Council on Aging

The Shutesbury Council On Aging (COA) is dedicated to serving town residents 55 and over, their families and caregivers.  Our meetings are the second Wednesday of every month from 5:30 to 7:00. Anyone is welcome to attend.

The COA works with LifePath and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs to provide older adults opportunities to live well and thrive throughout Franklin County.   

COVID-19 VACCINE SCAM ALERT from the Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol Program:  As the first Americans line up for COVID-19 vaccine injections, so are people lining up to use this opportunity to scam you. You should know the following: Most Medicare beneficiaries will not have to pay to get this vaccine during this public health emergency. If someone offers to put you on a vaccination list in exchange for money, you are being scammed. You cannot pay to get on a list. If someone offers to get you early access to the vaccine in exchange for your credit card or Medicare number, you are being scammed. No one from Medicare or your municipal or state health department will contact you and offer you the vaccine. No one from a vaccine distribution site or a private insurance company will call you asking for your Social Security number, your credit care number, or bank account number to sign you up for the vaccine. If you get a call, text, email, or even someone knocking on your door claiming they can get you early access to the vaccine, you are being scammed. You can report scams by calling the Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol Program's Report-a-Scam line at 978-946-1243 or email to

Services & Upcoming Events:

Amherst Survival Center Senior Mobile Nutrition Program: The M.N. Spear Memorial Library and the Council on Aging are pleased to announce a partnership with the Amherst Survival Center. The Survival Center provides monthly food distributions to those in need. During this COVID -19 crisis, we realize that it might be harder for some of our neighbors to get to the Survival Center to pick up food. So we have arranged a partnership with the Survival Center to get food delivered to the M.N. Spear Memorial Library on the first Wednesday of each month. Our volunteers will then deliver food to the homes of participating seniors.

If you would like to enroll in the program, click on the following link and complete the registration.

Look for the question Do you need delivery?  under the section marked Pick up authorization.

Use the drop down arrow to choose Yes.

A new field, Coordinated Site Delivery will appear.

Click the drop down arrow and choose Shutesbury Library.

If you don’t have access to a computer or need assistance completing the form, call Mary Anne Antontellis at the Library (413-259-1213) or call JoAnn Bernhard, Council on Aging Co-Chair, at 413-259-1235.

Print copies of the registration form and food preference form are available by mail, at the library and the post office. Contact Mary Anne if you prefer to register using a printed form.

If you are aware of a neighbor who would benefit from a monthly food delivery, but might not see this notice, please share this information with them.


Med Ride Program: During the Covid-19 period, this service is suspended.  Med Ride is a free transportation program for for Shutesbury seniors age 55 and over who are unable to drive or have no means of transportation to medical and dental appointments. Seniors needing rides in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties will be matched with local volunteer drivers. Drivers will wait for you during your appointment unless otherwise requested or arranged. Riders must be completely ambulatory; no walkers or wheelchairs can be accommodated. If a person needs assistance or is hesitant about going alone, they may be accompanied by a friend, relative or person of their choice. Call 259-3796 or email if you need a ride. Please provide two weeks notice.

Community Pot-lunches: On Hold for the Time Being The Council has temporarily discontinued its monthly potluck lunches to help protect the health of our community. These meet, greet, and eat lunches in the senior lounge at Town Hall are usually held the first Tuesday of each month at noon. People of all ages are invited to come, with or without a dish. There’s always enough food to go around, but more is always welcome.

Foot Clinic: On Hold for the Time Being  The foot clinic is held on the third Wednesday of the month. Thirty-minute appointments with a registered Food Care Specialist can be scheduled by leaving a message at 259-3796.  Donations up to $35.00 are appreciated to defray the cost of your appointment. This service is provided through FootCare By Nurses, LLC, a new foot-care nurse staffing agency based in Greenfield. For more information about them, call them at 367-8369.

LifePath  provides numerous Individual, home and community services that support Franklin County citizens 55 and over. LifePath provides help with Medicare, Medicaid, and MassHealth plans through the SHINE program (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders). For any questions or help call their Information and Referral number at (413) 773-5555. Click here to sign up to receive The Good Life, LifePath's free weekly newsletter, in your email inbox each Monday.

Quarterly COA newsletter The Council on Aging publishes a newsletter with current and updated information and events.  Sally Fairfield is the volunteer editor.  She can be reached at 253-4808. The Geezette issues:         

Nov. - Dec. 2017 

Feb.-Mar 2018

Jun. - July 2018

Summer 2019

Fall 2019

Winter  2020



Info and Resources

Village Neighbors

This non-profit member/volunteer-run organization helps older adults in Shutesbury, Leverett, New Salem and Wendell age in place and remain actively engaged in their communities.  Each Village Neighbors member is at least 60 years old.  All are encouraged to volunteer as they are able, helping with transportation, computers, small tasks at home, or friendly visits.  To learn more, call 1 413 345-6894, or write to Village Neighbors, P.O. Box 501, Shutesbury, MA 01072.  Or email