Senior Services

Senior Center 

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 is developing a short survey for Ashfield Seniors to gather your thoughts and opinions on senior services for the town.  Copies of the survey will be in the May Ashfield News and on the town website at Ashfield.org.  Additionally printed copies will be available soon at various locations around town such as the hardware store, Neighbors Store, the Library, Country Pie, Elmers and at the transfer station.  Ashfield Seniors – This is important, please be sure to respond to our survey by mid-May so we can make our report to the Select Board.

If you have any questions please contact one of the committee members.

   Beverly Duncan    628-4505    beverlykduncan@gmail.com

   Ed Branson        628-4527    bransonglass@icloud.com

   Deb Santoro        628-3342    dtsantoro2 @aol.com

   Tom McCrumm    628-3268    tom@southfacefarm.com

   Peg Allen        628-4778    margaretannallen@outlook.com


Ashfield Senior Services

UnSplash-SamWheeler-Elderly-640x424On 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. 

Although many in attendance offered several ideas voicing needs and concerns, it is important to get additional feedThumbs Up Downback from those who could not attend.  The Select Board would like to hear directly from current and soon-to-be seniors, since any decisions made will affect the entire community, so all residents are encouraged to click on the survey link and get involved in shaping the direction of Ashfield’s future Senior Services.


September 16th Senior Services Open Forum Related Links


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Emergency Preparedness

Are you prepared? For information, recommendations as well as help with preparedness follow this link on "Emergency Preparedness".

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.
  • REquipment is a durable medical equipment (DME) re-use program offering free refurbished wheelchairs, scooters, shower chairs and more to adults, children and elders living in Massachusetts.