Elder Services of Berkshire County

Elder Services offers many resources and services for Berkshire seniors, including Meals on Wheels and senior group lunches, information & referral, case management, homemaker, personal care, grocery shopping, companionship, laundry service, money management, supportive housing, health insurance counseling (SHINE), caregiver services (including respite care, support groups and one-on-one support), Long Term Care Ombudsman program, Healthy Aging programs, and a Senior Training and Employment Program. Information: (413) 499-0524 or (800) 544-5242.

Lunches prepared by Elder Services are served at Councils on Aging and Senior Centers in the following communities: Adams, Becket, Cheshire, Dalton, Great Barrington, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, North Adams, Pittsfield, Stockbridge and Williamstown. There is a suggested donation of $2 per meal.

Menu for the week of Sept. 16:

Monday: Baked fish.

Tuesday: Beef stew.

Wednesday: Lasagna w/meat sauce.

Thursday: Roast turkey.

Friday: Italian meatballs. Adams

The COA office, located at 3 Hoosac St., is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and van service is available from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; call (413) 743-8333 at least two days in advance for medical appointments, in-town shopping, banking, and rides to the Visitor's Center for lunch and/or programs. SHINE, Health Insurance Assistance, is available every Monday by appointment.

Monday: 9:30 a.


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m. -- Crocheting; 10 a.m. -- Cards & coffee, Walking Club; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 12:30 p.m. -- Art class begins.

Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. -- Tai Chi, East St.; 10 a.m. -- Pitch & Coffee, Bridge & Knitting; 11 a.m. -- Harmonic with Hank; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon -- Trip to Big Y; 1 p.m. -- Quilting; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Computer & Internet use; One-on-one computer attention, by appointment only.

Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. -- E Readers class, blood pressure clinic, caregiver resource guide; 10 a.m. -- Pitch & Coffee, trip to Walmart, Chess Club; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Computer & Internet use.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to noon -- BerkshireWorks job search; 10 a.m. -- Pitch & Coffee, Walking Club; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 p.m. -- Senior Club; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Computer & Internet use; 7 p.m. -- Quilting Club, new members welcome.

Friday: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. -- Fuel & Food Friday, by appt., hear about fuel programs and SNAP (food security program); 10 a.m. -- Pitch & Coffee; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Computer & Internet use.

Becket

Congregate meals are served Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. at Town Hall. Bingo will follow the meals. There is a suggested donation of $2. For reservations, call Sonny at (413) 623-8934, ext. 27, on Tuesday or Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A blood pressure clinic is offered on the third Tuesday of each month. Brown Bag is offered on the third Friday, and a pot luck is offered on the fourth Friday of each month.

Cheshire

The Council on Aging van is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Ed at (413) 446-2559 for reservations. Call Elsie at (413) 743-9612 for foot clinic appointments. Call Sophia at (413) 743-1183 for reservations for Wednesday lunch (requires 24 hour notice & $2 donation). Call Karmen at the center, (413) 743-9719, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all questions concerning seniors.

Monday: 7 to 11 a.m. -- Coffee & snacks; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Van available; 8:45 a.m. -- Exercise,

Tuesday: 7 to 11 a.m. -- Coffee & snacks; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Van available; 9 a.m. -- Walking Club.

Wednesday: 8:45 a.m. -- Exercise; 10:30 a.m. -- Computers; 11:30 a.m. -- Hot lunch; 1 p.m. -- Senior Club.

Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Van available; 1 p.m. -- Pearls and Tea.

Friday: 6 fo 8 p.m. -- Bingo.

Dalton

Nutritious meals for persons 60 and older are served at the Senior Center on Mondays and Thursdays. Reservations for lunch must be in by noon of the business day before by calling (413) 684-2000. A donation of $2 is requested.

The Café will be open from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. The building is equipped with WiFi; bring a laptop and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

The COA office at 40 Field St. Ext. (corner of Field and High streets) is open Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. BRTA tickets may be purchased during regular office hours. The monthly calendar of events is available on the town website, www.dalton-ma.gov.

The COA van is available for all Dalton elderly and handicapped residents from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations must be made at least 24 business hours in advance by calling the COA at (413) 684-2000.

Outreach and SHINE counselor Pattie Pero is available to meet with Dalton seniors or residents to assess and discuss their needs, either through appointments at the COA office or in their homes. She may be reached by calling (413) 684-2000.

Florida

The Florida Senior Center, located at 367 Mohawk Trail, across from the Florida Baptist Church, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday. For assistance or further information on activities or special events, call (413) 662-2811.

Registration for all special events and meals, two days in advance, is requested.

Parties interested in receiving the monthly newsletter for $5 a year by USPS can call or receive it free via email by contacting floridaseniorcenter@verizon.net.

The COA requests people to sign up 2-3 days before all special evnts or meals.

Monday: 9:30 a.m. -- Free coffee & muffin; 9:30 a.m. -- Video walking; 10 a.m. -- Chair Yoga; 11 a.m. -- "Surviving Loss," VNA/Hospice of No. Berkshires; Noon -- Potluck lunch, no charge; 12:30 p.m. -- World Vision, "Knit for Kids."

Thursday: 9:30 to 11 a.m. -- Free coffee & muffin; 9:30 a.m. -- Video walking; 10 a.m. -- Stretch ‘n Move (fall prevention); 11:15 a.m. -- Strength Training; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Matter of Balance (fall prevention); 6 p.m. -- Dementia Caregiver Support Meeting.

Friday: 9 a.m. -- Men's Coffee Club; 9:30 to 11 a.m. -- Free coffee & muffin; 9:30 a.m. -- Video walking; 10 a.m. -- Chair assisted Tai Chi (fall prevention); Noon -- Farewell to Summer High Tea Luncheon, $3.

Great Barrington

The Claire Teague Senior Center is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Director Polly Mann. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Suggested donation: $2 for people 60 and over, $6 for all others. Call the dining room at (413) 528-4118 the day before to reserve your space. For information on daily programming or special services, call Polly Mann at (413) 528-1881.

Transportation for the elderly or disabled is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make transportation arrangements, call (413) 528-4773.

Hinsdale-Peru

Nutritious lunches for people 60 and older are served at Hinsdale Town Hall, 39 South St., twice a week. There is a suggested donation of $2. Reservations must be made two days in advance by calling the meal site, (413) 655-2310, or the nutrition program, (413) 499-0524.

Special events: The COA is organizing a trip by school bus to the Smith College Autumn mum flower show on Nov. 11, stopping for lunch at The Blackburn Inn in Worthington and to The Country Store in Huntington.

A King Ward bus trip to City Stage in Springfield for a Christmas show of sung by Elisabeth von Trapp on Thursday, Dec. 12, with a buffet lunch at Storrowton Tavern Carriage House. A minimum of 40 people are needed; seniors $60, non-Hinsdale $80. Reservation deadline is the third week in October. Information: Rosanna Iacovelli at (413) 655-8069

Monday: 9 a.m. -- Yoga at Old Town Hall, $2, call Judy Casey at (413) 655-8856 for registration/information.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. to Noon -- Blood Pressure; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon -- Bingo.

Thursday: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. -- Art Class with Teri Davis at Old Town Hall, $5.

Friday: 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon -- Bingo.

Lanesborough

Meals are provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Community Room of Town Hall. There is a suggested donation of $2. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance, (413) 442-4761.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. -- Walking Club at the Mall; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. -- Billiards at Town Hall.

Thursday: 10 a.m. -- Walking Club at the Mall; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch

Lee

The Lee Council on Aging office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A blood pressure clinic is held from 11 a.m. to noon on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The Brown Bag Program is held on the second Wednesday of the month.

All programs and activities are held at 21 Crossway St., the old Central School.

Monday: 9 to 10 a.m. -- Osteoporosis exercise class, in gym; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch.

Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 12:15 p.m. -- Senior Bingo.

Wednesday: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. -- Tai Chi in Gym; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 to 4 p.m. -- Bridge Club (Call Jan 243-3512); 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. -- Shape (Call Teresa at 243-9816.)

Thursday: 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 12:15 p.m. -- Senior Bingo; 1:30 p.m. -- Line Dancing in Gym.

Friday: 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch.

Lenox

The Senior Services Office at the Lenox Community Center is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, (413) 637-5535. On Fridays please call (413) 637-5530.

Meals for seniors are provided at noon every Monday and Friday at the Lenox Community Center (suggested donation is $2). SHINE volunteer Gini Titterton is available on Tuesdays for health insurance questions; call (413) 637-5535 for appointment.

Monday: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. -- Exercise; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. -- Van; 11 a.m. to Noon -- Line Dancing; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. -- Yoga; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. -- Lunch and Bingo.

Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. -- Van; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- SHINE Counseling; 10 to 11 a.m. -- Osteo Exercise.

Wednesday: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. -- Exercise; 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. -- Local Shopping; 1 p.m. -- Berkshire Mall/Walmart.

Thursday: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. -- Tai chi; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Bridge; No Van.

Friday: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. -- Exercise; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. -- Van; 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. -- Lunch and Bingo.

North Adams

The Spitzer Center at 116 Ashland St. offers lunch five days a week. There is a suggested donation of $2. Call (413) 662-3125 for reservations two days in advance. The COA office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 3:30.

The COA will hold an aerobics class from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., every Tuesday and Thursday, through the end of the year. Instructors will be Diane Elias and Jane Bryce. Cost is $3 per class and participants should be age 50 or older. Information: (413) 662-3125.

Monday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Chaircar tickets sold; 9:45 a.m. -- Van transportation to meal site; 11:30 a.m. -- Hot lunch; 12:30 p.m. -- Bridge.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Chaircar tickets sold; 9 a.m. -- Blood pressure clinic; 9:30 a.m. -- SOS weigh-in; 9:45 a.m. -- Van transportation to meal site; 10:45 a.m. -- Exercise class; 11:30 a.m. -- Hot lunch; 12:15 p.m. -- Bingo; 1:30 p.m. -- Aerobics class.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Chaircar tickets sold; 9:30 a.m. -- Tai chi at St. John's Hall; 9:45 a.m. -- Van transportation to Big Y; 10 a.m. -- Van transportation to Price Chopper & Stop & Shop; 10 a.m. -- "Surviving Loss" presentation by VNA & Hospice; 10:15 a.m. -- Van transportation to meal site; 11:30 a.m. -- Hot lunch; Noon -- Dice Game: Left, Right, Center; 1 p.m. -- Advance Osteoporosis Exercise and Prevention Class.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Chaircar tickets sold; 9:45 a.m. -- Van transportation to meal site; 10:45 a.m. -- Exercise class; 11:30 a.m. -- Hot lunch; 12:15 p.m. -- Bingo; 1:30 p.m. -- Aerobics class.

Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Chaircar tickets sold; 9:45 a.m. -- Van transportation to meal site; 9:45 a.m. -- Art Class; 10 a.m. -- Lunch with Kevin; 10:15 a.m. -- Walmart shopping trip; 11:30 a.m. -- Hot lunch.

Otis

The Council on Aging has drop-in hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday. The van is available every Thursday to pick up seniors and take them to the Great Barrington Senior Center for a nutritious meal, shopping, doctor appointments and errands. Suggested donations: $2 for the meal and $10 per trip, billed monthly, for the transportation. Call (413) 528-4773 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday for reservations. Information: (413) 269-0100, ext. 107.

Pittsfield

The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the exception of major holidays, and is closed on Saturday and Sunday

The Senior Center no longer sells taxi or yellow cabulance tickets. The 2013 parking stickers are available for $4.

The Coffee Shop is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Elder Services provides lunch daily at 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Center for a $2 donation. Order meals 24 hours in advance at (800) 981-5201 or 499-9346.

Van transportation is available by appointment. Call (413) 499-9346 or (413) 499-9347, 24-48 hours in advance. The fee is $3 each way.

Supportive Day Program is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Prior arrangements are necessary. Call 499-9346.

Blood pressure screening is available. Appointments are scheduled every 10 minutes from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

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Jewish Federation of the Berkshires offers a Senior Adult Kosher Lunch Program in conjunction with Elder Services of Berkshire County at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road. Reservations are required before 9 a.m. by calling (413) 442-2200.

Monday: Noon -- Lunch: Sweet & sour meatballs, chicken soup, noodles, mixed vegetables, pears, tea; 1 p.m. -- Tenor singer and guitarist Doug Schmolze plays music.

Tuesday: Noon -- Lunch: Roasted chicken, salad, oven-roasted potatoes, broccoli, tropical fruit salad, tea.

Thursday: Noon -- Lunch: Closed for Sukkot.

Richmond

The Council on Aging van scheduling for medical appointments, grocery shopping and more is handled by Joanne Lahey at (413) 698-2610. The van is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registered nurse Jane Kelley, Countryside Nurse, holds freestanding Foot Care Clinics for a fee. Call (413) 698-2706 for an appointment.

Special Events: Pot luck luncheon at noon on Friday, Sept. 20, at Richmond Congregational Church. Transportation: (413) 698-2610.

Monday: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. -- Tai Chi with Christine Faber at Town Hall ($2).

Wednesday: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. -- Tai Chi with Christine at Richmond Consolidated School cafeteria ($2).

Thursday: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. -- Strength Training with Christine ($2).

Friday: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. -- Line Dancing with Christine at Town Hall ($2).

Sheffield

The Senior Center located at 25 Cook Road, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. John-Arthur Miller is director. Meals on Wheels available weekdays except holidays. Free blood pressure clinics and moderately priced foot clinics are offered monthly. Call the center for appointments and information: (413) 229-7037.

All activities are at 25 Cook Road unless otherwise noted.

Stockbridge

The Senior Center at the Town Offices, 50 Main St., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Council on Aging office hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Telephone (413) 298-4170, ext. 263. For medical transportation, give 24-48 hours notice.

Senior lunch is held every Wednesday at noon, reservations are required by noon on Monday. Lee VNA blood pressure clinic is held the first Wednesday of each month at noon, walk-ins welcome. Brown Bag is held at 11 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Heaton Court. Sign up for computer classes with Pat Flinn, (413) 298-5595.

Tyringham

The Council on Aging, 116 Main Road, (413) 243-1749, www.tyringham-ma.gov. The COA meets at the Town Hall on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for coffee and social time. A pot luck lunch is held the second Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in the basement of Union Church. A program or social time follows. An osteoporosis prevention exercise class led by Patricia "Niti" Martin is held from September to May on Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Town Hall. Drivers are available for doctor appointments, shopping and other errands. Call Elder Services at (413) 499-0542 or 1-800-544-5242 and ask for a Tyringham driver.

Williamstown

The Harper Center at 118 Church St. offers lunch five days a week. The suggested donation is $2. Call (413) 458-8350 for reservations two days in advance. The COA office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday: 10:30 a.m. -- Exercise; 11:20 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 p.m. -- Introductory Tai Chi.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. -- Oil Painting, Foot Care; 9 to 11:30 a.m. -- Healthy Eating Group; Noon -- Luncheon; 12:30 p.m. -- Mind, Body & Soul.

Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. -- SHINE, Exercise; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 p.m. -- Bridge.

Thursday: 9 a.m. -- Walkers; 9:30 a.m. -- Tai Chi; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 p.m. -- Kira!; 5 p.m. -- Weight Watchers.

Friday: 10:30 a.m. -- Exercise; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 p.m. -- Bingo.

Sunday: 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch.