Senior Center

The Amherst Senior Center remains committed to meeting the needs of our senior community. Our office remains open to help you, though we are not open for public visits. Call us!  413-259-3060. With the information we have at this time about   the science of transmission, the projected course of the virus, and steps necessary to protect the senior population, we do not anticipate reopening for in-person programming through the end of the year. We will continue to monitor the science, readjust and still provide many services: 

  • SHINE Counseling 
  • Social Work Services 
  • Housing Assistance 
  • Senior Health Services Nurse phone consultations  
  • Home Delivered Meals, 
  • Take Out lunches 
  • Online programming 

We are working with town officials, as well as state agencies developing best practices to eventually allow partial programming and services, when it is safe. We have been busy examining the many modifications necessary to resume opening. We are drafting protocols for reopening and evaluating everything from participant screening practices, contact logs, measures to maintain physical distance, occupancy limits, rearrangement of space, reviewing programs for safety, and safety guidelines for shared objects.

 

While things are in flux, the constant that remains is you remain the center of our efforts. 

 

Please continue to remain safe and well by wearing a mask, maintaining physically distance, and washing your hands!

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

We have secured funding to buy several tablets to begin building a TECHNOLOGY LOAN PROGRAM. If you are interested in receiving a loaned tablet call 259-3060. We will ask a few questions to determine eligibility. As our technology arrives, we will deliver it ready to use!

 

ONLINE PROGRAMMING:

 

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Live online or listen to recording on our Facebook Page TOWN OF AMHERST SENIOR CENTER

Healthy Aging & Healthy Living: A Conversation with Dr. Rebecca Starr, Geriatrician

July 30 at 9:30 am  Learn how to stay healthy as an older adult with Dr. Rebecca Starr.  Call 259-3060 or email Ogulewiczm@amherstma.gov  for the Zoom link.         

Health Care Proxies & MOLST Join Anita Sarro, Esq. & Mary Beth Ogulewicz, Esq. to learn about these important documents. August 5 at 10:00 am. Email Ogulewiczm@amherstma.gov for the Zoom link. 

Am I Too Old for Organ Donation? with Anita and Mary Beth. August 20  10—11 am. Email Ogulewiczm@amherstma.gov for zoom link.  

A Good Talk Now for Good Days Ahead: Make sure the people who matter know what matters to You if you become seriously ill. 

Dr. Erin Salvador,a palliative care doctor, will share ways you might reflect on what would be most important to you if you developed COVID or another serious illness: and she will give practical guidance & tools on how you can have Good Talks with your health care proxy, loved ones and clinicians. She also shares about preparation and care in the time of COVID. August 12 at 10:00 am.  Ogulewiczm@amherstma.gov for link.

 

Boosting Resilience Group 

Dr. Bruna Martins-Klein inspires warm conversation & shares tools to build resilience during challenging times. Enjoy this uplifting opportunity to connect. August 31 9am-10:30 am. Email ogulewiczm@amherstma.gov or call  259-3060 for link. Advance online registration required.  

To Your Health: A Conversation with Karen Ranen, RN 

Our Senior Health Services Nurse, Karen, is a certified Diabetes educator and  has a wealth of healthy tips for you!  Sept. 17 at 10 am. Email ogulewiczm@amherstma.gov for link.                        

 

Retiring Earlier than Planned? Medicare 101  

 Michele Chmura, LICSW, certified SHINE Counselor shares info about Medicare options. September 9 at 10:00 am. Email ogulewiczm@amherstma.gov for the Zoom link

Funeral Planning: Choices, Costs, Customs & Creativity 

Sandy Ward, Funeral Consumer Alliance: rights and options as a consumer, traditional & nontraditional funerals, and ways to create a personalized & meaningful service. Pre-registration required. Sept. 16 at 1:00 Email chmuram@amherstma.gov. or 259-3038

 

 

Classes for Your BODY & MIND

Healthy Bones & Balance  The popular class is online! Exercises are suitable for everyone, can be done in a chair. Classes on Zoom Mondays & Wednesdays 10-11am. Contact Betsy Howlett at betsyw@crocker.com for the Zoom link. 

Gentle Chair Yoga with Jaymie Try gentle yoga and feel better! Fridays 10-11am. Contact Betsy Howlett  at betsyw@crocker.com for the Zoom link. 

Chair Yoga with Lara.  Lara’s relaxing chair yoga classes are on  Channel 12 Amherst Media. Wednesdays at 9 am and Saturdays at 5 pm. Her classes are also on our Facebook page: Town of Amherst Senior Center. 

Folk Dancing Join Eva Goldwater & learn dances from home. Tuesdays 3:30-4:30. To join this Zoom class contact Eva: eva.goldwater@umass.edu  for the Zoom link. 

Sports Talk The Red Sox are back! Join Trent Levakis, sportswriter, who has written for the Boston Globe to talk about sports & your favorite teams.  August 3, 17 10am. Email ogulewiczm@amherstma.gov for zoom link

Cosmology  & Theoretical Physics Jim Van Luik, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy of Science presents this ever popular class online Tuesdays 1-3 pm. Contact Florence Rosenstock:   florosenstock@hotmail.com for the Zoom link.  

Shakespeare. Read The Tempest with a group of devoted literature lovers. Thursdays at 10 am. Contact mash@depaul.edu for Zoom link. 

Hour of Delight. Strengthen your delight muscle! Inspired by poet Ross Gay, who spent one year writing daily about the ordinary delight surrounding him in “The Book of Delights”, we will gather weekly with one question in mind: What delighted you this week? Fridays at 3:00pm beginning Aug. 7. Call 259-3114 or ogulewiczm@amherstma.gov for link.   

Dinner & Book Club “Women Rowing North” by Mary Pipher. Grab your dinner, bring your book and curl up on Zoom to join Mary Beth to discuss this beautifully written book about women and aging by acclaimed author, Mary Pipher. Pipher, also known for her prior book, Reviving Ophelia, details how women navigate life’s currents and flourish as we age. September 24 at 6:00 pm. Email Ogulewiczm@amherstma.gov for link