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 throughout Franklin County.

LifePath provides numerous Individual, home and community services that support Franklin County citizens 55 and over.  For any questions or help, call their Information and  Referral number at 413-773-5555.

  • LifePath offers help with Medicare, Medicaid, and MassHealth plans through the SHINE program (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders).
  • Click here to sign up to receive The Good Life, LifePath's free weekly newsletter, in your email inbox.
  • LifePath's Vaccination Help Voicemail Line is committed to helping those who want a COVID-19 vaccine to access one. If you do not have access to the internet, need assistance with registering, need transportation to a vaccination site, or are unable to leave your home, call LifePath's vaccination help line at (413) 829-9285.

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

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

 

Council on Aging Services & Upcoming Events

Amherst Survival Center Senior Mobile Nutrition Program: The Council on Aging and The M.N. Spear Memorial Library have partnered 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, click on https://amherstsurvival.org/foodpantryonlinereg/ and complete the registration. Under the section marked "Pick up authorization," click "Yes" for "Do you need delivery?" and choose "Shutesbury Library" under "Coordinated Site. If you don't have access to a computer, need assistance completing the form, or want print copies of the registration and food preference forms, call Library Director Mary Anne Antonellis at the library (413-259-1213) or JoAnn Bernhard, Council on Aging Co-Chair (413-259-1235). 

Fitness Programs and Passes to Museums and Parks: In collaboration with The M.N Spear Memorial Library, the Council on Aging is currently underwriting:

  • Weekly Gentle Yoga and Zumba Gold sessions on Zoom
  • Passes to the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and the Mass. Museum of Contemporary Art.

See the library's website for details.

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: During the Covid-19 period, on hold for the time being. These monthly meet, greet, and eat lunches in the Senior Lounge at Town Hall have been held the first Tuesday of each month at noon. People of all ages are invited to come, with or without a dish. There has always enough food to go around.

 

 

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. Membership is free! To learn more, call 413-345-6894, write to Village Neighbors, P.O. Box 501, Shutesbury, MA 01072, or email generalinfo@villageneighbors.org.

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Check back soon for other links of interest to seniors about tax exemption programs, the Senior Medicare Patrol, and free services through Community Legal Aid.