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 - 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.

Our next step is to gather community members, leaders, businesses and agencies to form 9 separate action committees to begin the work of making Ware a more friendly town to age in place.  If you would like to participate on one of these committees please send an email to


Notable October Events

Tuesday 4th—11:30AM—SAFE Presentation—Laura Fandrey—Ware Fire Department

Wednesday 5th—9-1:30PM—Foot Nurse—Dianne DeWan—Call 967-9645 for an appointment

Thursday 6th—12:30-2:30PM—Scrapbooking with Terry and Sue—$3—Sign up by October 3rd at 413-967-9645

Monday 10thCLOSED—Columbus Day

Tuesday 11th—11:30-12PM—Birthday Party— Class Act—Chet Kurr

Wednesday 12th—11:30AM—Peter Varnum—”Simply Speaking”

Friday 14th— 10:30-4PM -  Brown Bag Program

Wednesday 12th—10-11:30AM—Kirsten Krieger - Quabbin Region DPH Nurse— Office hours

Monday 17th—6-8PM—Whist Party—50-50  Raffle—$3 Entry

Tuesday  18th— 9-10AM—Council on Aging Meeting

Tuesday  18th— 1-2PM -  Mobile Food Pantry -  @Grenville Park  Ware, MA

Wednesday  19th— 5-7PM  TRIAD Potato Bar—Tickets available through Janine Leis or Jeannie Ordione

Monday 24th—11-12:30PM—Halloween Party—Two Guys and a Wheel of Prizes

Wednesday 26st—10-11:30AM—Kirsten Krieger - Quabbin Region DPH Nurse— Office hours and Presentation

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

Tag Sale

“Simply Speaking" - Presented by Varnum Funeral Home Inc.
The Funeral Directors at Charbonneau Funeral Home are pleased to announce their upcoming educational seminar, “Simply Speaking,” on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 11:30 AM in the Ware Senior Center.

“Simply Speaking” is your opportunity to gain meaningful knowledge of funeral service options available today, from creating a personalized and meaningful Celebration of Life to preplanning for the future. The topics are designed to allow you and your loved ones to make informed decisions on memorializing a life well lived, while reducing stress in the future.

All are welcome, however, if you would like to reserve a meal for the seminar, please RSVP to the Ware Senior Center at 413-967-9645 before noon on October 11, 2022. Meals are being sponsored by Charbonneau Funeral Home. 

We look forward to meeting you at the event.

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.

    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

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

Financial Fitness Club 
Beginning October 2022
 Save to Reach Your Goals - We’ll Help!
The Harrison and Diane Quirk Financial Fitness Club is here to help you! A program of the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation, the Financial Fitness Club helps build your financial capabilities while helping you to reach your goals!
The Club meets every month beginning in October 2022! We help you to pick a savings goal, set up a savings account, learn how to improve your financial picture and we match your savings up to a capped amount. That’s right, we match your savings!
Please visit for more information
or call Carol @ 413-497-4407.
This program is made possible thanks to a generous donation by Harrison and Diane Quirk; as well as funding from Baystate Health, The Health Foundation of Central Mass, and the Massachusetts Division of Banks.

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
John Zienowicz
Irene Eskett                     2023
Cheryl Haigh                  2022
SK Robinson                   2025