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Council on Aging
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
Director
Secretary/Receptionist
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

OFFICE HOURS:
Monday through Friday                          8 am - 3 pm
Closed Weekends and Holidays
                             
Free WIFI
We have free WIFI at the center.  Stop in, have a cup of coffee, meet new friends, and search the web.

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.


THE FRIENDS OF MONSON SENIOR CITIZENS, INC.

The Friends is a non-profit group which supports the Council on Aging in providing nutrition, transportation, direct assistance, ctivities, opportunities for education, socialization and promoting independence for the older adults in the community of Monson.

The Friends are proud to report that purchases for the Council on Aging in the last few years include: a large screen HD TV, commercial freezer, tables, heated food containers for melas on wheels transport, as well as assistance in purchasing the current telephone and computer systems.

BE OUR FRIEND, PLEASE!
Join the Friends of Monson Senior Citizens, Inc. All Ages Welcome! Membership dues $15 per year; however any help is appreciated.  Monthly meetings are held at the Senior Center at 7:00 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month .



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.

TRANSPORTATION DONATIONS:
  • Trips in Monson – $2.00
  • To Palmer -- $3.00
  • To Wal-Mart -- $5.00
  • Long Distance Trips -- $5.00+
  • Volunteer Drivers -- $10.00+ for trips to Springfield, Belchertown or Ware areas and $15.00+ for Worcester or farther. Plus any tolls or paid parking.
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!







 


“LIBRARY AT YOUR DOOR”
The Monson Free Library is pleased to offer the community the  “Library At Your Door” homebound delivery service.  Tell us what you like to read, watch, or listen to and once a month we will deliver these items to your door.  Simple as that!  Call us at 413-267-3866 to get started today.
We are also looking for volunteers to deliver for this program.  Please call and ask for Hope if interested.


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SENIOR CENTER LUNCHES

The price of the Congregate and Home Bound Meal lunch is $2.50 per meal.   Parties and special dinners will be $4.00.



UPCOMING EVENTS / GUEST SPEAKERS

Upcoming BusTrips
Wal-Mart - Aug 7
Call 267-4121 for your reservation  -  Leaving Senior Center at 9:00 AM


Join the Lunch Bunch for Fun and Food
The Lunch Bunch meets on the second Thursday of each month for lunch at nearby restaurants.  Transportation is available upon request.  

In August, the Lunch Bunch will meet on Thursday, August 13 at Olive Garden's on Boston Road, Spfld..  Call the Center by Monday, August 10 to make your reservation.




August 19 @ 1:30 pm
The Monson Council on Aging has started a Senior Hiking Club.  All interested adults are welcome to join us on Wednesday, August 19 at 1:30 pm.  We will meet at the Senior Center and then head off to Laughing Brook Wildlife Sactuary in Hampden, MA for a wonderful hike.  Please call to register, and remember to bring a hat, sunscreen & insect repellant.



TEA & EMPATHY
August 26   1-3 pm
Come to the Senior Center to visit and enjoy a chat and a cup of tea with your peers.  A smile and good laugh can be therapeutic and help reduce stress in your life.  If you need a ride, please call the Center in advance at 267-4121 and make an appointment for the van to pick you up.


  


SENIOR ACTIVITIES AND SOCIAL EVENTS

CRAFTS & LAUGHS
Calling all crafters!! Bring a project to work on or share with others.  Come to the Center on either Monday or Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm or BOTH for twice the fun!


Calling All Those Who
Knit, Crochet, Quilt or Sew  

The Monday night Craft & Laugh group is working on making wraps/blankets for the schools.  They will be used in the event that an evacuation is needed and the children/youth are unable to get to their coats.
The blankets are made using #6 super bulky yarn.  
They would love to have you join them at 6 p.m. on Monday nights.
If you would like to help but are unable to come on Monday nights, donations of yarn would be greatly appreciated.

 
Monson WoodWackers - Wood Carving Club
Thursday evenings 6 – 8 pm
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


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.


Other Activities include:  (unless otherwise noted, all activities are held at the Monson Senior Center.)

  • Canasta
  • Ceramics
  • Knitting/Crocheting
  • Chair Exercise
  • Chair Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Zumba
  • WII Bowling (on hiatus until September)
  • Strength Training and Pilates (held at the Monson-Glendale United Methodist Church on Main   Street, Monson;
Some activities are on hiatus until after Labor Day.  For further information, please refer to our monthly newsletter "A Senior Moment", or call the office at 413-267-4121