety of 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 dedicated individuals and a membership of over 2,800 people. Volunteers contribute more than 5,395 hours of service in 2020. .

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.