Council on Aging

The Shutesbury Council On Aging (COA) is dedicated to serving town residents 55 and over, their families and caregivers. Our meetings 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.   

Services & Upcoming Events:

Med Ride Program 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 259-3796 or email coa@shutesbury.org if you need a ride. Please provide two weeks notice.

Community Pot-lunches: The Council offers monthly pot luck luncheons in the senior lounge, open to people of all ages. These meet, greet, and eat lunches are usually the first Tuesday of each month at noon. All are invited to come with or without a dish. There’s always enough but more is always welcome. 

Foot Clinic   The foot clinic is held on the third Monday of the month. Thirty-minute appointments with a registered Food Care Specialist can be scheduled by leaving a message at 259-3796.  Donations up to $35.00 are appreciated to defray the cost of your appointment. This service is provided through FootCare By Nurses, LLC, a new foot-care nurse staffing agency based in Greenfield. For more information about them, call them at 367-8369.

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.

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

           

The Geezette issues:

Nov. - Dec. 2017 

Feb.-Mar 2018

Jun. - July 2018

Summer 2019

        

 

Info and Resources

Village Neighbors

This non-profit member/volunteer-run organization helps older adults in Shutesbury, Leverett, New Salem and Wendell age in place and remain actively engaged in their communities.  Each Village neighbors member is at least 60 years old.  All are encouraged to volunteer as they are able, provide transportation, helping hands for small tasks at home, friendly visits or computer help.  To learn more, call 413 345-6894, or write to Village Neighbors, P.O. Box 501, Shutesbury, MA 01072