The Commission on Elder Affairs was established by local city ordinance in June 1970 and was known as the Council on Aging. In July of 1978 the ordinance was amended, changing the Council's name to Commission on Elder Affairs. In 1985 the City Council voted to make the Commission an Executive Office of the City Manager, although it still serves as the Council on Aging for the City of Worcester. The ordinance was again amended in 1998 to include the Senior Center initiative.
The Commission serves and operates under the jurisdiction of the City Manager who appoints each of the fifteen members and designates the Chairperson. Each member is a resident of the city and serves an appointed term of three years, not to exceed two full terms.
The purpose of the Commission is to improve and enhance life quality for elder residents by striving to ensure that all elder residents are afforded the opportunity to live a lifestyle based on independence, and to mature with dignity and security. To accomplish this purpose, it is the function of the Commission to advocate, plan, develop, coordinate, operate, fund and evaluate services for the elder citizens of Worcester.