The Town of Ashfield shares a Senior Center with the towns of Shelburne and Buckland. The center offers seniors a variety of activities, services as well as transportation.
Transportation may be arranged to local area services such as health facilities for medical appointments, local shopping, special needs and social activities. For more information on assistance to seniors, transportation coordination and much more including the location of the Senior Center visit the Center’s website.
Senior Center Expansion - Follow the latest on the expansion center at this link.
Ashfield Senior Services
On September 16th the Select Board hosted a Senior Services Open Forum for Ashfield residents. The open forum was held at Town Hall and it was well attended. The focus of the forum was to gain information and insight, from those in attendance, as to the types of senior services Ashfield residents desire and would be willing to support moving forward.
As of September 2019, roughly 40% of Ashfield residents are over 60 years of age which is expected to continue to grow over the next couple of decades. While Ashfield has traditionally provided some services for seniors, as this population grows those needs are likely to increase and to expand to other types of service not available today. Given this reality, it is important to gauge and evaluate whether the services provided today will continue to be adequate and sufficient in meeting our seniors’ future needs.
Although many in attendance offered several ideas voicing needs and concerns, it is important to get additional feedback from those who could not attend. The Select Board would like to hear directly from current and soon-to-be seniors, since any decisions made will affect the entire community, so all residents are encouraged to click on the survey link and get involved in shaping the direction of Ashfield’s future Senior Services.
September 16th Senior Services Open Forum Related Links
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Other Important Links
- Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) serves Franklin County and beyond. To schedule transportation and/or to get information on services they provide visit FRTA’s website.
- Senior Center information on assistance to seniors, transportation coordination and much more including the location of the Senior Center visit the Center’s website.
- REquipment is a durable medical equipment (DME) re-use program offering free refurbished wheelchairs, scooters, shower chairs and more to adults, children and elders living in Massachusetts.