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Council on Aging
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
Director
Administrative Assistant
Address:
106 Main Street
Monson, MA 01057
Phone:
(413) 267-4121
Fax:
(413) 267-4143
 
The mission of the Monson Council on Aging is to identify and provide comprehensive programs and social and support services that enrich the quality of life for Monson’s older adults and their families while also benefitting the well-being of the general community.

WHAT DOES THE MONSON COA DO FOR THE TOWN OF MONSON?
  • We provide an infrastructure of support for older adults within the community.
  • We help older adults to age with dignity and independence.
  • We are usually the first responders in time of need.
  • We provide an opportunity for socialization and growth.
COA Announcements & Updates
Monson Senior Center Activities

NEW OFFICE HOURS, EFFECTIVE JULY 7, 2014
Monday and Wednesday                      8 am - 4 pm
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday             8 am - 3 pm
                             
Free WIFI
We have free WIFI at the center.  Stop in, have a cup of coffee, meet new friends, and search the web.

JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST
Start your day right with a delicious and nutritious breakfast!
For more information, call 267-4121.

Don't Forget...
There is now a payment box located at the Monson Senior Center for the Tax Collector’s office. This box is for payments only.

BE OUR FRIEND, PLEASE!
Join the Friends of Monson Senior Citizens, Inc. All Ages Welcome! Membership dues $5 per year; however any help is appreciated.  Next meeting at the Senior Center - Sept 18 at 1:00 pm.

PRICE INCREASE
Due to the continuing increase in the cost of food we must increase the price of the Congregate and Home Bound Meal lunches to $2.50 per meal as of September 1, 2014.

The cost of the parties and special dinners will be $4.00.

The staff has worked hard to keep expenses low and, as a result of their efforts, this is the first price increase we have had to make in 6 years. I’m sure you’ll agree that our meals are still a bargain.

NEWSLETTER LOCATIONS
A Senior Moment is available monthly at the following locations:

Adams (IGA) Supermarket
Beth's Restaurant
China King
Colonial Village Laundry Room
Colors Nail & Spa
Kim's Kuts
Monson Free Library
Monson Laundromat
Monson Medical Center
Monson Savings Bank
Monson Senior Center
Monson Town Administration Building
Palmer Green Estates
Pam's Hair
Rt. 32 Barber Shop
Woodbine Country Store

If you prefer, you may subscribe to have a year’s subscription of A Senior Moment mailed to your home, just send your check for $5.00 to:

Monson Council on Aging
106 Main Street
Monson, MA  01057

Keep Informed!  Subscribe today!


WISH LIST
* Toilet Paper  * Rite-Aid Gift Cards   * Postage Stamps  
*  Paper Towels  * Nutritional Supplement Drinks    
*  Dunkin Donuts Gift Cards  
All donations are appreciated!

IF YOU ARE HOMEBOUND, and need information or assistance, Peg Harrison, Outreach Coordinator, or Elizabeth Faichney, Health & Human Services Coordinator can visit you in your home.





SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAM
www.socialsecurity.gov.  1-800-772-1213

Social Security will present an informative program at the Center on Friday, Sept 19, 2014 from 10:30 am to 12 Noon to discuss:

  • New enhancements to the Social Security Website;
  • How you can access your own personal Social Security Benefits and earnings information in a few simple steps online and save a trip or call to the local office;  
  • Some important upcoming changes regarding benefit and Social Security number verification process.
The Salvation Army Service Unit will be interviewing for  Emergency Assistance the 2nd Monday of every month  from 12:30 – 2:30, except when there is a holiday on Monday; appointments will be made for the following Monday.  Call first so you will know what documents to bring to your appointment.  Appointments to see the Unit Secretary can be made by calling the Monson Senior Center at 413-267-4121.

The BIG E  -  Thursday, Sept 18

The van will leave the Center at 8:30 am & return at approximately 2:30 pm.  The cost is $20.00 which includes the entrance fee.  Payment MUST be made when you make your reservation.  Space is limited so make your reservation early to ensure a seat on the van.

Join the Lunch Bunch for Fun and Food  
The Lunch Bunch will meet on September 11 at Salvatores in Springfield. Call the Center by September 8 to make your reservation.

Ceramics - Returning to the Senior Center on Sept 9, 2014
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 AM.  

Art Classes
Water colors, oils and acrylics.   Instructor, Loretta Medeiros
Class meets each Monday at 1:00 pm.   All adults, any age, are welcome.  Supplies are provided.

Craft and Laugh Nights
Now available on two nights at the Monson Senior Center:
Mondays and Tuesdays from 6 - 8pm.   Come on either night or both!    Bring a project to work on or share with others.  
For more information call 413-267-4121.

SENIOR THEATER
Rehearsals on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm
Show date - October 10
If interested in joining The Monson Senior Players  call 267-4121 for more information.

Upcoming BusTrips
Wal-Mart - September 12
Call 267-4121 for your reservation  -  Leaving Senior Center at 9:00 AM

CHAIR EXERCISE
Meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 AM.  Instructor: Lori Stacy.  No fee.

The benefits for seniors include improved vitality and range of motion, pain relief, cognitive improvement, increased circulation, increased muscle strength, healthier aging, social interaction.

Monson WoodWackers - Wood Carving Club
Thursday evenings 6 – 8 pm starting Sept 4.
Anyone interested in woodcarving is encouraged to attend.  Membership fees are $10 per year. Beginner projects are available.  
For more information, contact Wes Harnois
T: 267-3322.  Email   bharnois22@comcast.net


Other Activities include:  (unless otherwise noted, all activities are held at the Monson Senior Center.)
  • Strength Training and Pilates (held at the Monson-Glendale United Methodist Church on Main Street, Monson;
  • Knitting/Crocheting;
  • Canasta;
  • Zumba Gold;
  • WII Bowling;
  • Tai Chi
For further information, please refer to our monthly newsletter "A Senior Moment", or call the office at 413-267-4121