Council on Aging
Welcome to the Ware Senior Center!
Masks are a personal choice but recommended when in the building.
All meals are served indoors in our dining hall.
to link services to those needs, and to improve the quality of life of our seniors.
Social Services Season is upon us! Fuel Assistance - Medicare/Medicaid Open Enrollment (Ends December 7th!) - SNAP Benefits
Our Social Services Coordinator Janine Leis is taking appointments for Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays. So call the front desk 413-967-9645 to schedule an appointment or 413-967-9600 to talk to Janine directly.
Age and Dementia Friendly Community
In 2020 the Town of Ware began the three year process of becoming accredited as an Age and Dementia Friendly Community as recognized by the AARP and the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Being an Age and Dementia Friendly Community commits the Town to making Ware a more attractive place to age in place, from birth to retirement and all of the obstacles in between. Ware was given a “Livability “ index score of 52 out of 100 you can see the details here at the link below.
AARP Livability Index
When: 12pm – 3pm on Wednesday December 7, 2022
Where: 1 Robbins Rd Ware, MA 01082
Ages: 6 months +
Come bring your family and friends and get your COVID-19 1st dose, 2nd dose or booster at the Ware Senior Center!
We will have all three vaccine manufacturers for ages 6 months and older, and boosters for ages 5 years and older.
All vaccines are at no cost! Pre-register online or walk-ins welcome. Bring your ID, insurance card and vaccination card. If you do not have insurance, you will still be able to receive the vaccine.
You will receive a $75 gift card when you get vaccinated or boosted. The clinic is provided via health care professionals as part of the Mobile Vaccination Program offered by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
The project is supported by the Rural Vaccine Equity Initiative, Town of Ware, Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation and the New England Rural Health Association
SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Counselors are available at:
SHINE counselors are available to meet with you in person or by telephone.
· First time enrollees for SS & Medicare MUST call Social Security to enroll
· Medicare open enrollment 10/15 – 12/7
SHINE counselors available at:
Ware Senior Center (413) 967-9600
Springfield SHINE office (413) 750-2893
MassOptions (800) 243-4636
WMEC (413) 538-9020
Toll-free phone: (800) 243-4636
Toll-free TDD: (877) 610-0241
MassHealth (under 65)
MassOptions at 1-800-243-4636. MassRelay 711 or (800) 439-0183 (voice) TTY/ASCll (800) 439-2370
*Accepting Applications November 1st, 2022 through April 30th, 2023*
Call Community Action Pioneer Valley
17 New South St., Suite 116
Northampton, MA 01060
Application assistance also available at the Ware Senior Center 413-967-9600
Online Portal at:
You can use this website to apply for the first time or complete your re-certification. Just click on the apply button in the middle of the page or make an appointment for an in office consult at the Greenfield MA office.
December Schedule of Daily Activities
*Third Monday of every month: 12/19
Exercise @ Valley View Housing
# $3 per class
Exercise @ Valley View Housing
Line Dancing for beginners
# $3 per class
Notable December Events
Wednesday 7th—9-1:30PM—Foot Nurse—Dianne DeWan—Call 967-9645 for an appointment
Wednesday 7th—12-3PM—Free Covid Vaccine and Booster Clinic—$75 gift card if you get the shot! Walk in’s welcome—6yrs and up
Friday 9th— 10:30-4PM - Brown Bag Program
Tuesday 13th—11:30-12PM—Birthday Party—$5 per plate
Wednesday 14th—10-11:30AM—Kirsten Krieger - Quabbin Region DPH Nurse— Office hours
Thursday 15th—11:30-3PM—Heritage Hearing - Hearing Clinic—by appointment only call 413-967-9645
Monday 19th—11-12:30PM—Christmas Party—Stephen George entertainer -$5 per plate
Tuesday 20th— 9-10AM—Council on Aging Meeting
Tuesday 20th— 1-2PM - Mobile Food Pantry - @Grenville Park Ware, MA
Friday 23rd & Monday 26th—CLOSED—Christmas Eve Observed and Christmas Day Observed
Tuesday 27th—11:30-12PM—WFD Laura and JT—SAFE Presentation
Wednesday 28th—10-11:30AM—Kirsten Krieger - Quabbin Region DPH Nurse— Office hours
Wednesday 28th—10-11PM—Lucas McDiarmid—District Director for Senator Anne Gobi
SNAP program (food stamps)
If you or someone you know in the vicinity has questions or needs access to the SNAP program (food stamps) call:
Ware Senior Center - Social Services (413) 967-9600
DTA Assistance Line at (877) 382-2363
Holyoke Office: 413-552-5400
Alicia Smith (857) 337-4274 – Springfield Liaison
Angela Maxwell (857) 293-8165 - Springfield Liaison
To apply online:
· Copy of Social Security Card/License· Proof of residency (lease, mortgage statement, utility bill)
- Proof of income
The DTA Assistance Line is open from 8:15 A.M. to 4:45 P.M.
for more information you can visit:
Social Security Questions?
Holyoke Office: 877-480-4989 (Ware Residents)
Worcester Office: 866-331-9069 (Worcester County Residents)
www.SocialSecurity.gov - By using this website you will be able to create an account under the My Social Security tab. After setting up an account you can access your yearly statements, order new Medicare and Social Security cards as well as change bank account and address information.
Medicare open enrollment is October 15th 2022 - December 7th 2022. (to enroll in in a part D prescription plan, Medicare Advantage Plan (part C), or to change your current C or D plan)
First time enrollees MUST call Social Security to set up a telephone interview and enroll.
If you have been receiving SSDI (Social Security Disability Income) for 24 months, you will be automatically enrolled in Original Medicare (A&B). Look for a red & blue Medicare card in the mail.
Over 60? Need help with?
Grocery pick-up & Prescription pick-up
Small errands, post office, make a copy etc.
Short term or long term. We can help!
Call Carol 413-497-4407
Quaboag Valley CDC, 23 W. Main Street, Ware, MA
All Workers are CORI Checked
Welcome Serenity Nursing Care
Allison Williams, LPN
Professional Foot Care Services
Hello Members of the Ware Senior Center,
My name is Allison Williams. I am a Licensed and Insured Nurse that provides Professional Foot Clinics and Home Visits.
I have 18 years' experience as a Licensed Nurse, mostly focused on working with adults that have Developmental Disabilities, and the Elder Population.
I currently provide Podiatry Clinics with several of the local Senior Centers including North Brookfield, East Brookfield, Brookfield, Barre/Hardwick, Wales, and Oakham.
I am also able to provide home visits to Clients that are unable to make it to the clinics on their own.
During a visit to a Podiatry Clinic:
Each person will be given a thirty-minute appointment where we will assess any problem areas, Trim toenails, Sand and Corns or Calluses, and finish with a gentle massage.
I can see people with Diabetes as long as they let me know. If you have any further needs from a Podiatrist, I will let you know at the time.
Each Foot Clinic will be able to provide services for 12 people (9am-2pm)
Payment would be due on the day of service (Cash/Check).
Podiatry Clinic $28.00
Home Visit $55.00
I will bring all supplies each day of Podiatry Clinic and make follow up appointments for future visits that day.
Coming to the Ware Senior Center beginning January 4th 9-2pm
Call 413-967-9645 for an appointment
Covid Isolation and Exposure Guidelines
Healthy Bones and Balance video
The class consists of seated strength training exercises and standing strength training and balance exercises with a warm up and cool down. The program is lead and demonstrated by Healthy Bones and Balance leaders for this area.
Take a virtual tour of the Ware Senior Center here: (Thanks to Chris Murphy!)
413-967-9645 - Senior Center Front Desk
413-967-9600 - Social Services
413-967-9294 - (fax)
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