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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

OFFICE HOURS:
Monday and Wednesday                      8 am - 4 pm
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday             8 am - 3 pm
Closed 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.
ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE & MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Saturday, April 11
1:00 - 4:00 pm
The Monson Senior Center

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 .


ASSISTANCE WITH COMPLETING INCOME TAX FORMS
AARP Tax-Aide voluneteers will be at the Center to provide FREE tax assistance on Thursday, April 9.  Apointments begin at 8:30 am.  Call the Center to make your appointment.

DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS FOR PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FOR SENIORS AND DISABLED CITIZENS DUE BY APRIL 15, 2015

The Town of Monson Tax Assistance Committee is now accepting applications for property tax assistance for fiscal year 2016 (July 2015 to June 2016).  Applications are available at the Town Administration Building at 110 Main Street or at the Senior Center, 106 Main Street.  In order to be eligible to receive assistance, the applicant must be 60 years or older, OR the applicant must receive Social Security Disability Income or other Disability Income. The real estate, for which the property tax assistance is being sought, must be the primary residence of the applicant.

All applications must be received by the Tax Assistance Commmittee by April 15, 2015.  The maximum amount of assistance per residence is $500.  Unfortunately, the Committee may not be able to provide assistance to everyone who applies.  Each year, assistance will be determined in accordance with the amount of donations made to the Tax Assistance Fund and the individual needs of the applicants.

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.

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.

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!







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.
“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.

Upcoming BusTrips
WalMart... April 10
Call 267-4121 for your reservation  -  Leaving Senior Center at 9:00 AM

Join the Lunch Bunch for Fun and Food  
The Lunch Bunch will meet on April 9 at The Copper Stallion in Sturbridge..  Call the Center by Monday, April 6 to make your reservation

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

Healthy Eating and Living
A Free Nutrition Workshop, presented by the Western Mass Food Bank
April 1  -- 12:30 - 1:30
Learn how to improve your health through good nutrition.  The program will include information on how to shop, cook and eat to ensure good nutrition; tips on diabetic diets; healthy snack and meal recipes; how to cook for one or two, and how to lower yur intake of sugars and fats.  Attendees are eligble to win a free door prize.

Easter Egg Coloring
Peg Harrison, Outreach Coordinator, is looking for people to join her on Thursday April 2 at 11:00 AM to color Easter Eggs.  Eggs, Dyes and Jelly Beans will be provided.  Please contact Peg at 267-4121 if interested.


TEA & EMPATHY
April 22 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the Senior Center

Come to the Senior Center to visit and enjoy a chat and a cup of tea with your peers.  Hopefully, it will be a chance to ward off the winter blahs and perhaps talk about any issues that could be adding stress to your life.  A smile and good laugh can be therapeutic.  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 Medicare & Medicaid
April 23 at 12:30 pm

Carolyn Cole of the Senior Medicate/Medicaid Patrol will be at the Center to discuss any updates or changes to these programs, and address any questions.


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

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
  • Knitting/Crocheting
  • Chair Exercise
  • Chair Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Zumba
  • WII Bowling
  • Strength Training and Pilates (held at the Monson-Glendale   United Methodist Church on Main Street, Monson;
For further information, please refer to our monthly newsletter "A Senior Moment", or call the office at 413-267-4121