Council on Aging

The Shutesbury Council On Aging (COA) is dedicated to serving town residents 55 and over, their families and caregivers.  Our meetings, currently on Zoom, are the second Wednesday of every month from 5:30 to 7:00. Anyone is welcome to attend.

The COA works with LifePath and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs to provide older adults opportunities to live well and thrive throughout Franklin County.   

COVID-19 Vaccination Updates: Click here for the latest from Shutesbury's Board of Health on vaccination sites and more!

COVID-19 VACCINE SCAM ALERT from the Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol Program:  As Americans line up for COVID-19 vaccine injections, so are people lining up to use this opportunity to scam you. You should know the following: Most Medicare beneficiaries will not have to pay to get this vaccine during this public health emergency. If someone offers to put you on a vaccination list in exchange for money, you are being scammed. If someone offers to get you early access to the vaccine in exchange for your credit card or Medicare number, you are being scammed. No one from Medicare or your municipal or state health department will contact you and offer you the vaccine. No one from a vaccine distribution site or a private insurance company will call you asking for your Social Security number, your credit care number, or bank account number to sign you up for the vaccine. If you get a call, text, email, or even someone knocking on your door claiming they can get you early access to the vaccine, you are being scammed. You can report scams by calling the Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol Program's Report-a-Scam line at 978-946-1243 or email to ReportAScam@MASMP.org.

How to Be Prepared for a Medical Emergency: Keep these documents on hand! 

 

Services & Upcoming Events

Amherst Survival Center Senior Mobile Nutrition Program: The M.N. Spear Memorial Library and the Council on Aging are pleased to announce a partnership with the Amherst Survival Center to get food delivered to the M.N. Spear Memorial Library on the first Wednesday of each month. Our volunteers will then deliver food to the homes of participating seniors.

To enroll in the program, click on https://amherstsurvival.org/foodpantryonlinereg/ and complete the registration. Under the section marked "Pick up authorization," click "Yes" in response to the question, "Do you need delivery?" and choose "Shutesbury: Library" under "Coordinated Site." If you don’t have access to a computer or need assistance completing the form, call Library Director Mary Anne Antontellis at the Library (413-259-1213) or call JoAnn Bernhard, Council on Aging Co-Chair (413-259-1235). Print copies of the registration form and food preference form are available by mail, at the library and the post office. Contact Mary Anne if you prefer to register using a printed form.

Foot Clinic Visits: Now Open to New Clients!  Although the Council's monthly Foot Clinics in the Senior Lounge at Town Hall remain on hold, appointments in your home with a registered Food Care Specialist can be scheduled by leaving a message with the COA at 413-259-3796 or by emailing coa@shutesbury.org. The COA suggests clients donate toward the visit's cost; state grant funds will be used to cover the balance. This service is provided through FootCare By Nurses, LLC, a foot-care nurse staffing agency based in Greenfield. For more information about them, call them at 413-367-8369. 

Med Ride Program: During the Covid-19 period, this service remains suspended.  Med Ride is a free transportation program for for Shutesbury seniors age 55 and over who are unable to drive or have no means of transportation to medical and dental appointments. Seniors needing rides in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties will be matched with local volunteer drivers. Drivers will wait for you during your appointment unless otherwise requested or arranged. Riders must be completely ambulatory; no walkers or wheelchairs can be accommodated. If a person needs assistance or is hesitant about going alone, they may be accompanied by a friend, relative or person of their choice. Call 413-259-3796 or email coa@shutesbury.org if you need a ride. Please provide two weeks notice.

Community Potluck Lunches: On Hold for the Time Being The Council's monthly potlucks remain suspended to help protect the health of our community. These meet, greet, and eat lunches in the Senior Lounge at Town Hall are usually held the first Tuesday of each month at noon. People of all ages are invited to come, with or without a dish. There’s always enough food to go around, but more is always welcome.

Quarterly COA newsletter The Council on Aging publishes a newsletter with current and updated information and events.  Sally Fairfield is the volunteer editor.  She can be reached at 413-253-4808. The Geezette issues:         

Nov. - Dec. 2017 

Feb.-Mar 2018

Jun. - July 2018

Summer 2019

Fall 2019

Winter  2020


Council on Aging Bylaw -  TM approved Oct. 1973
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Info and Resources

Village Neighbors

This non-profit member/volunteer-run organization helps adults 60 and older in Shutesbury, Leverett, New Salem and Wendell age in place by assisting with transportation, computers, small tasks at home, or friendly visits.  To learn more, call 413-345-6894, write to Village Neighbors, P.O. Box 501, Shutesbury, MA 01072, or email generalinfo@villageneighbors.org.

LifePath

LifePath provides numerous Individual, home and community services that support Franklin County citizens 55 and over. LifePath provides help with Medicare, Medicaid, and MassHealth plans through the SHINE program (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders). For any questions or help, call their Information and Referral number at 413-773-5555. Click here to sign up to receive The Good Life, LifePath's free weekly newsletter, in your email inbox each Monday.