The Town of Ashfield shares a Senior Center with the towns of Shelburne and Buckland. The center offers seniors a variety of activities, services as well as transportation.
Transportation may be arranged to local area services such as health facilities for medical appointments, local shopping, special needs and social activities. For more information on assistance to seniors, transportation coordination and much more including the location of the Senior Center visit the Center’s website.
For a complete list of the Senior Center Offerings click HERE, (Current March 2021)
Senior Services Outreach Committee
In February the Select Board appointed a temporary five-member committee called the Senior Services Outreach Committee. The primary task of this committee is to gather information on services for Seniors in Ashfield and how those services are delivered. The committee will also reach out to Ashfield Seniors for their feedback on services presently being supplied and services which our Seniors would like to see offered in the future. The committee will seek information from the Ashfield Council on Aging and the Shelburne Falls Senior Center in addition to the general public. The Select Board has requested a report from the committee by June 1st.
The committee members were Beverly Duncan, Ed Branson, Deb Santoro, Tom McCrumm and Peg Allen.
SENIOR SERVICES OUTREACH COMMITTEE SURVEY RESULTS - CLICK HERE
Ashfield Senior Services
On September 16, 2019 the Select Board hosted a Senior Services Open Forum for Ashfield residents. The open forum was held at Town Hall and it was well attended. The focus of the forum was to gain information and insight, from those in attendance, as to the types of senior services Ashfield residents desire and would be willing to support moving forward.
As of September 2019, roughly 40% of Ashfield residents are over 60 years of age which is expected to continue to grow over the next couple of decades. While Ashfield has traditionally provided some services for seniors, as this population grows those needs are likely to increase and to expand to other types of service not available today. Given this reality, it is important to gauge and evaluate whether the services provided today will continue to be adequate and sufficient in meeting our seniors’ future needs.
September 16th Senior Services Open Forum Related Links
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Other Important Links
- Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) serves Franklin County and beyond. To schedule transportation and/or to get information on services they provide visit FRTA’s website.
- Senior Center information on assistance to seniors, transportation coordination and much more including the location of the Senior Center visit the Center’s website.
- Senior Center Expansion - Follow the latest on the expansion center at this link.
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