Council On Aging


The mission of the Ayer Council on Aging is to enhance the quality of life for the Ayer seniors. To accomplish this, ongoing activities, services, educational programs, and outreach are offered at our Community Senior Center . All seniors in Ayer community are welcome.


Lunch is served at the Council 5 days a week at 12:00 p.m. Please call 978-772-8260 at least 24 hours in advance to order a meal.  The lunch menu is located in our monthly newsletter, but is subject to change.  We ask for a $3.00 donation. We are now serving home cooked meals the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month!  Please call Louisa at 978-772-8260 a week in advance for a reservation. The cost is still only $3.00.


  • We have a FREE exercise class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday's from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. No sign up required for class, and everything is provided here.
  • On Tuesday's from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. we offer adult coloring which includes everything you will need. Also if you would like to do your own knitting, needlepoint etc...
  • We have BINGO here for all on Friday's from 12:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Shine Counselor:

A Shine Counselor is available by appointment to go over questions and concerns about Medicare and Medicaid. Please call 978-772-8260 to make an appointment.  Do Not Wait Until It’s Too Late! Trained SHINE volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and Medicare-related health insurance programs.  To schedule a SHINE appointment, call your local Senior Center.  For other SHINE related matters, call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3.  Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number.  A volunteer will call you back as soon as possible.

Important Notice About Medicare:

Do Not Ignore Medicare Mail!   It’s that time of year again!  If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO), you should expect information from your plan by the end of September.  This information is important because it explains changes in your plan for 2017.  During Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15 - December 7), you will have a chance to CHANGE your plan for next year.  SHINE Counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as other options you may have.  Call early to get a SHINE appointment during Open Enrollment!


Staff Contacts

Name Title
Karin Dynice-Swanfeldt Executive Director
Louisa Ratcliffe Nutrition Coordinator
Jean Taylor Outreach Coordinator
Michael Murphy Sr. MART Van Coordinator
Karen Collins Sr. MART Van Coordinator
Rita Pederson Housekeeping
Amanda Norton Exercise Coordinator

Center Volunteers


Sister Paula McCrea

Sally Balcom