Community Services


There are many services available in our area for elders and their families, including:
  • Assistance with basic needs such as housing, income, and food
  • Assistance for people with hearing or vision problems
  • Guidance for people with questions on health care
  • Assistance for people caring for their elderly parents
Please call  Helen MacMellon, LCSW, at 413-259-3062 or Michele Chmura, LICSW, at 413-259-3038 for direct counseling. They have an extensive knowledge of programs and services available in the Amherst area and can provide information and referrals to meet your specific needs. They can help with questions concerning Medicare, housing, health, social well-being, and community services.

S.H.I.N.E. (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)

S.H.I.N.E offers confidential counseling and assistance to medicare beneficiaries.
They also provide assistance with Medigap, HMO coverage, Medicare, Prescription
Advantage, public benefits and more.

The Amherst Senior Center's S.H.I.N.E. counselors, have appointments on the 1st and the 3rd Monday afternoon each month. Call the Senior Center at 413-259-3060 to schedule an appointment.