Q: Who is on the Council on Aging Board of Directors?
Q: When are the meetings of the Board of Directors?
A: The Board meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM. Meetings are held at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center, 330 North Street and are open to the public.
Q: What are the operating hours of the Senior Center?
A: The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Our administrative offices open at 8:00 AM and close at 4:00 PM daily. The Center is closed on Saturdays.
Q: What are the operating hours of the Coffee Cup Café located in the Senior Center?
A: The Coffee Cup Café is open for breakfast and light lunches Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Q: Does the Senior Center serve lunch?
A: A hearty lunch is served at the Nutrition Program, Monday through Friday at 11:30 AM. Reservations are necessary for this program by calling (413) 499-9346 before 11:00 AM the day before. Suggested donation per meal is $2.00.
Q: Does the Senior Center provide transportation?
A: The Ralph J. Froio Senior Center operates two wheelchair-lift equipped vans, with curb-to-curb service. We offer transportation to and from Social Day Programs at the Senior Center, and the Adult Day Health Program for a special cost. We also offer transportation to and from grocery shopping, medical appointments, errands and social activities around town. A 48-hour advance notification is required for all rides and is based on availability. There is a $3 charge each way for this service. Please call (413) 499-9346 or (413) 499-9347 to schedule a ride.
Q: Does the Senior Center offer a Supportive Day Program?
A: The Supportive Day Service Program is offered to seniors who require some assistance and supervision. The program provides a safe environment, offering support for families, while providing socialization and activities in a group setting. The program is located at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center at 330 North Street in Pittsfield. The Supportive Day Program is open 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. A supportive atmosphere is provided, with activities to meet the needs and interests of each participant.
The following are just a few of the activities offered:
- Current Events
- Craft Work
- Health Programs
- Holiday Programs
- Memory Sharing
- Music Program
The program is open from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. We offer morning and afternoon snacks and luncheons daily for a nominal donation of $2.00 per day.
There is a fee for the program based on full-day or half-day participation. Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc. covers the program fee for eligible seniors. Some transportation can also be arranged at an additional charge. Prior arrangements are necessary by calling (413) 499-9346.
Q: What types of programs are offered at the Senior Center?
A: Please refer to the Activities, Clubs & Programs section of the Council on Aging’s webpages for a complete list.
Q: Does the Senior Center offer outreach services?
A: Yes, an Outreach Worker is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM by appointment only. The purpose of the outreach service is to provide informational and referral services free of charge to those seniors in the community who may not be aware of what is available to them, and also to bring seniors to the center to take advantage of the services available there.
Topics include health care and insurance information, activities at the Senior Center, community activities as well as assisting with identifying specific needs individuals may have. For more information, or an appointment, please contact us at (413) 499-9346.
Q: Does the Senior Center offer a support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren?
A: Yes, the support group is made possible by the efforts of The Berkshire Children and Families McInerney Parents Center in collaboration with the Senior Center. Each session will begin with a group meal followed by instructional support time for grandparents and supervised activities for grandchildren. For more information call Amy at (413) 445-4136, Ext. 14 at the Berkshire Children and Families or Vincent Marinaro at the Senior Center at (413) 499-9346 for dates.
Q: What is SHINE?
A: SHINE – Serving Health Information and Needs of Eldersprovides free health insurance information, assistance, and counseling to Medicare beneficiaries of all ages and their care givers. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs supports the SHINE program in partnership with elder service agencies and Councils on Aging. SHINE is partially funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The SHINE Program ensures that healthcare consumers have a competent, committed, and compassionate consumer-focused network of staff and volunteers who provide accurate and objective information through innovative community programs at the state and local levels.
Q: What do SHINE Counselors do?
A: SHINE counselors are dedicated community volunteers who are trained and certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to explain many areas of health insurance including Medicare, Medigap, Medicare HMO's, prescription drug programs, MassHealth (Medicaid), and other health care assistance programs. SHINE counselors help seniors and all Medicare beneficiaries understand their rights and benefits under Medicare and their other health insurance coverage. Counselors also review present coverage, provide written benefits comparisons, prevent consumers from buying unnecessary or duplicate coverage, and help prepare health benefit claim forms, appeals, and applications. All information is kept strictly confidential. If you have questions concerning health insurance, Medicare, Medigap, Medicaid, etc., call the Senior Center office and make an appointment to meet with our SHINE counselors at (413) 499-9346. This program is by appointment only, every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons beginning at 12:15 PM. This is a free service.
Q: Does the Senior Center offer blood pressure clinics?
A: Yes, free blood pressure clinics are held every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, call the Senior Center at (413) 499-9346 for an appointment. This service is provided for free by Molari HealthCare Services.
Q: Does the Senior Center offer classes at the YMCA?
A: The YMCA Senior Program is designed for individuals aged 60 and older. All classes are tailored to the unique needs of older adults and taught by certified instructors specifically trained in senior fitness. This program is made possible by partial funding from the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center. Participants who are residents of Pittsfield must be members of the Senior Center. A doctor's permission is required annually.
To receive your discount you must join the Senior Center and receive our membership card and then go to the YMCA to register and pay for their program.
Q: Does the Senior Center have a newsletter?
A: On a monthly basis, the Pittsfield Council on Aging publishes a newsletter featuring interesting articles, useful information and the calendar of events. The monthly newsletter can be obtained by visiting the Senior Center lobby or can be viewed by online clicking here.
Q: Does the Senior Center host AARP meetings?
A: AARPMeetings are held at the Senior Center approximately five times per year, the first Thursday of the month at 1:30 PM. Please check the events calendar for exact date.
Q: Where can I get information about Meals on Wheels?
A: For information on home delivered meals - call Elder Services at (413) 499-0524.
Q: Can I volunteer at the Senior Center?
A: Volunteering at the Senior Center offers many rewards not only to you but also to users of the center. There are many volunteer positions available, so stop by the center office and fill out an application and let us know in what areas you are knowledgeable and give us an idea of things you like to do.
All volunteers are requested to submit to the office a monthly time card detailing what you did and the total of hours. This can range from piano playing to setting tables, or working on center committees, or teaching a class. CORI checks must be done on all volunteers. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Volunteers are special to us, but we can't recognize your participation unless you submit your time cards to the office.
There is a volunteer recognition dinner held once a year to reward our volunteers. Volunteers need to donate at least 25 hours of service each year in order to qualify for this dinner.