SecondHand Clothing Shop: The Amherst Senior Center announces the opening of a shop offering used clothing for sale. The shop will be open each Friday from 9 a.m.-noon in the Large Activity Room of the Bangs Community Center. Donations of clean, gently used clothing will be accepted during shop hours. Proceeds will help support the programs and services of the Amherst Senior Center.
2019 Parking Stickers: This parking program is designed to make parking near the Senior Center more convenient for older people. The parking sticker is valid for parking in the Boltwood Garage parking lot, both surface and underground, and in the twelve spaces against the fence east of the Ann Whalen Apartments for four-hour periods on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The 2019 sticker will cost $25 for the full year. More information at the Senior Center.
Tax Work Off Plan: The town of Amherst participates in the Tax Work Off Plan which allows qualified Amherst seniors to perform community service in participating town departments in order to receive an abatement on their third quarter tax bill. Contact Maura Plante at 413-259-3213 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and an application packet.
Atty. Ed Smith Legal Clinic: Fri., Sept. 20 from 1-4 p.m., Atty. Smith offers free 15-minute private appointments at the Senior Center with ideas and answers regarding estate planning and/or elder law. Bring your questions and concerns regarding your own estate or that of a loved one. Call the Senior Center at 413-259-3060.
Senior Health Services Nurse Clinic: Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m., Thursdays 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Bangs Center.
Wellness Grants: The Senior Center doesn't want anyone to be left out of its fitness classes or clinics because of lack of funds. A $15 wellness grant is available to low income Amherst elders upon request. Speak to Karen or Nancy at the center to fill out a simple means test form. A maximum of two $15 grants are allowed per month ($150 yearly cap) and can be used for clinic appointments or fitness classes (the funds for this come from donations).
Convalescent Equipment and Supplies: The center has been collecting donated medical equipment for a number of years and loaning it to those in need of the items. The equipment includes commodes, walkers with wheels (and w/o), canes, crutches, raised toilet seats, disposable undergarments, washable under pads for the bed and other assorted items. Drop by weekdays between 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. to borrow what you need. Call the center at 413-259-3060 for further information.
Emergency Preparedness: If you are at risk and would need special help in an emergency, please contact Maura Plante at 413-259-3213 or Helen MacMellon at 413-259-3062 to be placed on our At-Risk list.
Senior Foot Care/Ear Irrigation: Fridays, 9:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m. with Sharon Beaulieu, RN. Call 413-259-3060 for an appointment. The fee for service is $28 for foot care and $25 for ear irrigation. Patients need to use Debrox Wax Softening drops at home two days prior to their appointment for hardened wax problems.
Beloved Foot Care with Oni: Each client is allotted 30 minutes for a cost of $30. Home visits are $50. Call for an appointment at 413-522-7219.
Foot Care with Piper: Monthly clinic, second Tuesday of the month, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Each client is allotted 30 minutes; $30 per session. Piper Sagan RN is a certified foot care nurse.
FootCare by Nurses: Foot and balance assessment and care of feet, Wednesdays through Sept. 11, by appointment. Our services are proven effective care for anyone with Diabetes, chronic illness, or who wants their feet and balance to work effectively appropriate. All attendees must be registered with the senior center. Initial assessment is $50 (typically 45 minutes, please bring med list and shoes worn daily). Follow-up and ongoing appointments are $35 (typically 30 minutes. More information at FootCarebyNurses.net or at 413-367-8369. No referral needed. Home visits available. References upon request.
Ear Wax Removal: Dr. Daniel Clapp provides this service on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 3-4:30 p.m. $10 donation to the Amherst Senior Center Wellness Grants Gift Account is encouraged. No Debrox drops are needed. Call or drop in the Center to schedule an appointment.
Hearing Care Service: Free evaluations, screening, counseling, ear canal inspection, hearing aid assessment, please call to schedule an appointment.
Hot Lunch: Served weekdays at the center at 11:45 a.m., reservations should be made no later than 10 a.m. the previous day, call Kathy Nelson, at 413-259-3164 to sign up, $3 suggested donation.
Wellness Rides Program: This program provides medical appointment transportation for Amherst seniors who are completely independent with mobility and decision making. Fee round trip: Amherst, $8; Hadley, $9; Northampton, Hatfield, $12; Easthampton, Florence, Leeds, Belchertown, $14; Holyoke, Deerfield, $16; Greenfield, $20; West Springfield, Springfield $30.
Free Online Tutoring: To make an appointment with a tutor please leave a message for Jack Wollensak by calling 413-259-3060.
Peapod by Stop and Shop: Do your grocery shopping without leaving your home. Stop and Shop has an online grocery shopping service that delivers your groceries to your home. It’s called Peapod, www.peapod.com or call 1-800-5-PEAPOD for further information.
Atkins Country Market: Monday through Saturday you can have groceries delivered from Atkins Market. Orders have to be placed a day ahead. There is a $25 minimum order requirement, a 10% assembly fee and $8 delivery fee. Call Atkins at 413-253-7022 to place your order.
Prescription Helping Hands: Do you have a difficult time picking up your prescriptions because of transportation problems? The center has volunteers who will pick up prescriptions and deliver them to your home. Call Helen at the center 413-259-3062 for more information.
SHINE: Mon., Sept. 23 from 1-4 p.m. Free confidential counseling and assistance regarding Medicare, health insurance, prescriptions, public benefits and more. Usually 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 1-4 p.m. Call 413-259-3060 to make an appointment.
Caregivers Lending Library: To borrow a book from our library stop in to visit one of our social workers, Maura or Helen.
Caregivers Massages: Talya Solomon is offering free massages to help relieve your stress. Contact Helen to schedule a massage at 413-259-3062 or email@example.com
Life After Loss Bereavement Support Group: This group is for anyone who has experienced a recent loss and is looking for a supportive place to discuss the challenges grief brings to our lives. In addition to monthly meetings, the group meets occasionally for dinner at a local restaurant. The group is facilitated by Michele Chmura LICSW and Larry Birkholtz, Senior Center Volunteer. Call Michele at 413-259-3038 for more information or to register. We also have books on grief and coping with loss in our resource library.
Caregivers Support Meetings: Thurs., Sept. 26 at 1:30 p.m. Welcome to Juana Trujillo who is joining the group as co-facilitator along with Helen MacMellon, LCSW. Juana is a recently retired social worker with personal experience as a caregiver. Emotional support, resource information and loaning library. For information contact Helen at 413-259-3062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LGBT Social Group: Rainbow Elders Luncheon Club, Thurs., Sept. 19 at noon, at the South County Senior center, 67 North Main St., South Deerfield. Voluntary donation $3 for seniors age 60 and over. Under 60 years old, you are welcome for a fee. Free transportation. Contact Helen MacMellon at 413-259-3062 or email@example.com, for more information or to register
Knife Sharpening with Jack: Fri., Sept. 20 from 9-11 a.m., knife sharpening with a Chef’s Choice electric knife sharpener. Sharpen kitchen, sports or hunting knives. Sharpening will take place on a first come, first serve basis. Donation of $2 per blade is requested.
TRAVEL CLUB: Call the Senior Travel Club at (413) 259-3060 for information, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Younger people and non-residents are welcome to participate.
March 27: Boston Symphony Concert. Leave 8 a.m. and return 6-6:30 p.m. Cost $130 includes motorcoach, ticket and gratuity. Thomas Ades, conductor.
Oct. 16-23: Bermuda with Norwegian Cruise Lines on the Norwegian Gem. 8 days/7 nights. Rates are per person double occupancy and include roundtrip private car transportation from your home to/from the cruise pier, cruise, port charges and government fees: inside cabin $2,009, outside cabin, $2,240, balcony cabin, $2,806. Passport required. Flyers available at the Senior Center.
Monday: Healthy bones and balance, 8:30-10 a.m.; mindfulness meditation, 9-10 a.m.; drawing workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Gavin SHS nursing clinic, 10 a.m.-noon, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; gentle fitness, 11-11:30 a.m.; lunch 11:45 a.m.; arthritis exercise, 12:30-2 p.m.; Mexican train dominoes, 12:30-3 p.m.; tai chi, 3-4 p.m.
Tuesday: Mindfulness meditation, 9-10 a.m.; function well exercise class, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; yoga, 8:30-10 a.m.; blood pressure clinic, 9-10 a.m.; tai chi for arthritis and fall prevention, 10 a.m.-noon; line dancing, 10:45-11:45 a.m.; massage, 11 a.m-4 p.m.; lunch, 11:45 a.m.; mah jongg, 1-4 p.m.; folk dancing, 1-2 p.m.; Scrabble, 1-3 p.m.;
Wednesday: Mindfulness meditation, 9-10 a.m.; Healthy bones and balance, 8:30-10 a.m.; Bread/Produce Program, 9:30 a.m.; morning yoga, 9:30-11 a.m.; zumba, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; gentle fitness, 11-11:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:45 a.m.; Bridge, noon-4 p.m.; arthritis exercise, 12:30-2 p.m.; my life my health, 1:30-3 p.m. (Sept. 25); new options, 2-4 p.m.
Thursday: Mindfulness meditation, 9-10 a.m.; function well exercise class, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; oldies but goodies movement, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:45 a.m.; memoir writing, 1-3:30 p.m.; caregivers, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Gavin SHS nursing clinic, 2:30-4 p.m.; healthy bones and balance, 2:30-4 p.m.; moving in rhythm, 3-4 p.m.
Friday: Mindfulness meditation, 8:25-9:25 a.m.; craft workshop, 9-11 a.m.; cribbage games, 9 a.m. - noon; foot care, ear irrigation, 9:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m.; ballroom dancing, 9:45-10:45 a.m.; gentle fitness, 11-11:30 p.m.; lunch, 11:45 a.m.; arthritis exercise, 12:30-2 p.m.; Mexican train dominoes, 12:30-3 p.m.; chess, 1-4 p.m.; soothing stretch, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
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Medicare Presentation Overview Open Enrollment for Medicare Plans will be upon us very soon, October 15th – December 7th, 2019 to be exact! This is when you can change or add a Medicare Advantage Plan (MAPs) or Prescription Drug Plan (PDPs). Appointments can be made during this period to have your medications reviewed to see if your current plan is still the best plan for you. If you need to change plans to cover medications, we can compare costs to seek the lowest co-pays possible at the pharmacy (or mail order). If you are turning 65 or possibly retiring over the next few months, then you will want to know what is needed to get your Medicare Part A & B. You may also want to learn what additional health plan options are available to you that will cover the 20% that Medicare does not. Those with Retiree Plans will need to contact their employer HR Dept for details on plan options. We will discuss how Medicare works and some of the changes that are planned for 2020. I will address some of the frequently asked questions from those who have Medicare as their health care provider. Please join me at the Belchertown Senior Center for an overview of ‘How Does Medicare Affect Me’? Two sessions available - Walk ins welcome September 18 @ 10:00 a.m. or registration required to attend September 24, @ 6:00 p.m. by calling Laurene 413-323-0420 x 505. *There will be forms available for you to provide medication lists (Rx/doses/times per day). This will enable us to complete medication searches prior to Open Enrollment to get a Jump Start on your appointment.
Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Checked: Second Wednesday of each month from 9:30-10 a.m., checked by our Public Health Nurse, Carrie.
Guided Meditation: Wednesdays at 1 p.m., with Lori Allen. The purpose is to achieve mental, emotional and physical healing, as well as stress release.
Reiki: Thursdays by appointment with Lori Allen, Reiki Master/Teacher. A Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being.
Chair and Table Massage: 2nd Wednesday & 4th Thursday of the month by appointment. Call Katy at ext. 501.
Tyme4spa, Time for You: Third Wednesday of the month with Diane Neill, MA Licensed Esthetician. Call Katy today at 413-323-0420 ext 501 for an appointment with Diane.
Walmart or Big Y Van Ride: Fri., Sept. 20, door to door service for only $3 round trip. Call Kim for info and to sign up; 413-323-0420 ext. 508.
Safe Entry Program: A program offered by Belchertown TRIAD in conjunction with the Police/Fire Dept. in which seniors have a lock box installed that holds their house key. The lock box will be installed on your home free of charge by a qualified volunteer. A minimum donation of $20 is required in order to help with costs. To receive a lock box, pick-up a contract and complete the Safe Entry Dorm Return to BCOA, c/o Katy Martin, Attn: TRIAD, 60 State St., Belchertown, MA 01007.
Belchertown Senior Citizens Center Association (BSCCA): 1st Tuesday of the month 12:30 p.m. This is a group that helps plan fundraising activities, including the yearly holiday bazaar. They also help financially with projects around the center that our town budget cannot handle. The art programs, special entertainment, evening craft projects and monthly movies are all sponsored by the associations.
Twenty Twenty Raffle tickets on sale now. Cash or checks made payable to B.S.C.C.A. See an Association member for tickets.
Take a Walk: Did you know there is a place you can walk inside? Join other seniors at Belchertown High School's indoor track from 9-10 a.m. on days the school is open. You simply need to go to the Belchertown Public Schools Central Office, 14 Maple St., to complete a CORI form and you're free to go at your convenience to walk. Looking for a buddy to show you the ropes? Call Katy to be connected with Lois who is more than happy to show you around and be a walking buddy.
Senior Center Meal Program: Lunch available on-site at 60 State St., Mon-Fri. The meal includes juice/coffee/tea or milk and dessert for a suggested donation of $2. Reservations are required, so please call the day before, 413-323-0420, ext, 508. Home delivered meals are also available. Supper meals consisting of soup and sandwich are also an option. Call the Nutrition Program to find out if you are eligible and for more information, 413-323-0420 ext. 507. The program is currently partially funded by a Federal Title IIIC Nutrition grant through WestMass ElderCare our local Aging Service Access Point, and funding from the Older Americans Act through the Massachusetts Office of Elder Affairs and the Administration for Community Living.
Round Table Cafe Seating and Donation Policy: Please be aware that as of the seating policy and suggested donation amounts have changed. Table reservations will no longer be accepted. As always, when calling Kim to reserve a daily meal or Katy for a special meal, you may make a reservation for yourself and one guest. Same applies when you come in to eat...you may choose your seat and save one seat for a guest. Any other open seats at the table are available for anyone else asking to sit there. The Nutrition Program and the dining room is open to ALL seniors. We welcome new people to join us. Please treat others as you would want to be treated. If you see someone new, please offer to help and "show them the ropes". We want this Center to be known as a welcoming place. The voluntary, confidential, suggested donation for daily and home delivered meals is $2.50 and $5.00 for the special meals. Every donation received is appreciated, goes directly to fund the Nutrition Program and is used by the kitchen exclusively. We are happy for your company and for you to enjoy a well-balanced and delicious meal. We are also grateful for your contributions and thank you for your understanding.
Monthly Cell Phone Class: Every third Thursday at 11 a.m. with volunteer Damion. Ask questions or get help with your Android or Apple smart phone. Learn how to text, send email and more.
Scrabble Anyone? Maybe an afternoon after lunch? Is morning better? Call Katy if interested and we’ll set up open Scrabble time.
Square Dancing: Will return, but only if we have at least 8 registered participants (more is ok) to offer the class. Please call Katy to express interest so we can ask our wonderful caller Gloria to return. If there are enough participants, this class will be offered on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., and will cost $3/class.
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s: Wed., Sept. 25 at 10 a.m., learn about ten common warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others. To register or for additional support please contact our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.
Veterans Social Group: Larry White, the Veteran’s Liaison for Hospice Life Care of Holyoke will facilitate this group, meeting the last Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. In addition to joining in conversation, he’ll show a wide variety of educational and entertaining documentaries.
New Exercise Classes: Two paid classes - Zumba Gold, Wednesdays at 8:45 a.m., and Active Aging Fitness, Mondays at 8:45 a.m. Call Katy if interested in attending. Fees for both classes are: participants age 60+ will pay $8 per class on a drop-in basis, or $5 per class if paying in advance for the month; participants not yet 60 will pay $10 per class. All participants are welcome to attend their first trial class for only $5. Before participating in any exercise class, always consult your doctor and be sure to fill out an Exercise Liability Waiver at the Senior Center.
Healthy Habits: In conjunction with our monthly meetings with Registered Dietitian Jen Belanger, Certified Personal Trainer Lisa Stahl, will be offering paid classes Mondays at 10 a.m., bi-weekly. Please call Katy for more information and to register in advance. Walk-ins will be welcomed.
Sept. 25: “Breakthrough”, based on the incredible true story of one mother’s unwavering devotion.
Senior Travel Club: Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m.-noon. Call Barb, Joan or Eileen at 413-323-0420 Ext 513. A lockbox is available for payments after hours.
Oct. 15: Winnipesaukee scenic ride with Harts Turkey Farm. Seats are filling up fast for this $93 trip. Deposits are now being accepted. Call Barb, Joan or Eileen at 413-323-0420 ext 513.
Dec. 5: Christmas Show with Frank Sinatra at Elmcrest Country Club. Cost is $80. Deposits being taken now. Call Barb, Joan or Eileen at 413-323-0420 ext 513.
Senior Center 20 Main Street, (Located in the 1st Congregational Church), 413-245-7253 We have changed the suggested donations for classes. Amount for 55 and up $2, under 55, $3.
Breakfast: Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Reservations must be made before 11 a.m. on the Monday before. $2 suggested donation.
Lunch: Tuesdays and Thursdays, reservations required by 11 a.m. on previous day, $2 suggested donation.
Bingo: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, snacks and beverages provided. $1 per card, .25 a game, coverall prize $20.
Redefined Yoga: Thursdays 10-11 a.m., work at your own pace and ability level, suitable for wheelchair /chair bound.
Strength Training Classes: Mondays and Thursdays 9-10 a.m., total body workout to upbeat music, uses hand weights and exercise bands.
Tai Chi - Qigong Classes: Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30-10:30 a.m., strengthens tendons, aids in fall prevention, balance and overall wellbeing.
Yoga: Wednesday, 8:45 a.m. Stretch and strengthen your body, relax your mind and unwind. Suitable for all levels of fitness.
Weather Delays & Cancellations: In case of bad weather, before heading out to Greenfield Senior Center please listen to WHAI, Bear Country, WIZZ radio, or watch for TV announcements.
Ask the Computer Geek: Bob is here Thursdays from 12:30-3:45, sign up at the front desk. Not here on the first Thursday of the month.
Legislative Office Hours: Representative Paul Mark holds drop-in hours on the 1st Friday of the month, 1-3 p.m.
Council on Aging News: Board meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. and are open to the public. For information about activities and trips call Activities Director Kathy Dunn, 413-772-1517, ext. 3.
Greenfield residents 60+, can contact the Front Desk at 413-772-1517 ext. 0 to make an appointment. The fee is $25 per visit. Foot care is supported by MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
Ask the Lawyer: Second Wednesday of the month from 9:30-11:30. Schedule a 30-minute appointment with Peggy Torello, Esq., free of charge for Greenfield seniors only.
Seniority Dance Company: Wednesdays, 5:30-7 p.m., Kathy Steinem choreographs and directs this group now starting their third season. Class consists of full body warm up, stretching, combinations of steps, across the floor and center work. Dancers of all ages rehearse and perform the Seniority repertoire throughout the community. Some dance or movement experience is expected. Free of charge. "Seniority" is supported by The Highland Street Foundation.
Hot Topics: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon, discuss the latest events, sharing friendly conversation with others. All you need to do is bring a hot topic of interest to you. Free of charge, no need to register.
Memory Cafe: Thurs., Oct. 10, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. A welcoming, supportive gathering place for people living with memory loss, their partners, and caregivers. Light lunch is provided. Guests who require personal care of assistance must have a care partner with them. Preregistration is required each month you wish to attend. Space is limited. Register at Front Desk or call 413-772-1517 ext. 0.
Lunch by Poet’s Seat Healthcare: Fri., Oct. 11 from 12-1 p.m., for age 60+ only. Registration opens Oct. 4. Call 413-772-1517 ext 0 or stop by our Front Desk to register.
Bereavement Support Group: Thurs., Sept. 19 from 10:30 a.m.-noon, Hospice of Franklin County will offer this spouse/partner support group. The 6-week group is specifically for seniors, 55+ who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. It is recommended that the death be a least 3 months before the start of a group. The group is facilitated by Marcia Schuhle. Free of charge. Register by calling Pamela Gobeille, Hospice of Franklin County, Bereavement Coordinator, at 413-774-2400 by Sept. 6.
Medicare Planning: Wed., Sept. 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Heather Hurd of Massachusetts Blue Cross Blue Shield will present “Planning for Medicare – Countdown to 65” This informational program is free and open to the public. Preregistration is strongly suggested; 413-772-1517 ext. 0.
Aging-In-Place: Health Care Options: Tues., Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., join us for a community conversation on health care options for older adults. Free of charge and open to the public (center membership not required). Registration requested.
Planning Ahead for After Death: Tues., Oct. 22, 1-2:30 p.m. We should know the importance of writing a will and naming a health care proxy. But fewer of us have given much thought to what we’d like done with our bodies. Do you have to be embalmed, put inside a fancy casket, and buried? Actually, the answer is no, no, no. Set aside your fears and learn your options. Registration required for this free program. Call or stop by to register.
Oct. 22: WAIT LIST ONLY “Legends in Concert” at Foxwoods. $98 per person. Join us for an exciting day trip to the world’s greatest live tribute show. Elvis, Michael Jackson, Lady GaGa, Sting, Freddie Mercury, Donna Summer. Enjoy the complimentary buffet before the show and a $15 slot play. Leave Greenfield Senior Center at 8:45 a.m. and return at approximately 6:15 p.m. Tour includes luxury coach, driver gratuity, show, lunch buffet and $15 slot play. Reserve with your payment before Sept. 17, or until full. No Refunds. Ask about accommodations before booking. Please Note: this trip involves walking, as events are in different areas of the casino.
MOVIE MATINEES: Mondays/Fridays at 1-3 p.m. Reserve your seat as space is limited to 8. Free of charge.
Food Tasting: Thurs., Oct. 3 from 9:30-11 a.m., enjoy a free tasting or grab some yummy recipes provided by The Food Bank of Western Mass.
Flu Clinic: Fri., Oct. 11 from 1-2:30 p.m., Rite-Aid will administer flu vaccines to seniors. Bring your Medicare B card (red, white and blue Medicare cared) or primary insurance card if not under Medicare. Free. Registration required. Call or stop by Front Desk.
Drum and Dance Workshop: Fri., Oct. 18 from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Tara Murphy leads creative drum and dance classes for seniors of all abilities. Drums and percussions provided. Group drumming boosts overall mood and spirits, among other health benefits. No experience needed. Free of charge. Registration required.
Sand Buckets for Seniors: Get a bucket of sand delivered by S.A.L.T./TRIAD. For Greenfield residents age 55+. Registration required. Free. Call or stop by Oct. 1. Buckets will be delivered to your home on Wed., Oct. 16, and will be picked up in April.
Pizza: Fri., Oct. 25 at noon. Choice of pepperoni, or cheese. 2 slices for $3. Register with payment at least 24 hours in advance.
Chair Massage with Wendy Mooney: Fri., Oct. 4 and 18, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Appointments are 15 minutes for $15, paid at time of service. Call 413-772-1517 ext. 0 or stop by our Front Desk to book your appointment.
Mah Jongg Class: Preregister for 8-week series beginning Mon., Sept. 9 from 1-3:30 p.m. $9 instructional card payable to group leader at the first class. Class is limited to 12 participants.
Silverthorne Theater: Fri., Oct. 11 from 1-2 p.m., Lucinda Kidder returns to discuss the play The Diary of Anne Frank. Deerfield Academy History teacher Bernard Baker will discuss the play and its implications for today’s world. This program is free of charge. Registration required. Call or stop by our Front Desk.
Homemade Sauerkraut: Mon., Sept. 23 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with Andrea Cohen-Kiener. We’ll study simple methods of using nature’s bacteria to make a jar of sauerkraut. New and experienced fermenters are welcome. If you have your own crock, feel free to bring it. All materials provided. $3 materials fee due at registration. Register at our Front Desk.
Aromatherapy: Tues., Sept. 24 from 1-2:15 p.m., with Lynne Nicole Smith. Learn ways of making natural products at home. In this workshop you will make the following natural skin mists to bring home: a cooling lavender skin mist, and an autumn cinnamon clove mist spray to fill your home with sweet smells. $8 materials fee due at registration. Register at our Front Desk before Sept. 18.
Bag Making Class: Wed., Sept. 25 and Oct. 9, from 9:30-11 a.m., learn how to sew re-usable shopping bags. All materials provided. Free. BYO sewing machine or use ours. Space is limited. Register at our Front Desk or call 413-772-1517 ext. 0. Bags will be collected to give away in advance of the coming plastic bag ban. This class continues monthly thru December.
Cooking for One: Tues., Oct. 1 from 1-2:30 p.m., with Emily Lawler, RDN, from UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program. Learn to choose the healthiest foods, cook delicious and nutritious meals, what “healthy portions” really look like and more. Stop at Front Desk or call to register.
Seniority Dance Concert: Wed., Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m., Senior Center dancers will showcase their work. Guest dancers from Monday’s Chair Dance class also performing. Concert is choreographed and directed by Kathy Steinem. Event is free of charge and opened to everyone. Registration required; stop by Front Desk or call to reserve your seat.
Halloween Party: Thurs., Oct. 31, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., enjoy games, contests, win prizes, and fun. Lunch is lasagna, garden salad and cupcakes. Tickets are $3 per person, due at registration. Purchase tickets at our Front Desk by Friday, Oct. 25 or until sold out. New this year, in addition to our costume contest, we’re having a mask decorating contest. We’ll give you a mask when you purchase your ticket. Registration and membership required. More information at our Front Desk. Co-sponsors for this event are CareOne of Northampton and Greenfield Senior Foundation.
Monday: Intermediate aerobics, 9:15-10 a.m.; chair dance, 10-10:45 a.m.; Zumba, 11-11:45 a.m.; diy fitness, 12:30-3 p.m.; bridge, 1-3:30 p.m.; writers’ group, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; movie matinee, 1-3 p.m.
Tuesday: Cardio express, 9:15-10 a.m.; stretch/tone, 10-10:45 a.m.; Shine, 9-11 a.m.; qi gong, 11 a.m.-noon ($35/7 weeks); diy fitness, 12:30-3 p.m.; cribbage, 1-3:30 p.m.; Ballet Barre, 2-2:45 p.m.; pool players, 1-4 p.m.; SHINE, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; tournament style bridge, 12:30-3:45 p.m.
Wednesday: Intermediate aerobics, 9:15-10 a.m.; seated yoga, 10-11 a.m. ($35/7 weeks); diy fitness, 12:30-3 p.m.; pool players, 1-4 p.m.; pitch, 1-3:30 p.m.; tai chi for arthritis, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., starts 9/11); crafty seniors, 1-3:30 p.m.; intro to dance, 3-4 p.m.; seniority dance company, 5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday: Cardio express, 9:15-10 a.m.; Bones & Balance, 10-10:45 a.m.; stretch/tone, 10-10:45 a.m. (does not meet on 1st Thurs.); yoga, 11:30-12:30 p.m. ($35/7 weeks, starts 9/12); memory cafe, 2nd Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; diy fitness, 12:30-3 p.m.; canasta, 1-3:30 p.m.; pool players, 1-4 p.m.; book chat, 2nd Thurs. 1-3:30 p.m.
Friday: Intermediate aerobics, 9:15-10 a.m.; fit & fabulous exercise, 10:30 a.m.; diy fitness, 12:30-3 p.m.; arts/crafts open studio, 1-3:45 p.m.; mah jongg, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; creative coloring, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; movie matinee, 1-3 p.m.
Flu Clinic/Mini Health Fair: Wed., Oct. 16 from 9-11 a.m. Flu Clinic by Walgreens includes Prevanar 13 and Pneumovax 23. Please bring a copy of your insurance card and wear loose fitting sleeves. BP Clinic by Town Nurse, Visionworks, Ascent Audiology & Hearing, The MedMinder, Radiance Home Healthcare in Chicopee, Aegis Therapy, and Senior Housing Options in Western MA by Oasis will participate in the Mini Health Fair as well.
Foot Care Clinic: Piper Sagan, our Foot Care RN, will be at the Center Mon., Oct. 21, 28. Cost is $30. Insurance is not accepted. Call 413-586-4023 to schedule an appointment. To schedule a home visit with Piper, call 413-522-8432. Home visits are $50.
“New” Chair Massage: Wednesdays with Michelle from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Please call to schedule your appointment. 15 minutes for $15.
PVTA: To schedule a trip call toll-free 866-277-7741. Van tickets are available for purchase at our office. A book of (20) one-way van tickets cost $57.00.
Senior Tax Credit Work Program is open to residents who own and reside in their home in Hadley, pay real estate taxes to the Town of Hadley, are up-to-date on their taxes, and meet the income guidelines. Participants must complete 41.66 hours of service in the program, which runs through Oct. 31, 2019. The program has five openings. Applications accepted through the end of November. Contact Suzanne Travisano at the COA office or call 413-586-4023.
Brown Bag Program: A bag of groceries for those 55+ that are income eligible. Pick up is the 3rd Thursday between 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call 413-586-4023 for more information.
Handyman: Available to help with smaller chores for seniors living in their own homes. We do reserve the right to assess whether the work you seek is outside the scope or jurisdiction of work we can offer.
Lock Box Program: Sponsored by Hadley TRIAD, now accepting names for high risk seniors to have a lock box installed so police and fire personnel have access to your home in the event of an emergency. Call 413-586-4023 for more information. TRIAD meetings are open to the public and are held March-June on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m.
SHINE: Now taking appointments for Medicare Open Enrollment only. Call 413-586-4023 to schedule an appointment.
Medicare Open Enrollment is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 New One-on-One Computer Tutorials: Steve is a new-to-us volunteer from RSVP that would like to offer free tutorials at our Community Center. If you’re interested, please call the office at 413-586-4023.
Computer Set Up: Janice is our volunteer making house calls on our behalf to help fix glitches or configure your system. Call us at 413-586-4023 to schedule a visit. Though there is no fee, donations to the COA are welcomed.
First Fridays With Friends: 1st Friday of the month, 2-3 p.m. Come down to the center, bring a friend and have coffee, cookies and conversation.
Movie Matinee Wednesdays: Aug. 21 at 12:15 p.m. If you’d like lunch before the movie, please call 2 days in advance.
Coffee with a Cop: Fri., Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. A great opportunity to stay connected to the Hadley Police Dept. Ask questions, meet our officers that work behind the scenes to keep Hadley safe. Open to the public, all welcome.
Treat Yourself to TYME4SPA: Sept. 19 and Oct. 17. Facials (60 min service @ $30), microdermabrasion treatments, masks, eye/lip treatments, hand/foot treatments etc., by appointment. Call 413-586-4023 to schedule an appointment.
After 2 Tea: Thurs., Sept. 19 at 2 p.m., come join us for a cup of tea and learn how homeopathy can be used for acute and chronic issues. Tea, sandwiches and sweets. Registration required. Tues. Sept. 24, poetry with Howie Faerstein; Wed., Oct. 30, photo journey with Sharon and Jane.
VV Men's Breakfast Club: Mon., Sept. 30, Oct. 28 at 9 a.m. Group is limited to 12, so early reservations are necessary. Suggested donation $3.
Really Big Raffle: Only 150 tickets will be sold ($25 each). There are 5 fabulous prizes. Tickets are available in the office or from any of the COA or Friends Board of Directors members.
Volunteer Luncheon by Invitation: Thurs., Oct. 3 at 11:30 a.m., at the Ginger Garden, Amherst. Invitations to follow.
Big E Bus Trip: Mon., Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. (rain date Thurs., Sept. 26). Space limited to 14, reserve your seat. Ride $8 plus by your own entry ticket at the Big E.
Exercise Equipment Room: For those 55 and older, signed consent must be on file, orientation is mandatory, recumbent bike, nu-step and treadmills available.
New Keep Moving Walking Club: Mondays at 9:30 a.m., our walking club is part of a statewide program called “Keep Moving”. The goal is to increase the amount of physical activity you get on a regular basis. Timed walks are anywhere from 1 mile to 3 miles depending on your pace. Weather permitting.
Moving to the Music: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:45 a.m., with Brenda & Lynne, Full Body workout designed for seniors, free.
“New” Line Dancing: 4 week session $20., Fridays Oct. 4-Oct. 25. No partner needed. Music from all genres to start your toes tapping. Come join Pat Barschenski for some fun and easy lessons.
Hair Cuts by Dolly: Call 413-566-8117 for an appointment. Dolly is also available to come to your home.
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS: Please call Wendy with questions or to sign up as a driver to take older adults to medical appointments.
Caregiver Support Group: For those caring for loved ones with dementia. The group will meet the second Monday of every month from 1-2 p.m.
Disabled American Veterans: Michelle Barrett, Chapter Service Officer of Chapter 68 in Springfield will be here on Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call for an appointment 413-566-5588.
Tax Work Off Program: Please stop in the senior center for an application, a list of available positions or for more information.
Farmshare Program: Sponsored by D&R Farm in Hampden. $10/week shares of fresh fruits and vegies. Application required. Cash, SNAP coupons, HIP accepted. Call Wendy for more information.
Free Technology Help Sessions: Thurs., Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 12, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Service Team will be here to help you with your technology questions. Bring your phone, iPad or tablet, or laptop computer. Call to sign up to attend one or all sessions.
Hampden Senior Center 20th Anniversary Gala: Sat., Nov. 9, at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse, 128 Wilbraham Road, Hampden. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Serving appetizers, Statler Chicken, dessert, cash bar. Cost is $34 pp, prepaid (reserved seating). Entertainment by Jeff Gavioli’s Bad News Jazz and Blues Orchestra. Contact the Hampden Senior Center at 413-566-5588. Please make checks payable to Town of Hampden.
SATURDAY NIGHT DINNERS: Cost is $25 prepaid per person. Place your reservation and purchase your tickets early; 413-566-5588. Appetizers, dinner with delicious sides, complimentary cocktail and dessert. Cash Bar. 50/50 Raffle. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The Bands will play for your listening and dancing pleasure from 6-9 p.m. Themed apparel suggested. These events sell out fast. Checks made out to Town of Hampden.
Sept. 21: Pretty in Pink with Decades Band. Beef stroganoff and noodles with sides. Proceeds from this event to benefit the Memory Café held at our center to support people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
Oct. 23: Rocky’s Aqua Restaurant, ocean-front dining. Hot lobster roll, broiled seafood combo, chicken francaise; Mohegan Sun, $15 meal voucher and $15 slot play. $80/pp.
Dec. 4: The Carriage House at Big E, brunch buffet, Christmas with Father Misgivings, a comedy about growing up Catholic. $80/pp. FULL PAYMENT DEADLINE NOV. 8
All trip prices include our driver's tip. $20 pp deposit due at sign-up unless otherwise stated. Coach seat assigned when deposit is received. Full payment deadlines are one month before the trip.
Feb. 18-20: Atlantic City Getaway. 2 nights stay at Caesars Resort Hotel, $50 slot, $50 meal bonuses, 3 fantastic shows, cancellation protection and more. $75/pp deposit required by Nov. 15, 2019. Full payment deadline Jan. 11, 2020. $247/pp dbl, $237/pp triple, $347/pp single.
Chair Massage: Join Vicki Finnegan on the third Friday of the month, 10 a.m., 15-minute massage for $10.
The Holland Community Center is looking for a new Kitchen Manager/Cook. Please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-245-3163.
Movie Night: $10 for a group, $5 for individual and $3 for seniors, popcorn and drinks included, feel free to bring blankets, pillows, camp chairs, sleeping bags or dinner.
Prescription Advantage: As a Prescription Advantage member you are entitled to a onetime Special Election Period each year that allows you to join or change your Medicare drug plan outside of Medicare’s open enrollment period. To Join Prescription Advantage or if you have any questions please call Prescription Advantage Customer Service at 1-800-243-4636 and press 2. TTY (toll free) for the deaf and hard of hearing at 1-877-610-0241.
Mondays: Stay Fit classes, 10 a.m., seniors $3, non-seniors $7 (8 weeks at a time $5 per class); mah jongg, 10 a.m.; open billiard and exercise, 6-9 p.m.; Texas Hold’em, 6 p.m.
Tuesdays: Open crafts and quilting club, 10 a.m.; dance fit with Alice, 6 p.m., seniors $3, non-seniors $5.
Wednesdays: Low impact work out, 10 a.m.; Barre Above class, 10:30 a.m., seniors $3, non-seniors $5; mah jongg, 1 p.m.; yoga, 5 p.m., seniors $3, non-seniors $7 (8 weeks at a time $5 per class).
Thursdays: Stained glass, 10 a.m.; tai chi, 10 a.m., cribbage, 12:15 p.m., Bingo, 6 p.m. (every other Thursday) three games on one sheet for $1; pitch, 6:30 p.m.
State Senator Lesser Office Hours: Talk with the Senator's district director, Joel McAuliffe, the second Thursday of each month, at 10:30 a.m.
Alice Boutique: Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The boutique accepts donations of gently used or new clothing and merchandise. Drop off donations at the front desk.
You Shop Amazon Gives: Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the center whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know, same products, prices and service.
Fitness Room: Mon. - Thurs., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri., 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $10 signup fee, completed doctors form and a onetime orientation on equipment and room standards.
Pedicure with Town Nurses: Tuesdays, by appointment, for Ludlow residents only. Pedicures are $15. Diabetics are required to provide a note from their doctors before a pedicure can be given. Call the Center for an appointment time.
Blood Pressure Checks: Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m., blood pressure checks are provided by volunteers. Please call the center to verify that a nurse is on site.
Drop-in with A Nurse: Thursdays 10-11:30 a.m. stop by the Wellness Clinic to have your blood pressure checked, File of Life filled out, or to ask the nurse a question.
Massage Therapy: Mondays with Meaghan, 15 minutes of massage for $10 or 30 minutes for $20. Call the center to schedule an appointment.
Hearing Clinic: Deb Stroetzel, MA, CCC-A, provides answers to questions you have regarding your hearing. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the center.
Facials: Diane Neill provides facials and additional skin care services. One-hour facials start at $30, call for an appointment. Always the fourth Wednesday of the month.
Free Paraffin Wax Hand Treatments: Check at Front Desk for dates. You must sign-up at the front desk.
TRIAD Meeting: Held the 4th Wed. of the month at 10 a.m., this group works toward making our community a safer place. Come in and find out how you can make a difference.
Brown Bag Program: The Program is usually scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1-3 p.m. Brown Bag helps those over the age of 55 who meet income guidelines. Applications are available at the Senior Center. Pick-up is the 3rd Tuesday of each month. $3 suggested donation. This program is offered through the Food Bank of MA.
Council on Aging Board Meeting: Cancelled for August. 3rd Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. Open to the public, unless there’s an executive session.
Men’s Breakfast Club: Fri. Aug. 30, at 8:30 a.m. in Wilbraham. Sites alternate between Ludlow and Wilbraham. Preregistration is appreciated but not necessary.
Veterans Agent Office Hours: Eric Segundo will be holding office hours at the center for all veteran's issues. Call for next scheduled date.
The Ludlow Lost Citizen Alert Program: The program was developed by the Ludlow Police Dept. and Ludlow COA and is designed to provide rapid response in locating cognitively impaired residents who have been reported missing. Stop by the Senior Center or Ludlow Police Dept. for a registration form. All information is kept confidential.
File of Life Forms: This vital tool provides emergency personnel with your health and insurance information. Everyone should have one on their fridge and in their purse or pocket. Forms are available at the center. Please stop by to pick one up. We can help fill it out as well.
Big Y/Randall's: Tuesdays and Thursdays. Departs 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. When you make your reservation include which stop you prefer.
Carfit: Call for an appointment. This is an educational program that offers the opportunity to see how well a personal vehicle fits you. The 12-point check list lasts 20 minutes and will cover ways to make you safer in your car.
Jewelry Class:. Come and create your own jewelry. The class is $3 plus the cost of your supplies. Please register at the front desk, as this class fills quickly. Call for class schedule.
Monday: Fitness room, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; knitting, 9 a.m.-noon; massage appointments, 9:30 a.m.; YMCA's Boomer Boot Camp ($3.50), 10-11 a.m.; dominoes, 10-11:00 a.m.; lunch, noon; billiards traveling league, 1 p.m..; pitch, 1 p.m.; movie, 1:15 p.m.
Tuesday: Fitness room, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; pedicures by appointment, 8:30 a.m.; ceramics, 830 a.m.; quilting, 9 a.m.; lunch, noon; men’s round robin billiards ($10/yr.), 12:30 p.m.; bingo, 1 p.m.; bridge, 1 p.m.; blood pressure 1 p.m.; yoga, 3 p.m.
Wednesday: Fitness room and open billiards, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; ceramics, 8:30-11:30 a.m.; YMCA Boomer Boot Camp, ($3.50) 10-11 a.m.; lunch, noon; pitch, 1 p.m.; line dancing, 1:15 p.m.
Thursday: Fitness room, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; open billiards, 8 a.m.; ceramics, 8:30-11:30 a.m.; women's billiards ($10/yr.), 10 a.m.; drop-in nurse, 10 a.m., yoga 10-11 a.m.; lunch, noon; donors 8-ball round robin billiards ($10/yr.), 12:30 p.m.; choral group, 1-2 p.m.; cribbage, 1 p.m.; classic movie, 1:15 p.m.; mahjong, 1 p.m.
Friday: Fitness room, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; open billiards, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; YMCA’s Boomer Boot Camp ($3.50), 10-11 a.m.; lunch, noon.; coloring club, 1 p.m.; cribbage 1 p.m.; chair volleyball, 1:15 p.m.; mahjong, 1 p.m.
Tuesday: Walking with Rosa, 9 a.m.; foot care, first Tuesday, by appointment; $28; Reiki, 2nd Tuesday, Reflexology, third Tuesday, 10 a.m., $10 for 15 minutes; birthday parties, 2nd Tuesday; canasta, 12:30 p.m.; tai chi, 1 p.m., $5; ceramics, 6 p.m., $3.
Wednesday: Chair exercise, 10 a.m.; Zumba, 3 p.m., $5; Barre Above, 4 p.m.; Craft & Laugh night, 6-8 p.m.; card making, 1st Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Thursday: Walking with Rosa, 9 a.m.; blood pressure and glucose clinic, 1st Thurs. at 10 a.m.; chair massage, every other Thursday, by appt., $5 for 10 minutes; lunch bunch, 2nd Thurs.; bingo, 3rd Thurs., 1 p.m.; wood carving, 6 p.m., $10 membership fee per year.
MONTAGUE Gill-Montague Senior Center 62 Fifth St., Turners Falls, 413-863-9357 or 413-863-4500. Hours/Website: Weekdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; MontagueMA.net
NORTHAMPTON Senior Services & Senior Center 67 Conz St., (413) 587-1228; fax 413-587-1233 Hours: Weekdays, 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.
Reiki: Mondays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $20-$30 per 30-minute session. By appointment only, payment due at time of sign up.
Good Neighbor Energy Fund: Emergency financial assistance for Northampton seniors age 60 and older. Call Michel Dihlmann at 413-587-1226.
Meditation Sessions: Certified meditation instructor and teacher in the Shambala tradition, Carl Nardiello continues meditation classes on Monday afternoons at 1:30 pm. No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to try something that can be extremely helpful in navigating our daily lives and can enable us to make the most of our energy and time. Meditation has many benefits for our mental and physical wellbeing. Classes are open to resident and non-resident seniors as well as those ages 55-59. A four-week session is $20 for Northampton residents and $25 for non-residents and 55-59. A drop-in option is also available.
Oct. 10: A Day in Vermont. Cost is $78. there is a discount if paid in full by Aug. 15. Visit and shop at some quaint places in Vermont. Luncheon included at West River Marina Restaurant. Enjoy the foliage by the river.
Monday: Dynamic Fitness DVD, 8:20 a.m.; low impact 1, 9:30 a.m.; creative writing, 10 a.m.; low impact 2, 10:30 a.m.; needle workshop, 1 p.m.; meditation and creating writing 2, 1:30 p.m.; coloring for adults, 2 p.m.; tai chi, 2:45 p.m.
Tuesday: Strength & stretch, 8:45 a.m.; cup of conversation, 9:30 a.m.; stretch & tone, 10 a.m.; caregiver support group, 10 a.m. (preregister).; walking group, 10 a.m.; duplicate bridge, noon; sewing workshop, 12:30 p.m. (preregister); Pitch, 1 p.m.; tea time, 2:45 p.m.; Healthy bones and balance, 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday: Dynamics Fitness DVD, 8:20 a.m.; low impact 1, 9:30 a.m.; low impact 2, 10:30 a.m.; beginner tap, 11:30 a.m.; cribbage, 12:30 p.m.; Scrabble, 1 p.m.; Timeless Tunes, 1 p.m.; zumba gold 1 p.m.; Feldenkrais, 2:45 p.m.; tai chi, 2:45 p.m.
Thursday: Strength & stretch, 8:45 a.m.; Stretch & Tone, 10 a.m.; walking group 10 a.m.; wisdom project, 10 a.m.; knitting drop-in, 10 a.m.; mixed level tap, 11:30 a.m.; contact bridge, noon; advanced beginner tap, 12:30 p.m.; mah jongg, 1 p.m.; bingo, 1:30 p.m.; intermediate tap, bingo, 1:30 p.m.; tai chi, 2:45 p.m.; pitch, 3 p.m.; Beginner Tai chi, 4 p.m.
Friday: Dynamic Fitness DVD, 8:20 a.m.; low impact 1, 9:30 a.m.; low impact 2, 10:30 a.m.; duplicate bridge, 12 p.m.; visit from Dewey the therapy dog; 12:30 p.m.; gentle chair yoga, 1 p.m.; Senior Gay Men’s Drop-in Group, 1 p.m.; yoga, 2:45 p.m.; tai chi, 2:45 p.m.
Weather Policy: If schools are closed due to weather, the center is closed and there is no van service or meal service. The staff reports to work and will be available by phone. If the Town Hall is closed, then the center will also be closed with no staff reporting.
Van Rides: Please remember to schedule out of town van appointments for earlier in the day; the van needs to be back at the center by 4 p.m. If you need to get to an important appointment call PVTA @ 1-866-277-7741.
Emergency Preparedness Kits: Thanks to the EOEA Formula Grant we have Red Cross Emergency Kits available. Learn about the contents, effective usage of supplies, kit maintenance and storage requirements from Ruth Amador, RN and you will receive a kit.
Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector?: Call the Senior Center and the Palmer Fire Dept. will come and install a free detector if you need one.
Blood Glucose & Blood Pressure: Donna Brown, RN, is here every Friday from 9-11 a.m. to check blood glucose levels and take blood pressures.
Foot Care: Call for date. By appointment only, starting at 8:30 a.m. Patricia O'Brien, RN, administers the clinic. Cost is $29. Diabetics must have permission slip signed by doctor. Home visits available to shut-ins.
Chair Massage: Thurs., Aug. 22 by appointment only, from 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Brenda Thibeault, LMT, will give you a ten-minute chair massage for only $5.
Table Massage: 3rd Friday of the month from 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m., with Brenda Thibault LMT. Call to register for 1/2-hour massage for $20. You will remain clothed during the massage.
Free Hearing Screenings: Call the center at 413-283-2670 for appointment dates with Deborah P. Stroetzel, MA CCC-A, Audiologist. Hearing Aid batteries are available at the senior center for only $2.50 for a package of four.
Joseph R. White Law Offices: Find answers to any of your legal questions. Please call the center for next date at 413-283-2670 and to reserve your 15 minute appointment.
Home Instead, Senior Care: Third Wednesday from 12:15-1:15 p.m., facilitated by Suzanne McElroy, MSW. A caregiver dementia support group. Next meeting Sept. 18.
State Sen. Todd Smola: Every other month on the second Monday of the month from 10-11 a.m. at the Center (unless Monday falls on a holiday). Call 617-772-2100 or email ToddSmola@MAhouse.gov, for appt.
State Sen. Ann Gobi’s Aide Lucas McDiarmid: Third Wednesday of the month from noon-1 p.m., to answer any questions that you may have. Please RSVP him directly by calling 508-641-3502 to set up an appointment.
S.H.I.N.E.: This program provides health insurance information and counseling to all Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers. People who have Medicare or who are about to become eligible for Medicare, can meet with a counselor to learn about benefits and options available. A counselor will review programs that help people with limited income to pay health care costs. Call the Center at 413-283-2670 to schedule an appointment.
Outreach Coordinator: Cindy Jasek is available Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and by appointment. She is a certified SHINE Representative and can answer many of your health questions, and access to other services or benefit programs.
Volunteer Drivers: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-e:30 p.m. Available to drive you to medical/doctor appointments, grocery shopping or the pharmacy; call to set up a ride.
Medical Advocate: This program provides a driver and a person to help you at the Dr.'s office. The advocate will accompany you into the Dr.'s office and be your ears and eyes. You will need to call and schedule the appointment with us and sign off that you give permission for this person to accompany you into the doctor’s office.
Van Service: Daily van is available Monday- Friday 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., no van 11:30 a.m.-noon, call to schedule.
Full payment due upon sign-up for day trips. Trip flyers available in our Friends flyer box by the senior center sign-in computer.
Swimming at the YMCA: Tues. & Thurs. from 1-3 p.m. for Palmer Senior Center attendees. Cost $3 payable at the YMCA.
Walking Group: Tues. and Thur., 9-10 a.m., led by walking champion Dave Ridz. Come walk and enjoy breakfast after.
Zumba: Friday at 9:30 a.m., $5 per class for a session of 5 classes or drop-in price of $7 per class payable to instructor.
SHELBURNE FALLS Senior Center 7 Maine St., Shelburne Falls, 01370 413-625-2502 Hours: Open Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Caregiver Support Group: 1st Monday, 2 p.m., for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia. Call Leanne for information, respite available.
Outreach Worker: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., social worker available for information, referrals, assistance with heating, food and housing support. Call for an appointment or walk in.
Home Repair Program: For Ashfield, Buckland and Shelburne seniors. Small home repairs done by volunteers. Homeowner pays for the materials. Call Leanne with project or if interested in volunteering.
Van Transportation for Residents of 9 West County Towns: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., medical, shopping and senior center activities. Call Bob for reservations.
Meals: Mon., Tues., and Thur. 11:30 a.m. Monday’s brown bag, no cost; Tuesdays provided by the Center $3 donation; Thursdays provided by Lifepath, $3 donation.
Oct. 22: Foxwoods Casino “Legends in Concert”. Impersonators of Elvis, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Sting, Freddie Mercury, Donna Summer with live orchestra support. $89 for Ashfield, Buckland, Shelburne members; $98 others. Includes: luxury coach, driver gratuity, concert, lunch buffet and $15 slot play. Preregister with total fee.
Senior Center 67 North Main St., South Deerfield, 01373-1012, 413-665-2141. Hours: Open Mon., Wed. and Fri., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Farmer’s Market Coupons: Available at South Deerfield Town Hall from 12:30-1:30 p.m., during the Brown Bag Program. The coupon booklets containing $25 worth of coupons are free of charge to income eligible seniors 60 years of age or older to use at a local Farmer’s Market. Any questions please call: Jane Severance, LifePath Nutrition Program Director at 413-773-5555 ext. 2271.
HEALTH INFORMATION Amherst Survival Center Free Health Clinic: Open Mondays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. and Thursdays 5-6 p.m., 138 Sunderland Road. Open to everyone. Phone 413-549-3968.
AEIOU Urgent Medical Care: Located at 170 University Drive, Amherst, (413) 461-3530 and 489 Bernardston Road, Greenfield, 413-773-1394.
Community Health Center: Offers medical and dental care to all ages, regardless of insurance status or income. Located in Turners Falls, Orange, and Greenfield. Call 413-325-8500.
Food Bank of Western Mass: There are area agencies that offer free hot meals and provide free groceries, call 1-800-247-9632 for info.
Franklin County Home Care: Offers assistance through Benefits Counseling Program and can help file applications for fuel assistance and find additional ways to save money, call 413-773-555 or email: email@example.com; fchcc.org.
Free Drug Collection: Safely dispose of unwanted medications at the police station in Deerfield and Sunderland, no questions asked.
LifePath Inc.: Offers assistance through the Benefits Counseling program for income eligible seniors age 60 and up. They can also help file applications for fuel assistance and find additional ways to save you money. Call 413-773-5555 or email info@LifePathMA.org.
SHINE: Serving Health Information Needs of Everyone counselor from LifePath is available for appointments in Greenfield. Please call 413-777-5555 or SCSC at 413-665-2141.
Town Nurse: Available at the Town Hall Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., for all Deerfield residents. No appointment needed.
TRIAD of Franklin County: Assisted programs for seniors, call 413-774-4726 or Sharon at 413-665-3017.
Visioning BEAR Singers: A Native American style drum group, welcomes new members. They hold drumming practice at the Center every Tues., at 3:30 p.m. All welcome. For more information or to sign up, call 413-961-9167.
Monday: Card games, 9 a.m.; exercise, 10 a.m.; water color painting, 1 p.m.; balance in motion, 3 p.m.
Tuesday: Seated yoga, 1:30 p.m., $8 walk-in or $36 for six weeks; Visioning BEAR Singers/Drum Group, 3:30 p.m.
Annual Senior Center Flu Clinic: Tues., Oct. 15 from 9-11 a.m., both regular and high dose formulas will be available. Please bring your Medicare and other insurance cards. Most forms of insurance are accepted. No insurance, a $20 fee for adult vaccine is requested. In addition to this flu clinic, doses will be available at the Deerfield Town Nurse office though the season and other flu clinics scheduled. Contact Lisa White, RN, Regional Public Health Nurse at 413-665-1400 ext 114, for more information.
Rainbow Elders Luncheon: Luncheon Club provides a hot meal to LGBTIQA people 60 years of age and older, their friends, and any supportive members of the public at large. Register for October luncheon by calling 413-773-5555 ext. 1242, or 978-544-2259 ext. 1242. A $3 donation is suggested for elders and those under 60 will be charged an $8 fee.
The Foot Doctor: Thurs., Sept. 26 at the Town Hall, by appointment only. Call 413-665-9508 to schedule an appointment.
Senior Express: Mon., Sept. 30 at 10:30 a.m. This is an opportunity to sit with our director and express your ideas or concerns regarding our center.
Veterans Resource Fair: Sat., Sept. 21 from 12-3 p.m. at the Bernardston Veterans Club, 16 Hartwell St., Bernardston. Come and get the latest information for veterans and their families.
Take and Eat: Holy Family Church, 29 Sugarloaf St., Deerfield. Hot meal served 3rd Saturday of every month. Meal can be delivered. Contact Jayne at 413-374-8020 for more information.
OctoberFest: Wed., Oct. 9 from 2-4 p.m. at the South Deerfield Polish Club. Music, food, games and giveaways. $2 per person. See Sue or Christina for tickets. Featuring The Happy Five Oompa Band.
Sept. 23: We will be showing “Going in Style” at 9:30 a.m., starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Cain and Alan Arkin. Free to all seniors. Popcorn provided.
Oct 9-10: Cape Cod Overnight Adventure. Trip includes 1 night’s accommodations, guided tour of Hyannis on day tow, admission on cranberry bog tour, visit to Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory, admission on the Cape Cod Railroad, Pairpoint Glass, stop at Cape Cod Canal Visitor’s Center, 1 boxed lunch aboard the train and 1 dinner. Reserve your seats by calling Maryann Sadoski at 413-665-2915.
Make checks payable to First Choice Tours. To reserve your seats, please call Sue Corey at South County Senior Center; 413-665-9508.
Self-Monitored Fitness Program: Recumbent stepper and treadmill available daily; $5/month or $50/year.
Monthly Birthday: 4th Tuesday of each month, 12:30 p.m., cake and birthday recognition will be given out, feel free to join us for lunch prior to the party, sign up for lunch and party no later than 2 days prior.
Outreach Coordinator: Thursdays by appointment, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., for fuel assistance and SNAP applications, etc.
Contact: townofware.com, click on “ departments, ” then “ council on aging”.
Monday: Tai chi, 9 a.m., $4; scat, 9 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.; book club, last Monday of the month, noon; poker, 1 p.m.; yoga, 1 p.m., $5; Bingo 4:30- 8 p.m.
Tuesday: Scat, 9 a.m.; osteo exercise, 9:15 a.m., Valley View Apartments; COA Board meeting, third Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.; chair massage, 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon, 30 minutes, $30, call for appointment; lunch, 11:30 a.m.; cribbage, 1 p.m.; Writer’s Club, 1 p.m.
Wednesday: Foot nurse 8:30 a.m., every other month, call for appointment; tai chi, 9 a.m., $4.; Scat, 9 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.; birthday party, 3rd Wednesday of the month, 11 a.m.; Walgreens blood pressure check/presentation, 1st Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.; Bingo,12:30 p.m.; blood drive, 1st Wednesday, 1-6 p.m.
Thursday: Osteo exercise, 9:15 a.m., Valley View Apartments; line dancing, 10 a.m., $3; lunch, 11:30 a.m.; pitch, 1 p.m.
Friday: Scat, 9 a.m.; lawn games, 9 a.m.; movie, 9:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.; Brown Bag program, 2nd Friday, 11 a.m.
Clinics: Lipid panel and blood glucose screening, 12-hour fasting required, call 413-967-2488 for an appointment.
Wednesday: Brown Bag It, noon; Wii, 10 a.m.; Crafty Ladies, 1 p.m., blood pressure, 11 a.m.; Silvertones, 1 p.m.; veterans agent, 1 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Support Group: Last Tuesday of each month, 2-3 p.m., in the Brooks Room of the Wilbraham Library.
Tuesday: Around Town; chair exercise, 10 a.m.; aerobics, 10:40 a.m.; blood pressure readings, 11 a.m.; knitting, 1 p.m.
Wednesday: Walmart; tai chi, 9 a.m.; Gentle Exercise class, 10:15 a.m.; line dance, 1:40 p.m.; zumba, 2 p.m.
Thursday: Stop & Shop; tap dance, 9:30 a.m.; jazz class, 10 a.m.; chair exercises, 10 a.m.; dominoes, 11:30 a.m.; support group, 1 p.m.; quilting club, 1 p.m.
Friday: Men’s Breakfast Club, 8:30 a.m.; SHINE, 9 a.m.; zumba gold, 10:30 a.m.; bridge, 1 p.m.; line dancing, 1:40 p.m.
Mail items to The Republican, 1860 Main St., Springfield, MA 01103, fax to 413-788-1301 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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