Council on Aging

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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.

Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Ware Senior Center/Council on Aging to identify the total needs of the community’s elder population,
to link services to those needs, and to improve the quality of life of our seniors.

 

Great News—Bad News - *Update!*

We have some wonderful news to report and that is our very own Services Coordinator Janine Leis and her husband Patrick welcomed their first child Charlotte into the world this month.  Both mother and child are doing great and Janine reports she is "head over heels in love".  We have a staff full of Grandmother’s that have already offered to babysit!

Janine  will remain out until September 5th, justifiably taking the time off to spend with her new addition so we will continue to be without a social Services Coordinator until then.  This is similar to the fall of 2021 when  we were transitioning between coordinators.  Many of your calls and questions have been directed to the Social Service agencies which Janine acts as a liaison for. 
We will continue to provide you with a list of contacts and agencies as well as their functions so that you will still be able to access services as you need them. In fact most if not all of the numbers and names appear on this page under the "Social Service Resources" tab and also in our monthly newsletter. 

The silver lining is that this is only temporary, Janine will be back and available for appointments again in just a few weeks. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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 this link: 

AARP Livability Index

What is a livable community?
AARP Livable Community Video

The full Community Assessment and Action Plan is available on this page under the Age/Dementia Friendly Information tab, just click on the tab to read the full report.


 

Notable August Events

Tuesday 2nd—6-8PM—National Night Out—Grenville Park—Family fun event

Tuesday 9th—11:30-12PM—Birthday Party—Stephen George—Entertainer—$5 Per Plate

Wednesday 10th—9-1:30PM—Foot Nurse—Dianne DeWan—Call 967-9645 for an appointment

Wednesday 10th—10-11:30AM—Kirsten Krieger - Quabbin Region DPH Nurse— Office hours

Friday 12th— 10:30-4PM -  Brown Bag Program

Tuesday  16th— 1-2PM -  Mobile Food Pantry -  @Grenville Park  Ware, MA

Thursday 18th—11:30-2PM—Heritage Hearing Clinic—Call 967-9645 for an appointment

Wednesday 27th—10-11:30AM—Kirsten Krieger - Quabbin Region DPH Nurse— Office hours

Wednesday 27th—10-11PM—Lucas McDiarmid—District Director for Senator Anne Gobi

 



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:

    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)

    1-800-841-2900 or

    MAhealthconnector.org

    MassOptions at 1-800-243-4636.   MassRelay  711 or (800) 439-0183 (voice) TTY/ASCll  (800) 439-2370  

    Email: SHINE@state.ma.us

  • Fuel Assistance
    *Accepting Applications November 1st, 2022 through April 30th, 2023*

    Call Community Action Pioneer Valley

    413-774-2310

    17 New South St., Suite 116
    Northampton, MA 01060

    Online Portal at:

    www.communityaction.usa

    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.


    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:

    DTA Assistance Line at (877) 382-2363
    Holyoke Office: 413-552-5400
    Fax: 617-887-8765

    Alicia Smith (857) 337-4274 – Springfield Liaison

    Angela Maxwell  (857) 293-8165 - Springfield Liaison

    To apply online:

    www.dtaconnect.eohhs.mass.gov

    Verifications Needed:

    ·         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:

    www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-snap-benefits-food-stamps


    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.

    FREE PROGRAM

    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

Fire Safety Tip of the Month


Information on Covid Treatments


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!)

Virtual Tour

Staff Directory
413-967-9645 - Senior Center Front Desk
413-967-9600 - Social Services
413-967-9294 -  (fax)

Name
Title
Phone Ext.
John Zienowicz
Executive Director
501
Janine Leis Social Services Coordinator 502
Donna DiPilato
Finance Coordinator 506
Alton Davis
Chef
505
Marie Stacy
Van Coordinator
504
  
COA Board Members
Names                    Term Expires
John Zienowicz
Irene Eskett                     2023
Cheryl Haigh                  2022
Carl Waal                        2023