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 Hamden 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. COA members David Dann and Linda Scott administer the program. Call 259-3796 or email firstname.lastname@example.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 every month. Thirty minute appointments with a registered Foot Care Specialist can be scheduled by contacting David Dann at 259-1554. Donations up to $35.00 are appreciated to defray the costs your appointment. This service is provided through FootCare By Nurses, LLC, a new foot-care nurse staffing agency based in Greenfield. For more information visit their web site footcarebynurses.net or call 367-8369.
Aging in Place Task Group A new group has been started by the COA to explore how seniors can remain in their homes by matching their needs with available resources in our community. The monthly task force is open to all community residents eager to participate. Currently the task force is discussing the Village to Village Network model.
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 COA November/December 2017 newsletter available here.