44 S. Ferry Road
Shelter Island, NY 11964

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 3:00pm

Karin Bennett

Laurie Fanelli


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1. Shelter Island Office for Senior Services

Our senior center serves as a focal point for social, recreational and educational programs for Shelter Island residents 60 years of age and older. We are located on Route 114 S. Ferry Road on the lower level of the Medical Center. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm. We provide information about available resources to senior citizen, family members and caregivers. We provide a community gathering place that offers programs to help maximize independence and quality of life. We offer assistance with the following.
a. Planning for long term care or retirement concerns
b. Hospice referral and co-ordination
c. Counseling on Medicare, Medicaid, and Supplementary Health Insurance
d. AARP 55 Alive Driver Safety Classes
e. Medical equipment borrowing program



senior programs

Silver Circle
The Silver Circle is a weekly social group for older adults, meeting every Wednesday from 10:00am-2:00pm. There is pick-up and drop-off transportation available. The morning starts with greetings, news, and a light snack. Activities throughout the games, Bingo, yoga and exercise, music and crafts and celebrations of all kinds. There are fun and educational as well. Membership can begin at age 60. The cost is $10.00 per meeting. The Silver Circle meets at the S.I. Senior Activity Center. Call Laurie Fanelli at 631-749-1059 for more information.

Telephone Reassurance Program
Daily phone calls are made to older adults who might live alone, be sick or homebound, or who might just benefit from a friendly conversation each day. This program currently runs every Monday through Saturday. Please call Laurie Fanelli at 749-1059 for information.

*Senior Nutrition Program/Dinner Bell
This program serves up hot, nutritious meals and a fun social time for participants age 60 and older. We meet every Monday and Friday, 12:15pm at the Fellowship Hall in the S.I. Presbyterian Church. A voluntary contribution is $4.00 per meal. Sign-up is made in advance at a luncheon or by calling Karin Bennett at 749-0291 ext. 2104 or 749-0805 ext. 3. 

*Home Delivered Meals Program
This is a program available to frail, disabled and homebound residents age 60 and older. Delivery of a hot, nutritionally balanced meal helps maintain health and well being, as well as social contact, which offers vital support to the individual. The voluntary contribution is $4.00 per meal. for information please call Karin Bennett at 749-0291 EX. 2104 or 749-0805 ex. 3.

* Residential Repair Program
Do you need a light bulb changed or a screen repaired? This program provides assistance to residents age 60 and over, with minor household repairs that do not require a licensed contractor. This program is for non-emergency tasks. There is no fee for the labor but the client is responsible for materials and supplies. No tipping is allowed. Voluntary contributions to the program are accepted and are used to expand the program. For information or to schedule work call Karin Bennett or Barbara Bloom at 749-0291, Monday - Friday 9:00 - 4:00pm.

*Case Management
This county sponsored program includes benefit and entitlement counseling, application assistance (Medicare, Medicaid, EPIC prescription program, HEAP-Home Energy Assistance Program, and other services. A senior advocate from the Suffolk County Office for the Aging is available by appointment. Please call Frank Masterson at 631-852-1420 for information and an appointment.

*Senior Transportation /AAA Transportation Programs
A program that provides free transportation to adult's age 60 and older for medical appointments, food shopping, pharmacy needs, and other errands. (Medical appointments take priority) Rides are available for on island and off island needs and must be arranged in advance by calling the Shelter Island Senior Services Office. Call  631-749-1059 between 10:00am and 3:00pm

**Handicapped Ramp Loan Program
This is a program that loans out a portable handicapped ramp to people in need of temporary handicapped access to their home. The loan period is for 90 days. The ramp will be installed and removed free of charge by the Residential Repair Program mechanic. A contract and application for the loan of the ramp must be signed prior to installation. For more information call Karin Bennett at 631-749-0291 ext. 2104.  

* Funding for this program is partially provided by NYSOFA, Suffolk County Office for the Aging and the Town of Shelter Island.

**Funding is partially provided by the Community Development Block Grand Funds.