Programs & Services
Caregiver Support Grant
Council on Aging “Stay Well” Wellness Scholarship
South Hadley Council on Aging’s Lifelong Learning Lecture Series
The South Hadley Council on Aging’s Lifelong Learning Lecture Series was developed with a vision for an affordable, accessible, inclusive, collaborative community-based Lifelong Learning Program to serve South Hadley seniors aged 60 and over.
Working with Mount Holyoke College, the Senior Center has access to a variety of wide-ranging topics and interests. As for qualified speakers, Mount Holyoke College is able to draw from the Mount Holyoke College community, which includes active professors, retired professors and professors from the Five College Consortium that Mount Holyoke is part of, but could also include undergraduate and graduate alumni.
The lectures are held monthly at the Senior Center and are free to the public. The South Hadley Senior Center is grateful to the South Hadley Council on Aging Travel Club for sponsoring the Lifelong Learning Lecture Series. The Senior Center asks for a suggested donation of $10 to $15 per lecture, made payable to the Senior Center Activity Fund.
Lifelong learning is the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated" pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. It is important for an individual's competitiveness and employability, but also enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development.
“I’m still learning.” ~ Michaelangelo at 87
Tech Time With Sandy
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (October 2023: Sandy will add Thursday appointments from 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.)
Sandy our technology wizard can answer your questions. Examples of things she can help with include setting up your iPhone, iPad, tablet, or laptop. She can also help you with accessibility features, Bluetooth connections, or an Alexa! Call the COA to make an appointment with Sandy!
- Book Club
- Circuit Training
- Fiber Arts Club
- Fitness with Heidi
- Gratitude Journal Group
- Healthy Bones & Balance
- Jewelry Making
- Line Dancing
- Mah Jongg
- Maurice "Fitz" & Margaret Fitzgerald Fitness Center
- Support Groups
- Tai Chi & Qigong for Health and Relaxation
- Veterans Group
- Blood Pressure
- Brown Bag
- Exercise & Personal Training Programs
- Files of Life
- Foot Nurse
- Health Programs & Screenings
- Low Vision Group
- Monthly Newsletter
- Food Stamps and Food Programs
- Fuel Assistance
- Prescription Advantage
- RMV Near Me: Assistance with Registry of Motor Vehicle on line services
- SHINE (Health Insurance Assistance)
- PVTA Bus Tickets
- Tax Assistance
- Travel Club
The support programs listed below are made possible by funding from the Older Americans Act through the Massachusetts Office of Elder Affairs and the Administration for Community Living.
Call the COA at 413-538-5030 for more information.
Making Memories Café:
Meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at the Council on Aging. A welcoming place for those with memory impairment and their caregiver to spend time together. Facilitated by experienced staff. This program is made possible through funding from WestMass ElderCare.
Caregiver Support Group:
Meets first and third Wednesday of the Month. Are you a Caregiver to a senior living with a chronic illness? Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes. No two Caregivers are on the same journey. With the help of Council on Aging Social Service Coordinator, Ann Andras, this group will explore all facets of Caregiving. The group will be encouraged to share experiences with their peers as well as lend support during difficult times. This program is made possible through funding from The South Hadley Council on Aging.
Companion/Escort Transportation Program:
For individuals who qualify. Free transportation to medical appointments in South Hadley and outside of South Hadley. This program is made possible through funding from WestMass Eldercare and The Services Gift Fund through The South Hadley Council on Aging.
Daily Mini-Bus Service:
To and from the Council on Aging. In-town appointments and grocery shopping on Tuesday & Fridays. One day advance notice for reservations by calling 413-538-5030. This program is made possible through funding from The South Hadley Council on Aging.