Elder Services
of Berkshire County

Elder Services offers 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, 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 COAs and Senior Centers in 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 Nov. 11:

Monday: Holiday.

Tuesday: Chicken cacciatore w/mushrooms.

Wednesday: Barbecue beef.

Thursday: Macaroni & cheese.

Friday: Meatloaf w/tomato sauce. 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.

Special event: Medicare open enrollment Oct. 15 to Nov. 7. Call (413) 743-8333 to schedule an appointment.

Monday: Closed for Veterans Day.

Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. -- Tai Chi, East St.; 10 a.m. -- Pitch & Coffee, Bridge & Knitting; 11 a.m. -- Veterans Day event; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon -- Trip to Big Y; 1 p.m. -- Quilting; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Computer & Internet use.

Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. -- Beginner computer class; 10 a.m. -- Pitch & Coffee, Chess Club, Walmart; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 12:30 p.m. -- Healthy Eating; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Computer & Internet use.

Thursday: 8 a.m. -- Rita Road trip; 9 a.m. to noon -- BerkshireWorks job search; 10 a.m. -- Pitch & Coffee; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 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); 9:30 a.m. -- Next Step computer class; 10 a.m. -- Pitch & Coffee, Health New England, 10 Tips for Job Search; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch.

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.

Special event: Pie sale, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25. To order, call Karmen at (413) 743-9719.

Monday: Closed, Veterans Day.

Tuesday: 8 a.m. -- Coffee and snacks; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Van available.

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. -- Exercise; 10 a.m. -- Computers; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 12:30 p.m. -- Senior Club.

Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Van available; 2 p.m. -- Bingo.

Dalton

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

The Café is open from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. The building is equipped with WiFi.

The COA office at 40 Field St. Ext. 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 office hours. View the calendar of events at www.dalton-ma.gov.

The COA van is available from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Make reservations 24 business hours in advance by calling the COA at (413) 684-2000.

Outreach and SHINE counselor Pattie Pero is available by appointment by calling (413) 684-2000.

Monday: 10 to 11:30 a.m. -- Line Dancing; Noon -- Lunch.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. -- Intro to Writing Poetry; 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. -- Osteo exercise class; Noon -- Soup & Sandwich: Garden salad w/grilled chicken; 12:30 to 3 p.m. -- Oil painting class; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Knit/crochet; 1 to 4 p.m. -- State Rep. Paul Mark.

Wednesday: 1 to 3 p.m. -- Mahjong; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Triad: "Medication: The Relationship with the Pharmacist" with guest speaker Stan Walczyk of O'Laughlin's Pharmacy.

Thursday: 10 a.m. -- Osteo Exercise Class; 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Quilting; Noon -- Lunch; 1 to 4 p.m. -- Bridge; 1:30 p.m. -- Tai Chi; 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. -- Veterans' Agent.

Friday: 9 to noon -- Pitch; Noon to 3:30 p.m. -- Quilting Project; 1 to 3:30 p.m. -- Healthy Eating Program orientation; 3 p.m. -- Bridges Program orientation.

Saturday: "On Track with the Dalton COA" on Channel 16, check local TV listings.

Sunday: 1 p.m. -- Sunday lunch at First Congregational Church of Dalton hosted by Nazarene Church.

Florida

The Florida Senior Center, located at 367 Mohawk Trail, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday. Information: (413) 662-2811. Registration for all special events and meals, two days in advance, is requested. The monthly newsletter is available for $5 a year by USPS or free via email by contacting floridaseniorcenter@verizon.net.

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. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. weekdays. Suggested donation: $2 for people 60 and over, $6 for all others. Reservations are required the day before by calling at (413) 528-4118. For information on daily programming or special services, call Director 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. For arrangements, call (413) 528-4773.

Monday: 8:30 a.m. -- Coffee; 10 a.m. -- Awareness Through Movement; 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- SHINE; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon -- Movie; 1 p.m. -- Balance & Movement class.

Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. -- Coffee; 9 a.m. -- Bingo; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon -- Bingo, Bridge & Cards; 12:15 p.m. -- Computer class; 4 p.m. -- Strength training.

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-- Coffee; 9 to 11:30 a.m. -- Genealogy by appt.; 9 a.m. -- Tap Dancing; 9:30 a.m. -- Wii bowling, Easy Does It Yoga; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon -- Holiday handcrafts; 4:30 p.m. -- Decorative painting w/Liz.

Thursday: 8:30 a.m. -- Bagels and coffee; 9 a.m. -- Bingo; 9:30 a.m. -- Painting with Vera; 10:30 a.m. -- ImpromptII Writing Class; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon -- Crafty Hands; 12:30 p.m. -- Poker, Mahjong, Wii, Rummikub.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. -- Coffee; 9 a.m. -- Tai Chi; 10 a.m. -- Chair Exercise; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. -- Bridge.

Hinsdale-Peru

The Council on Aging is located at Hinsdale Town Hall, 39 South St. Information: (413) 655-2310.

Special events: Monday, Nov. 11 -- Trip by school bus to the Smith College Autumn mum flower show, lunch at The Blackburn Inn in Worthington, stop at The Country Store in Huntington.

Thursday, Dec. 12 -- King Ward bus trip to City Stage in Springfield for a Christmas show sung by Elisabeth von Trapp, buffet lunch at Storrowton Tavern Carriage House. Seniors $60, non-Hinsdale $80. Reservation deadline is third week in October. Information: Rosanna Iacovelli at (413) 655-8069.

A foot clinic conducted by Lynette Dukehart, board certified foot care nurse, on Monday, Oct. 21, at Hinsdale Town Hall. Appointments are required by calling Lois Murray at (413) 655-8367.

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

Wednesday:

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..

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, 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. Suggested donation is $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 holds an aerobics class from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday with 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. and the kitchen is open for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 2013 parking stickers are available for $4.

Lunch is offered daily at 11:30 a.m. 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.

Monday: 9 a.m. -- Line dancing, Advanced Osteo exercise; 9:30 a.m. -- Bowling; 10 a.m. -- Poetry, "The Councilman is In"; 11 a.m. -- Ladies Pool; 11:30 a.m. -- Nutrition lunch program; Noon -- Scrabble, cards; 1 p.m. -- Mahjong, Hand and Foot, Drawing & Painting.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. -- Woodworking; 10 a.m. -- Beginner Bridge, Chess; 10:30 a.m. -- Meditation; 11:30 a.m. -- Nutrition lunch program; Noon -- Tai Chi with weights; 12:15 p.m. -- SHINE, by appt.; 1 p.m. -- Bridge, Canasta; 1:30 p.m. -- From Stage to Screen.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. -- Elder Services "Area Plan" Forum, Line Dancing, Beginner Osteo Exercise; 10 a.m. -- Oh Hell!, New Member Day; 10:30 a.m. -- Walking Group, meet at Froio Center; 10:30 a.m. -- Tai Chi; 11:30 a.m. -- Nutrition lunch program; 12:30 p.m. -- Tai Chi; 1 p.m. -- Scrapbooking, Cardmaking, Bingo, COA board meeting, Berkshire Writers Room - Memoirs; 1:35 p.m. -- Yoga.

Thursday: 9 a.m. -- Beginner Osteo Exercise, Ceramics; 11:30 a.m. -- Nutrition lunch program; 12:30 p.m. -- Chair caning; 1:15 p.m. -- Tai Chi with weights; 2:30 p.m. -- Line dancing with Christine; 5 p.m. -- Third Thursday -Chris, Woody & Steve under the marquee.

Friday: 9 a.m. -- Pitch, macramé; 11:30 a.m. -- Nutrition lunch program; 12:30 p.m. -- Quilting, woodcarving; 1 p.m. -- Bingo; 1:45 p.m. -- Beginner Tai Chi.

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Jewish Federation of the Berkshires offers a Senior Adult Kosher Lunch Program in conjunction with Elder Services 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 Kathy McMahon at (413) 698-2214. 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 event: Van trip to Fall Senior Concert at Monument Mountain High School, 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, followed by luncheon at 1 p.m. Registration/information: Pat Malnati, (413) 698-3317.

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. For appointments and information: (413) 229-7037.

Monday: 10 a.m. to noon -- Mahjong; 10:30 a.m. -- COA meeting; Noon -- Brown Bag Bingo.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. -- Foot clinic, Exercise class; 10:15 a.m. -- Sit to Be Fit; 11 a.m. -- Knit & Stitch; 11:30 a.m. -- Movie.

Wednesday: 6 p.m. -- Chair Yoga, free.

Thursday: 9 a.m. -- Exercise Class; 9:45 to noon -- Senior Life History Project at Crissey Farms; 10 a.m. -- Wii bowling; 10:30 a.m. -- Bridge Group; Noon -- Third Thursday pot luck lunch.

Friday: Noon to 2 p.m. -- Mahjong; 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. -- Sheffield Farmers Market.

Saturday: 9 to noon -- Friends Tag Sale; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- "Toys" exhibit at Old Stone Store; 7 p.m. -- Berkshire Singers in the Round at Dewey Hall.

Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- "Toys" exhibit at Old Stone Store.

Stockbridge

The Senior Center at the Town Offices, 50 Main St., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. COA 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. Sign up for computer classes with Pat Flinn, (413) 298-5595.

Monday: Noon -- Reservations due for Wed. lunch; 4 p.m. -- Yoga, walk-ins welcome.

Tuesday: Meals on Wheels at Heaton Court, sign up with Carol at (413) 243-4686.

Wednesday: Noon -- Lunch, reservation req'd by noon on Monday.

Thursday: Meals on Wheels at Heaton Court, sign up with Carol at (413) 243-4686; 4 p.m. -- Rites of Rejuvenation Class, walk-ins welcome.

Friday: 1 to 2 p.m. -- Tai Chi, walk-ins welcome.

Tyringham

The COA, 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 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays from September to May at 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.