Council on Aging and Senior Center
BELCHERTOWN COUNCIL ON AGING/SENIOR CENTER
60 State Street
Phone: (413) 323-0420 Fax: (413) 323-8217
Hours: Monday 8 am - 3:30 pm Tuesday-Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm** See COVID 19 Information below
Due to COVID 19, the building is closed to the public. Some staff reports daily, and others are working remotely. Please call or email and we will get back to you. A drop box has been installed by the front door. Correspondence or messages can be left in the drop box and they will be forwarded to the appropriate staff. For more information, and to view current activities/programs, please view our newsletter.
BELCHERTOWN CONDUCTING AGE AND DEMENTIA FRIENDLY COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT
The Belchertown Age and Dementia Friendly Working Group, in partnership with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), is seeking input from older adults and people who provide care for older adults in Belchertown. The working group has developed a survey to gather input from older adults and their caregivers on a number of aspects of the community that make it a good place in which to grow old. With the results of this survey, and public forums that will be scheduled after the first of the year, the group will develop an Age and Dementia Friendly Community Assessment and Action Plan. This report will be submitted to the AARP and Dementia Friendly Massachusetts, providing the town with official designation as an Age and Dementia Friendly Community and a road map for changes that can be made to the social and built environments to make the Town a more welcoming place for people of all ages and abilities.
The Belchertown Livable Community Survey is posted here or in hard copy form (contact the COA at 413-323-0420 to request a hard copy). All respondents may enter a drawing to receive a Stop and Shop gift card once the survey is closed. For more information on the Age Friendly Community effort, contact Becky Basch at email@example.com.
Link to Survey
NEW INFORMATION - Tax Preparation and COVID 19 Vaccinations
AARP will NOT be offering their tax preparation program in Belchertown this year. South Hadley, Hadley, Ludlow, Chicopee and the Holyoke Senior Centers may be offering the service. Please call those centers directly for up to date information.
COVID 19 Vaccinations
Please check the Sentinel, our newsletter or our Facebook page for updates.
The Town of Belchertown Home Page is also a resource for COVID 19 and State Vaccination Plan information, and has a link to the State website for your convenience.
If you would like to receive an automated call with any future updates for either tax preparation sites or vaccine information, please call Katy at 413 323-0420 ext 501 and leave a message with a phone number that can receive automated calls.
To find out when you are eligible and to book an appointment when it's your turn, go to: vaxfinder.mass.gov or mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine. Because the vaccine supply is limited, it may take several weeks to get an appointment. As more vaccine supply arrives in Massachusetts, additional appointments will become available. The State has set up a call center for those who need help registering for a COVID 19 vaccination. Call 2 1 1 (or 877-211-6277) - If there are no slots available when someone calls, they will be placed on a wait list and will receive a call back when a slot is available. Those who call cannot request a specific location - they will be offered whichever location is closest and has availability.
When using the on-line registration site, verify you are eligible, then enter your zip code and either use the list of sites for your area or use the location map. Book an appointment by following the instructions. When scheduling your appointment, you will be required to review the eligibility criteria and confirm you are eligible to receive the vaccine. Make sure you fill out the "Self Attestation Form" along with booking the appointment. When the appointment is being scheduled, the vaccination site will provide specific details on any information you may need to bring to the appointment. If you have an insurance card, please bring it with you.
Important: Please be advised that even after you receive the vaccine, it will be important to continue to wear masks, social distance and wash hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. The vaccine does not stop you from being infected with COVID 19; it is effective in preventing moderate or severe illness that could result in hospitalizations. It also does not stop you from possibly being a carrier or having mild illness and giving the virus to others. Until more people are vaccinated and transmission of the virus is significantly reduced, all protective guidelines must sill be followed. Remember to stay safe and protect yourselves and others.
If you do not have family or friends that can help with the online registration process, please call Jessica at 413 323-0420 extension 503. If you need a ride to get vaccinated, please contact family or friends first as we have very limited ride availability due to the COVID 19 safety procedures. Call Kim at extension 508 to inquire if transportation is available for the location and time of your appointments. Once the vaccine distribution is available in Belchertown, we will be able to offer more transportation services.
Ways to give during COVID19
General donations: Checks need to be made out to the Town of Belchertown. Please list which program you want the gift to be applied to in the memo line of your check.
Please note: Donations for the HOPES Fund need to be made out to our fundraising group, BSCCA (Belchertown Senior Citizens Center Association), not the Town of Belchertown.
The Council on Aging is a community-based resource for citizens of Belchertown ages 60 and over. We serve the needs of an average of 175 elders each day. The Senior Center, located just off Route 202 at the William Gerald Whitlock Municipal Complex (next to the police station), is home to a variety of programs and services.
Accessible Transportation Services both in and out of town, are available Monday through Friday.
More than 20 different classes, clubs, wellness clinics and other activities occur each week at the Senior Center. This is a great please to meet new friends. There is something for everyone.
The mission of our Outreach Services is to keep seniors as independent as their situation allows. If you know of someone in need, we want to hear about it. A wide variety of Social Services are available to support our senior members.
Other benefits include medical equipment loans, a monthly newsletter, and volunteer opportunities.
Our Nutrition Program provides site and home delivered meals. The meals are prepared at the senior center five days a week
DONATIONS TO THE COUNCIL ON AGING - Your gift/donation will help enhance elder services in our community. Checks can be made out to the Town of Belchertown and mailed to: BCOA, 60 State Street, Belchertown MA 01007, Attention: Administrative Assistant. If a specific designation of the donation is not noted, the funds will be placed in the Gift Account to be used wherever there is a need. Memorial donations are placed in the Trust Fund if there is not a specific designation. If you would like to discuss various programs/areas that you can choose to donate to, please call Cindy at (413) 323-0420 ext 502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your support is appreciated.