Grafton County Senior Citizens Council

Lebanon, New Hampshire
Woman serving food in a retirement community

Grafton County Senior Citizens Council has served older adults and adults with disabilities for 45 years.

Caring for the elder population

Established in 1972, Grafton County Senior Citizens Council (GCSCC) provides a range of life-sustaining and life-enhancing services for approximately 8,500 clients per year. The council is supported by many public and private partners, and now includes senior centers and programs throughout a large region of New Hampshire. 

In partnership with Belknap-Merrimack Community Action Project, GCSCC operates senior nutrition programs that serve a continuum of needs with a focus on improving access to food for older adults and alleviating isolation and improving socialization. Both organizations operate their own kitchens to produce nutritious meals for daily delivery through Meals on Wheels and for community dining at senior services locations. Older adults who live independently in the community come to those locations for the meal and other services, including health clinics, evidence-based preventative programs and enrichment activities.

Social connectivity is an important component of the service. Seniors in need may qualify for home-delivered meals, one-or-more meals daily, five-to-seven days per week, as well as a quick wellness check. The council provides more than 2,500 health and safety follow ups per year.  

Elderly folks enjoying a meal together in their retirement community