Easthampton Council on Aging
Please call 413-527-6151 for information about all services.
PRESS ZERO or 135 if you are interested in attending programming or using transportation.
PRESS 130 or 137 for Outreach Services.
Activities are listed in the Silver Circle Newsletter. All registration is by phone or in person.
The Easthampton Council on Aging & Enrichment Center (ECOA) is a municipal department of the City of Easthampton.
Committed to improving the lives of Easthampton seniors, ages 55 and over, the ECOA provides essential programs and activities that meet the needs of our aging population. It is our priority to offer outreach services, health and fitness classes, social activities, accessible transportation, and educational courses that will enhance the lives of our community elders.
The Easthampton Council on Aging has included "Enrichment Center" in its title to broaden awareness of our many levels of service and programs for area residents age 55+. Priority is given to Easthampton residents age 55+. There are some exceptions for events and programs held at the center that are open to all communities/ages. Membership to the Enrichment Center and Outreach services are free.
The ECOA works in conjunction with Easthampton city departments and various senior service agencies. We decide what programs and services to offer through needs assessment, participant feedback, research-based best practices, and judicious use of city and state funds and local donations. Click here for our most recent needs assessment.
- Regular health, fitness, social, cultural, recreational, and support activities
- Special events for seniors and caregivers
- Outreach services to help when it's tricky to fill out applications or re-certifications on your own
- Information about and referral to government and community services
- Benefits counseling and application assistance
- SHINE (Medicare) appointments
- On-site appointments or home visits
- Transportation door-to-door for medical appointments and errands. Round-trip fees for van service - local: $2-4, Northampton/Hatfield/Holyoke $5.00. Free limited volunteer-driven rides too! Point of sale for PVTA senior ride tickets.
- Food programs: Highland Valley Elder Services Grab-and-Go Meals, Brown Bag, and Summer/Fall Senior Fruit Share.
- Senior Tax Work Off Program runs January-October 2023 for a reduction in the FY 2024 real estate property tax bill. Applications closed November 30, 2022. Check back in October 2023 for the next application cycle.
- Access point for free tax help for all ages, certain private-fee services (foot care), and occasional free health clinics
- Durable medical equipment lending: our COA has a variety of medical equipment but a limited number of larger-sized equipment. Please do not donate any equipment or medical supplies to the COA unless approved by phone in advance. Other resources for equipment:
- REquipment: https://dmerequipment.org/ or 800-261-9841
- Hampshire Sheriff's TRIAD medical equipment home delivery service: Deputy Dave Fenton's office, 413-584-5911
- Sand for Seniors, smoke detectors, house numbers, and other partnerships with TRIAD
- Monthly newsletter available at the center, City Hall, and area businesses, or by subscription from the Friends of the Council on Aging. Stop in to request a subscription or call 413-527-6151 ext. 140.
- Volunteer opportunities: Companion Drivers most needed. Call the reception desk or stop by to fill out a volunteer application.
- Health/fitness programming and cardio room: Fitness Room Membership is $75 per person per year for Easthampton, $115 out of town. Some classes and activities are free. If fees are charged, they are typically, though not always, $3.00-5.00 each.