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.


Social Services Season is upon us! Fuel Assistance - Medicare/Medicaid Open Enrollment (Ends December 7th!) - SNAP Benefits

Our Social Services Coordinator Janine Leis is taking appointments for Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays. So call the front desk 413-967-9645 to schedule an appointment or 413-967-9600 to talk to Janine directly.  

We will continue to provide you with a list of contacts and agencies as well as their functions so that you will still be able to access these services as you need them. In fact most if not all of the numbers and names appear on this page under the "Social Service Resources" tab and also in our monthly newsletter. 

Don't wait too long!

Age and Dementia Friendly Community

In 2020 the Town of Ware began the three year process of becoming accredited as an Age and Dementia Friendly Community as recognized by the AARP and the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Being an Age and Dementia Friendly Community commits the Town to making Ware a more attractive place to age in place, from birth to retirement and all of the obstacles in between.  Ware was given a “Livability “ index score of 52 out of 100 you can see the details here at the link below.
In August of 2022 the final Community Assessment and Action Plan was submitted to AARP for full acceptance as an Age Friendly Community.  Concurrently our application was also submitted to the Massachusetts Councils on Aging for Ware to be designated as a Dementia Friendly Community. We are please to report that both applications have been accepted and we are officially an Age and Dementia Friendly Community!

AARP Livability Index

What is a livable community?
AARP Livable Community Video

The full Community Assessment and Action Plan is available on the left side of this page under the Age/Dementia Friendly Information tab, just click on the tab to read the full report.

  If you would like to participate on one of these committees please send an email to
AF Domains
AF Priorities

  Vaccine clinic

COVID-19 Vaccine & Booster Clinic at the Ware Senior Center

When: 12pm – 3pm on Wednesday December 7, 2022 

Where: 1 Robbins Rd Ware, MA 01082 

Ages: 6 months + 


Come bring your family and friends and get your COVID-19 1st dose, 2nd dose or booster at the Ware Senior Center! 

We will have all three vaccine manufacturers for ages 6 months and older, and boosters for ages 5 years and older.

All vaccines are at no cost! Pre-register online or walk-ins welcome. Bring your ID, insurance card and vaccination card. If you do not have insurance, you will still be able to receive the vaccine.

You will receive a $75 gift card when you get vaccinated or boosted. The clinic is provided via health care professionals as part of the Mobile Vaccination Program offered by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

Pre-registration link: 

Please reach out with questions to Emily Coderre at or John Zienowicz at  

The project is supported by the Rural Vaccine Equity Initiative, Town of Ware, Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation and the New England Rural Health Association 


SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Counselors are available at:
  • SHINE counselors are available to meet with you in person or by telephone.   

    ·         First time enrollees for SS & Medicare MUST call Social Security to enroll

    ·         Medicare open enrollment 10/15 – 12/7

    SHINE counselors available at:

    Ware Senior Center (413) 967-9600

    Springfield SHINE office (413) 750-2893

    MassOptions (800) 243-4636

    WMEC (413) 538-9020

    Toll-free phone: (800) 243-4636
    Toll-free TDD: (877) 610-0241

    MassHealth (under 65)

    1-800-841-2900 or

    MassOptions at 1-800-243-4636.   MassRelay  711 or (800) 439-0183 (voice) TTY/ASCll  (800) 439-2370  


  • Fuel Assistance
    *Accepting Applications November 1st, 2022 through April 30th, 2023*

    Call Community Action Pioneer Valley


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

    Application assistance also available at the Ware Senior Center 413-967-9600

    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.

    December Schedule of Daily Activities







    Tai Chi






    *Whist Party

    *Third Monday of every month:  12/19



    Exercise @  Valley View Housing


    Quilting Club











    starts @5pm

    # $3 per class


    Tai Chi 









    Exercise @  Valley View Housing


    Line Dancing for beginners


    Line Dancing





    Scrapbooking #




    Art Class

    # $3 per class




    Tai Chi






    Chair Yoga





    starts @5pm

    Notable December Events

    Wednesday 7th—9-1:30PM—Foot Nurse—Dianne DeWan—Call 967-9645 for an appointment

    Wednesday 7th—12-3PM—Free Covid Vaccine and Booster Clinic—$75 gift card if you get the shot! Walk in’s welcome—6yrs and up

    Friday 9th— 10:30-4PM -  Brown Bag Program

    Tuesday 13th—11:30-12PM—Birthday Party—$5 per plate

    Wednesday 14th—10-11:30AM—Kirsten Krieger - Quabbin Region DPH Nurse— Office hours

    Thursday 15th—11:30-3PM—Heritage Hearing  - Hearing Clinic—by appointment only call 413-967-9645

    Monday 19th—11-12:30PM—Christmas Party—Stephen George entertainer -$5 per plate

    Tuesday  20th— 9-10AM—Council on Aging Meeting

    Tuesday  20th— 1-2PM -  Mobile Food Pantry -  @Grenville Park  Ware, MA

    Friday 23rd & Monday 26thCLOSED—Christmas Eve Observed and Christmas Day Observed

    Tuesday 27th—11:30-12PM—WFD Laura and JT—SAFE Presentation

    Wednesday 28th—10-11:30AM—Kirsten Krieger - Quabbin Region DPH Nurse— Office hours

    Wednesday 28th—10-11PM—Lucas McDiarmid—District Director for Senator Anne Gobi 

    SNAP program (food stamps)

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

    Ware Senior Center -  Social Services (413) 967-9600
    DTA Assistance Line at (877) 382-2363
    Holyoke Office: 413-552-5400
    Fax: 617-887-8765

    Alicia Smith (857) 337-4274 – Springfield Liaison

    Angela Maxwell  (857) 293-8165 - Springfield Liaison

    To apply online:

    Verifications Needed:

    ·         Copy of Social Security Card/License

    ·         Proof of residency (lease, mortgage statement, utility bill)

    • Proof of income


    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 (Ware Residents)

    Worcester Office: 866-331-9069 (Worcester County Residents) - 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.

    Medicare open enrollment is October 15th 2022 - December 7th 2022.  (to enroll in in a part D prescription plan, Medicare Advantage Plan (part C), or to change your current C or D plan) 

    First time enrollees MUST call Social Security to set up a telephone interview  and enroll.

    If you have been receiving SSDI (Social Security Disability Income) for 24 months, you will be automatically enrolled in Original Medicare (A&B).  Look for a red & blue Medicare card in the mail.

    Over 60? Need help with?

    Grocery pick-up & Prescription pick-up

    Small errands, post office, make a copy etc.


    Short term or long term. We can help!

    Call Carol 413-497-4407

    Quaboag Valley CDC, 23 W. Main Street, Ware, MA

    All Workers are CORI Checked


Fire Safety Tip of the Month

Welcome Serenity Nursing Care

 Allison Williams, LPN

Professional Foot Care Services

Hello Members of the Ware Senior Center,

My name is Allison Williams. I am a Licensed and Insured Nurse that provides Professional Foot Clinics and Home Visits.

I have 18 years' experience as a Licensed Nurse, mostly focused on working with adults that have Developmental Disabilities, and the Elder Population.

I currently provide Podiatry Clinics with several of the local Senior Centers including North Brookfield, East Brookfield, Brookfield, Barre/Hardwick, Wales, and Oakham.

I am also able to provide home visits to Clients that are unable to make it to the clinics on their own.

During a visit to a Podiatry Clinic:

Each person will be given a thirty-minute appointment where we will assess any problem areas, Trim toenails, Sand and Corns or Calluses, and finish with a gentle massage.

I can see people with Diabetes as long as they let me know. If you have any further needs from  a Podiatrist, I will let you know at the time.

Each Foot Clinic will be able to provide services for 12 people (9am-2pm)

Payment would be due on the day of service (Cash/Check). 

Podiatry Clinic $28.00

Home Visit $55.00

I will bring all supplies each day of Podiatry Clinic and make follow up appointments for future visits that day.

Coming to the Ware Senior Center beginning January 4th  9-2pm

Call 413-967-9645 for an appointment


Information on Covid Treatment
Covid Isolation and Exposure Guidelines

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.

Take a virtual tour of the Ware Senior Center here: (Thanks to Chris Murphy!)

Virtual Tour

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
COA Board Members
Names                    Term Expires
John Zienowicz
Irene Eskett                     2023
Cheryl Haigh                  2025
SK Robinson                   2025
Ginger Ziglar Thomas   2025