Council on Aging

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Welcome to the Ware Senior Center!
Masks are a personal choice but recommended when in the building.
All meals are served indoors in our dining hall.

Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Ware Senior Center/Council on Aging to identify the total needs of the community’s elder population, to link services to those needs,
and to improve the quality of life of our seniors.


New Program for Care Givers! Space is Limited so Sign Up Early!

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
is a
FREE educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, an adult relative or friend with disabilities, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country.

This class series meets once a week for six weeks.

WHEN -  Wednesdays June 8-July 13 -  9-11 a.m.

WHERE - Ware Senior Center l Robbins Road Ware, MA 01082


Ginger Cruickshank

WMEC Evidence-Based Program Coordinator

Nikki Brookens

WMEC Family Caregiver Supervisor


Contact Ginger Cruickshank at 413.538.9020 ext. 337

From the Ware Council on Aging, congratulations and thank you to Chef Alton Davis on 20 years of excellent service with the Ware Senior Center!
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Get Involved! Help us put the Age and Dementia Friendly Ware plan into Action!

A final draft of the Age and Dementia Friendly Ware Community Assessment and Action Plan has been completed and can be viewed at: We welcome comments on this report and are seeking members of the community and representatives of organizations that serve older adults to discuss next steps for implementing the Action Plan. 

The Age and Dementia Friendly Ware working group will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, May 10th at 1:00 pm to set priorities for the coming year. We are looking for people to lead these efforts and help to convene committee members on a regular basis to discuss progress on strategies.

Please contact Becky Basch at or call the Ware Senior Center at (413) 967-9645 if you would like to attend this meeting so that we can determine whether it will be held on Zoom or in person (at the Ware Senior Center). Please send any comments or questions on the report to


Heritage Hearing of New England    

May is Better Hearing Month!

Appointments Thursday May  19th 11:30-2:30PM

Schedule your FREE HEARING SCREENINGS  and or have your ears checked for wax.

Time to have your hearing aids checked or cleaned ?

Need batteries or supplies call to schedule your free check today

Hearing Screening/Hearing aid check and clean or service (any brand) 

Able to check ears for wax build up with a video otoscope . Hearing aid batteries available for $3.00 package of four 

To learn more about hearing loss prevention call the senior center to schedule an appointment .



SHINE Counselors are available at:
  • SHINE counselors are available to meet with you in person or by telephone.  To be connected to a local SHINE counselor and schedule an appointment call MassOptions at 1-800-243-4636.   MassRelay  711 or (800) 439-0183 (voice) TTY/ASCll  (800) 439-2370  Email:

  • Fuel Assistance

    Call Community Action Pioneer Valley


    17 New South St., Suite 116
    Northampton, MA 01060

    Online Portal at:


    You can use this website to apply for the first time or complete your re-certification.  Just click on the apply button in the middle of the page or make an appointment for an in office consult at the Greenfield MA office.

    Or you can call Janine Leis - Social Services Coordinator - Town of Ware - 413-967-9600 for help with the application process. By appointment only

    SNAP program (food stamps)
    If you or someone you know in the vicinity has questions or needs access to the SNAP program (food stamps) have them call:

    Janine Leis - Social Services Coordinator - Town of Ware - regional Provider for DTA SNAP Benefits - 413-967-9600 by appointment only

    Or: DTA Assistance Line at (877) 382-2363

    The DTA Assistance Line is open from 8:15 A.M. to 4:45 P.M.

    for more information you can visit:

  • Social Security Questions?

    Holyoke Office: 877-480-4989

    Worcester Office: 866-331-9069

    By using this website you will be able to create an account under the My Social Security tab.  After setting up an account you can access your yearly statements, order new Medicare and Social Security cards as well as change bank account and address information.

Fire Safety Tip of the Month

How to Find Your Vaccine Record Online

Healthy Bones and Balance video

The class consists of seated strength training exercises and standing strength training and balance exercises with a warm up and cool down. The program is lead and demonstrated by Healthy Bones and Balance leaders for this area.

Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time

Staff Directory
413-967-9645 - Senior Center Front Desk
413-967-9600 - Social Services
413-967-9294 -  (fax)

Phone Ext.
John Zienowicz
Executive Director
Janine Leis Social Services Coordinator 502
Donna DiPilato
Finance Coordinator 506
Alton Davis
Marie Stacy
Van Coordinator
COA Board Members
Names                    Term Expires
Julianne Cappe               2022
Irene Eskett                     2023
Cheryl Haigh                  2022
Carl Waal                        2023
John Zienowicz