Council on Aging/Callahan Center
- Testing/symptoms: Testing is our best tool to identify those who have been exposed and slow the uptick in cases. Anyone experiencing even mild symptoms should get tested, as well as anyone who has had a close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Testing is encouraged regardless of vaccination status. https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing
- Masks: Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer issued an order effective Thursday, August 5, stating that all persons (including visitors and employees) over the age of five entering City of Framingham municipal buildings - including the Callahan Center - shall wear a clean face covering, such as a fabric face mask, scarf, or bandana, over their mouth and nose, and exercise social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines due to increasing COVID-19 cases. Additionally, if a person is unvaccinated, it is strongly recommended that he/she still wear a mask indoors in public spaces. Those who are vaccinated may also choose to continue wearing masks indoors. Note that masks are required in certain settings (rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail, and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities, and in other settings serving vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings). Masks are also recommended for unvaccinated individuals when they are indoors and unable to socially distance themselves. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-mask-requirements
- Vaccination: Getting fully vaccinated remains the single most effective protection against COVID-19. https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine
The Raymond J. Callahan Center, known as the Callahan Center is a multi-purpose center for people 55 and older, located at 535 Union Avenue in Framingham. This 25,000 square foot, fully accessible facility offers a wide range of exercise and recreational programs for little or no cost to participants. We welcome older adults from all backgrounds to learn about the services we offer, participate in our programs and make new friends.
Social Services staff are available to provide a broad range of support services, assistance with applying for benefits, and referrals for services that other organizations can provide. We have bilingual staff to assist people who speak Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese. We are supportive of LGBT older adults and their allies. Volunteer opportunities for people of all ages are available at the center and in the community. The Callahan Center is one of 120+ centers across the country that have been accredited by the National Councils on Aging/National Institutes of Senior Centers.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of the Council on Aging Department is to improve the healthy aging of a broader segment of the 55 and older population of Framingham by solidifying collaborations in the community to actively reach out to underserved groups by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and those with health conditions that otherwise limit their connection to the center.