Senior Center

Dear friends,

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that due to COVID-19 those at higher risk of severe illness practice social distance and stay home as much as possible. This includes those 60 years old or older and those with underlying health conditions. To be cautious and to encourage seniors to stay home to protect themselves, the Amherst Senior Center is closed until 5/4/20 (tentative date).

We look forward to getting through this with you and are hard at work maintaining our core services to you. In the meantime, our staff will stay continue to provide core essential services. Services will be available to older adults prioritizing needs on a case by case basis. Social work services are available only through telephone and email. 

We will continue to provide: 

  • Home delivery of Highland Valley Elder Services meals for home bound
  • Noontime take-out cold lunches for seniors- (Register at 259-3164)
  • Distribution of food bags from WMass Food Bank and Amherst Survival Center
  • Social work consultations by phone for emergent social work needs such as:
  • nutritional support
  • health insurance assistance
  • medication assistance
  • critical housing issues

We will not be providing:

* social space, classes, programs

*UMass has discontinued their meal delivery program

*Bread and Produce Distribution has been suspended 

*Footcare and blood pressure clinics are cancelled

*AARP Tax services have been suspended nationwide

*SHINE appointments are cancelled, SHINE services on limited basis available through social workers for emergency issues only. 

  • We are organizing a Phone-a-Neighbor friendly call list to ease social isolation. Link above: "Sign up for a Phone a Neighbor call or Volunteer to make calls"
  • If you would like to receive a daily Phone a Neighbor call from a volunteer, please sign up on the link above under the heading: STAY CONNECTED: Sign up for a Phone a Neighbor call. Also, if you would like to volunteer to call someone daily, please contact us.

Please know you can call us Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4 pm at (413) 259-3060 with concerns or just to talk. Or reach us by email.

As you are staying home to avoid exposure to COVID-19, reach out to family, friends, and neighbors and talk with them about how you may be able to help each other. Perhaps they can pick up groceries for you and drop them off on your doorstep or help to arrange delivery of supplies via an online retailer. We have a list of local grocery stores that deliver groceries and prepared meals in the link above: "Resources to get you through". Perhaps you can schedule daily phone calls to check in and socialize on the phone with your friends. If you are online, continue to socialize using social media. If your neighborhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to stay connected to neighbors, information, and resources.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Please continue to follow the Town of Amherst website for directions on how to keep safe and healthy. https://www.amherstma.gov/CivicAlerts

It is important to sign up yourself and your family members for Emergency Alerts from the Town of Amherst.

https://www.amherstma.gov/CivicAlerts

If you need help signing up for an emergency alert, please call the Senior Center 413 259-3060.    

There are some proactive things you can do to keep safe and healthy.

Even if you are not ill, avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you do need to visit one of these facilities limit your time there and keep 6 feet away from patients.

Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.

Stay home when sick.

Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including washing your hands with soap and water frequently for 20 seconds, coughing into a tissue or your elbow.

Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are at higher risk for contracting COVID-19.

Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (like doorknobs and light switches) with disinfectant.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.

We will continue to support you and get through this together,


Warmly,

Mary Beth Ogulewicz

Director of Senior Services