Council On Aging

Hadley Senior Center
In order to take precautionary measures to protect the community from the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the Hadley Senior Center will be cancelling all public programs, classes, activities, and AARP Tax appointments, except for services listed below. Staff is working at the Senior Center and available by phone, email, and appointment. Do not request an in-person appointment if you are feeling symptoms of any illness. If you have a scheduled appointment but feel symptoms of any illness, please call to reschedule. 

 

Current services include:

  • Congregate meals: Highland Valley Elder Services will continue to deliver lunches, individually packaged and portable for people to take home. Delivery will be arranged for home-bound people who need meals. If you wish to have a meal, please call at least 48 hours in advance to request one.
  • Brown Bag food pick up and distribution (monthly). To apply to be a recipient, contact the Food Bank of Western MA, 413-247-9738 or apply online: https://www.foodbankwma.org/get-help/brown-bag-food-for-elders/.
  • Amherst Survival Center Senior Mobile Nutritian Program: A monthly distribution at the Hadley Senior Center of produce, meat, and other grocery items from the Amherst Survival Center. Sign up for the program by contacting the Amherst Survival Center Food Pantry Coordinator at 413-549-3968 x104 or email [email protected].
  • Outreach services: Outreach Coordinator Lauren Hannigan is available for consultation regarding social services, MassHealth applications, public benefits, or other individual needs and is available by phone and scheduled in-person appointments. 
  • One-on-one tech assistance to set up access to virtual programming and Zoom calls: Violet Suska will help troubleshoot Zoom video conferencing, using a tablet, and discussing options for internet access.
  • Computer help home visits: Our volunteer Steve Eagle will make home visits to help solve computer problems. Call the Senior Center to arrange an apppointment.
  • Foot Care Clinics: Foot care by appointment (one or two appointment days per month).
  • S.H.I.N.E.: Hadley residents in need of services relating to selecting health insurance can make appointments with Director and SHINE Counselor, Hayley Wood.
  • Medical Equipment Loans: The new Senior Center has a medical equipment supply closet and stores equipment (such as walkers, crutches, commodes, and wheelchairs) available for loan. It will also accept donations of equipment that is in good shape and clean. Staff disinfects all received equipment but appreciates receiving clean pieces.
  • Our van transportation is temporarily suspended, but we are planning to restart it in August 2020.

Mission Statement

The Council on Aging is a municipally appointed volunteer board authorized under Massachusetts General Laws. Major responsibilities of this Department include setting local policy for the administration of elder programs and services; identifying the total needs of the community's elder population; developing, promoting, and implementing services to meet these needs; serving as an advocate for elders; and educating the community-at-large about these needs and the available resources. Our ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life of Hadley's residents 60 years of age and over and to enable them to remain active and independent within their own community.

The following are the main categories of services offered:

  • General information, referral, and social support
  • Fitness Opportunities
  • Health 
  • Social/Recreational
  • Educational
  • Benefit assistance program intake
  • Daily Congregate meal

For general inquiries, email the Council on Aging
 

Staff Contacts

NameTitlePhone

Senior Services Director

(413) 586-4023

Program Coordinator

(413) 586-4023

Community Outreach Coordinator

(413) 586-4023

Council on Aging Board Members

NameTitle

David Storey

Treasurer

Marguerite A. Wilson

Chair

Rosalie Weinberg

Vice Chair

Glenn E. Clark

Member

Elizabeth A. Faulkner

Member

Bruce Brewer

Secretary

Highland Valley Elder Services

NameTitle
Bruce Brewer

Board Representative

Friends of Hadley Council on Aging

NameTitle
Jane Nevinsmith

Chair

Susan P. Glowatsky, CMMC

Treasurer

Marlene Merzbach

Clerk

Rich Holden

Member

Nancy Niedziela

Member

Ray Spezeski

Member

Karen Walters-Zucco

Member

Kit Ziomek

Member

Hayley Wood

Member

Connie Mieczkowski

Member