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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, Niki Liquori, Outreach & 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!

 
 

SPECIAL EVENTS

E-Z Pass Transponders Available
at the Senior Center
September 28    10 am to 2 pm
You will need:
    *  Your Vehicle License Plate Number
    *  Check or Credit Card to Open Account
          (sponsored by Senator Anne Gobi)




MEET YOUR MONSON TOWN DEPARTMENT HEADS
Our September guest will be Cheryl Clarke, Superintendent of Schools.
September 29 at 12:30 pm


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Celebrate the First Day of Autumn
Thursday, Sept 22 at 12:30 pm
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Here’s Your Chance to Show Off Your Best Pumpkin Recipe

Enter our Pumpkin Cooking Contest
Open to Adults of All Ages

Call the Senior Center, 267-4121, to register for our Pumpkin Cooking Contest by Friday, September 18.
If you’d like to join us for lunch prior to the contest, please make your reservation by
2:00 pm on Wednesday, September 21



PENNIES FOR FUEL
MONSON’S INTER-FAITH FUEL FUND DRIVE
Monson Emergency Fuel Fund

8292016_22318_0.pngHELP BLOW THE TOP OFF OUR THERMOMETER!

Once again we’re placing a thermometer on the front lawn of the Senior Center to help track our progress.  Please drop your pennies (or any spare change) in designated containers starting September 1.  We want to make it blow its top to help our friends and neighbors in need.  

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THE BIG E

Join us for Harvest New England Day
Friday, Sept 30, 2016

You will be dropped off and picked up at the Gate.
The van will leave the Center at 8:30 am and 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 call 267-4121 and make your reservation early to ensure a seat on the van.

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MySeniorCenter

A new automated check-in system will soon be installed in the foyer and dining room of the Senior Center.  MySeniorCenter is specifically designed to help our staff members manage the various sign-ups and sign-ins, and improve the way we report our services to the town, state and federal agencies.

Moreover, by quickly and accurately detailing which services we’re providing, the system will increase our chances of receiving additional funding in the future.  MySeniorCenter is a proven tool, being used by over 800 senior centers across the US and Canada.

Even though MySeniorCenter is designed to be user-friendly, staff members and volunteers will be available for the first couple of weeks to help people operate the new check-in system.  

We want to make the transition as seamless as possible for everyone. Once MySeniorCenter is running smoothly, our registration process will be more efficient and we’ll  stand a better chance of receiving funding for future activities.

Here’s how it works:
  • All visitors and volunteers will receive a small keytag.  It contains no personal information, but will allow the new system to recognize you.  
  • Instead of signing into our book, you‘ll swipe your keytag at the scanner, or you can enter your name on the touchscreen.
  • Press the touchscreen to select the programs you’ll be participating in that day.
  • Press FINISH.