Council on Aging
Mission: The Ashfield Council on Aging works to enhance the lives of Ashfield seniors by providing meaningful social, educational, recreational and volunteer activities, that respond to the changing needs of the Ashfield senior population.
Vision: The Ashfield Council on Aging is dedicated to improving the lives of Ashfield seniors and serving as a local resource. Both independently, and in cooperation with the Senior Center in Shelburne Falls, the Council will 1) design and implement support networks and services; 2) create life-enhancing workshops and classes; and 3) offer its services in a safe and congenial environment.
Ashfield Council on Aging members meet monthly on the first Wednesday at 2:00 pm in the Town Hall, Lower Level. These monthly meetings are open to the public.
Agendas and Minutes of past meetings are available in the online documents folder “Agendas & Minutes.”
|2023 Council Meeting Dates|
|January 4, 2023||July 5, 2023|
|February 1, 2023||August 3, 2023|
|March 1, 2023||September 6, 2023|
|April 5, 2023||October 4, 2023|
|May 3, 2023||November 1, 2023|
|May 31, 2023 (for June 2023)||December 6, 2023|
Monthly Senior Lunches
The Council on Aging hosts monthly lunches for Ashfield seniors on the first Thursday of the month, at the First Congregational Church (429 Main Street). Lunches are usually self-provided brown-bagged, with occasional holiday-related pot luck meals. Start time: 11:45 am.
Senior Center Activities & Services
Ashfield shares a Senior Center with the towns of Buckland and Shelburne. It is located in the Masonic Lodge building at 7 Main Street, Shelburne Falls, on the street-level. Information about assistance to seniors, transportation coordination, a monthly newsletter, and much more can be found on the Center’s website.
Important Local Resources
Ashfield Ambulance Association Medical Equipment Bank
The bank arranges for people to either borrow equipment or donate equipment to be borrowed for use by residents who may need special medical equipment. Such equipment includes wheelchairs, hospital beds, over-bed tables, commodes, raised toilet seats, shower chairs, crutches, canes, walkers, sock aides, adult diapers, chair cushions and more. Please contact Deb Scott (413) 628-4547 for more information.
Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA)
The FRTA currently serves 41 communities throughout Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester Counties. They can arrange transportation by request for elders and disabled residents, and, using a network of public and private transportation providers, can also offer Demand Response service. In order to qualify for these services, you must be 60 or older or have a significant mobility or functional impairment. Also, disabled customers must apply for eligibility through the FRTA under its ADA program. Visit the FRTA website for more information and to apply for Demand Response services, or phone (413) 774-2262.