Council on Aging
Welcome to the Ware Senior Center!
to link services to those needs, and to improve the quality of life of our seniors.
Writing Group at the Ware Senior Center
Who else will tell what you remember, and try to make it real, but you?
Who else will show what the world looks like, but you?
- Jim W. Corder (1929-98)
✐ Do you have a story to tell?
On behalf of the Ware Senior Center, we invite all interested members
to participate in this monthly writing group, where we will write and
read alongside one another. Broadly, we will focus on storytelling:
cultivating our own and our collective experiences, memories, and
First meeting date is Tuesday May 2nd, 2:00-3:30 pm. Drop-in
attendance is anticipated and welcome! We are mindful of varying
schedules and capacities. Future dates are TBD based upon writers’
All interested members of the Ware Senior Center are welcome,
including seniors, staff, family, and friends. No prior or formal writing
experience is needed. We will write adaptively to writers’ needs,
including modes of writing (i.e. speech or print) and language (i.e.
This group will be facilitated by Danielle Pappo, a Writing Facilitator &
Instructor at UMass Amherst, focused in community writing. For questions or
concerns, please contact Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kirsten L Krieger RN, BSN
Quabbin Health District
Public Health Nurse
Special Guest Presenter:
Rachel Senecal, Coordinator
Elders and Persons with Disabilities Unit
(413) 437-5747 www.northwesternda.org
MAY 24, 2023 AT 11:30 AM
Ware Senior Center
1 Robbins Road
Ware, MA 01082
Call by 12pm on May 23rd if you want to have lunch with the presentation
Fall Risks & Prevention
Preventing Fraud and Identity Theft
413-967-9645 - Senior Center Front Desk
413-967-9600 - Social Services
413-967-9294 - (fax)
|Janine Leis||Social Services Coordinator||502|
|Holly Orzech||Finance Coordinator||506|
Names Term Expires
|Irene Eskett 2023
Cheryl Haigh 2025
SK Robinson 2025
Ginger Ziglar Thomas 2025
Walter Lahair Sr. 2025
Take a virtual tour of the Ware Senior Center here:
(Thanks to Chris Murphy!)
Social Services at the Ware Senior Center
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.
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.
AARP Livability Index
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
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)
MassOptions at 1-800-243-4636. MassRelay 711 or (800) 439-0183 (voice) TTY/ASCll (800) 439-2370
*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.
May Schedule of Daily Activities at the Senior Center
*Whist Party 5/8 & 5/22
*Normally the second and fourth Monday of every month unless a holiday is involved
Exercise @ Valley View Housing
# $3 per class
Exercise @ Valley View Housing
Line Dancing for beginners
Notable May Events
Tuesday 2nd—2-3:30PM—Writing Group—Free Introduction to Writing with Danielle Poppo
Wednesday 3rd—9-3PM—Foot Nurse—Allison Williams—Call 413-967-9645 for an appointment
Friday 5th—11-12:30PM—Cinco de Mayo Party— Memory Lane—Entertainment
Monday 8th—6-8PM—Whist Party—$3 donation
Monday 8th—6:30-9PM—Annual Town Meeting—Ware High School Auditorium
Tuesday 9th—11-12:30PM—Mother’s Day Party—Roger Tinknell—The Beatles and Beyond– Courtesy of the Ware Cultural Council
Wednesday 10th—10-11:30AM—Kirsten Krieger - Quabbin Region DPH Nurse— Office hours
Thursday 11th—11:30-3PM—Heritage Hearing Clinic—Call 413-967-9645 to make an appointment
Friday 12th— 10:30-4PM - Brown Bag Program
Tuesday 16th—11-12:30PM—Birthday Party— Stephen George—Entertainer
Tuesday 16th— 1-2PM - Mobile Food Pantry - @Grenville Park Ware, MA
Tuesday 16th— 9-10AM—Council on Aging Meeting
Monday 22nd—6-8PM—Whist Party—$3 donation
Wednesday 24th—10-11PM—Lucas McDiarmid—District Director for Senator Anne Gobi
Wednesday 24th—10-11:30AM—Kirsten Krieger - Quabbin Region DPH Nurse— Safe Aging at Home Presentation w/ Rachel Senecal, Northwestern District Attorney’s Office
Monday 29th—CLOSED—Memorial Day
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
Alicia Smith (857) 337-4274 – Springfield Liaison
Angela Maxwell (857) 293-8165 - Springfield Liaison
To apply online:
· 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)
www.SocialSecurity.gov - 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, library pick up/drop off,
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
Serenity Nursing Care at the Ware Senior Center
Allison Williams, LPN
Professional Foot Care Services
Monthly Foot Care Clinics at the Ware Senior Center
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.
Next available appointments at the Ware Senior Center February 1st 9-2pm
Call 413-967-9645 for an appointment
Check out the new Quabbin Health District website! (click the link below)
Quabbin Health District
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.