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The ECOA is ready for summer! How about you? As the weather warms up, we will be looking for different places to send our van. If you have any suggestions feel free to give me a call. We would like to continue with our special trips, however, very few people have signed up lately. To avoid cancellations we need more participation!!!Also, take a look at our Saturday trips!!! We have reduced the costs !!! Please take advantage of this opportunity!!!
Throughout the summer, we would also like to offer trips to the Millside Park concert series. As many of you know, parking can be extremely limited and often difficult to find. So, leave the driving to us and we can drop you off at the front entrance. Look forward to hearing your thoughts and suggestions. Enjoy the summer!!!
Brendan Rogers/413-527-6151 extension134



“In early June, the world of leaf and blade and flower explodes– and every sunset is different.”

John Steinbeck

Summer FINALLY. For those who love the warm sun, the sparkling water ,the abundance of fruit and vegetables coming in , this is the best time of year. Try “Seeing Art “a new program to change your view of things. “Harmonica for Health” an extremely unique program to exercise lungs ,or just a chance to learn a fun pocket size instrument with an expert. Join us for Wednesday walking strolls around Easthampton or a presentation on Native American Foods. Come out for our “Welcome summer luncheon” and enjoy the gardens they are in their best dressed mode during June. ——-K. Jensen


The grocery program will provide free delivery of groceries to

Easthampton residents 60 years of age and older who:

  • · Do not drive.
  • ·Have no available family members, friends or other support systems or services in place for grocery shopping.
  • ·Cannot use the van or other transportation options to go grocery shopping.

Anyone interested the Home Shopping Delivery Program should contact the ECOA at 413-527-6151.

Client's for program are accepted on a case by case basis.

Questions? Please Call

Hayley Wood @ 527-6151 X 12

Linda Talbot @ 527-6151 X 15

Please call Hayley @527-6151 X136 or Linda @X137
We are here to help! Please Call ahead for appointment so we set aside a time for you.
If you have received letters from Eversource regarding a past due amount, please do not ignore these letters. Programs are available to assist with having your electric shut off.
Open & read your mailings and be aware of DATES . Do not wait until there is not enough time for us to help you.
413-527-6151 for assistance


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Offered by the Council on Aging,  and the Easthampton Police Department

The Silver Alert Program is a public  notification system used to disseminate  information about missing persons in  order to aid in their quick recovery,  specifically older adults with dementia or  other cognitive impairments who may  wander. The Silver Alert system allows local searching to begin immediately upon the receipt of a missing person report, waiving any waiting period. Wandering is one common challenge foranyone living with a dementia diagnosis. In these instances, although people with dementia  are often found within a distance of less than 2 miles, time is of the essence.

 Please contact Hayley Wood or Linda Talbot, Outreach Workers at 413-527-6151 for additional information or to enroll in the Silver Alert Program. 

This program is free. Enrolled participants will receive a free Medic Alert Bracelet & File of Life Packet. 


The Easthampton Council on Aging Enrichment Center provides notary services to Easthampton residents, 60 years of age and older. Please call Linda Talbot at 413-527-6151 to schedule an appointment. In-home notary service is also available by appointment. You must provide a picture I.D. which is required by law. A suggested donation of $5.00 is requested.





The City of Easthampton has introduced a new format for property tax bills. Mailing of tax bills will now only take place twice a year and will include two (2) quarterly billing cycles. Quarterly payment of property taxes are still due August 1st, November 1st, February 1st and May 1st. You will not be receiving a mailing for your November payment. The August and November invoices are included in the mailing you have already received.

Questions? Residents can reach the Office of the Tax Collector at 413-529-1414.

Dispose at Public Safety Complex. Needles are NOW accepted at the Public Safety Complex 24/7. There is no fee.
They accept sharps container boxes, 2-liter soda bottles, rigid plastic laundry detergent bottles, rigid plastic coffee cans with taped tops. The Health Department has a supply of sharps containers available to Easthampton residents.

In recent years, thousands of people have lost money and had their personal information compromised due to tax scams and fake IRS communications. 
The IRS will NEVER: 
Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a pre-paid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you own any taxes. 
Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrest-ed for not paying. 
Demand you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. 
Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone
The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media to request personal or financial information. 
The IRS does not threaten with lawsuits, imprisonment or other enforcement action.

Operating 7 days a week
24 hours a day
What is elder abuse? Elder abuse includes: physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, caretaker neglect, financial exploitation and self-neglect.
Who is protected? Those 60 years and older living in the community are protected by this law.


Ferry street food market will run through the winter. Please be aware- It is an OUTDOOR market, and you must bring your own bags/ boxes.
Location: 2 Ferry Street
Distribution Day: 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month.
Distribution Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Income Requirement
1-person household $21,590/month
2-person household
3-person household
Applications for the Brown Bag: Food for Elders Program are available online at:
You can also call the Food Bank of Western MA at 413-247-9738. Applications are  available through outreach at the Easthampton Council on Aging, 19 Union Street and the Community Center on Clark in Easthampton.


The Easthampton Council on Aging is seeking a few special people to provide assistance with grocery shopping, prescription drug pickup and transportation, utilizing your own car.
This is a very rewarding experience and you meet the most wonderful people who greatly appreciate your assistance.
Please call Outreach Staff at 413-527-6151







The EOCA Enrichment Center  offers FREE WiFi & charging stations upstairs in the Living room seating area.  Bring your own laptop or other device.  I

We currently offer computer classes in collaboration with Emily Williston Library twice per month at no charge- as with ALL of our classes we ask that you REGISTER or CALL the library for these classes. 


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The Talking Information Center Network (TIC) is a radio reading service that provides around the clock programming for the blind, visually impaired or otherwise disabled. Tune in to volunteers as they read state and local newspapers, magazines, periodicals and other information about state programs and events.
• Call TIC at 781-832-4400 to order a radio receiver.
• Listen by telephone: call 712-832-7025
• Listen via website:
• Download our free app on your phone.

** For more information go to or call 781-834-4400

We Need Your Used Hearing Aids…What you will receive: 
*An acknowledgement letter for tax purposes
*Knowledge that you’ve helped Starkey Hearing Foundation and its Hear Now Program continue their mission of providing hearing aids overseas and in the United States.
 What you need to do:
Label the package or box with this address:
Hear Now Donation - 6700 Washington Avenue South. Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Include your name and address inside the package (please allow 6-8 weeks to process). 
For further information, please call 1-800-648-4327 or go to

Assistance with eye care
EyeCare America facilitates eye care for US citizens or legal resident, who are without an Eye MD and who do not belong to an HMO or have eye care through the Veteran’s Administration.
To be eligible for the program an individual should fall into one of the two categories below:
1. Those who are age 65 or older and have not seen an ophthalmologist (Eye MD) in three or more years. These patients may be eligible to receive a comprehensive, medical eye exam and up to one year of care at no out-of-pocket cost for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam. Volunteer ophthalmologists will waive Co-payments and unmet deductibles and accept Medicare and/or other insurance reimbursement as payment in full; patients without insurance receive this care at no charge.
2. If you are not eligible for the above care, those determined to be at increased risk for glaucoma (by age, race and family history) and have not had an eye exam in 12 months or more. These patients may be eligible to receive a free glaucoma eye exam if they are uninsured. Those who are eligible and covered by insurance will be billed for the exam and are responsible for any co-payments.
Whether or not visitors are eligible for a referral, Eye Care America also offers free brochures, other resources and medication assistance information at:


Massachusetts residents who are 65 or older or have disabilities can get supple-mental assistance through Prescription Advantage to help pay for prescription medication.
Prescription Advantage provides prescription drug coverage for eligible Massachusetts residents, including assistance than Medicare prescription drug cover-age.  
household income, as well as an annual out-of-pocket spending limit. And for members with a Medicare Prescription Drug plan, Prescription Advantage can help fill the coverage gap commonly referred to as the “donut hole”.

Who is eligible?
Massachusetts residents who are not receiving prescription drug benefits under Medicaid may qualify for Prescription Advantage if they are:
• 65 or older, eligible for Medicare and enrolled in a Medicare prescription drug plan, and have a gross annual household income less than 500% of the Federal Poverty Level
• 65 or older, not eligible for Medicare, and enrolled in a plan offering creditable coverage that is equal to or better
with co-payments based on yearly
• Younger than 65, work no more than 40 hours per month, meet MassHealth Common-Health disability guide-lines, and have a gross annual household income at or below 188% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Income: Single: 0-$16,281
Married: 0-$22,673
Please call the Council on Aging at 413-527-6151 to schedule an appointment with one of our Outreach Workers.
Paying for prescription drugs can be a financial strain. Take the time to explore your options and learn whether you qualify for assistance.

No Money for a Lawyer?
Ask Mass Legal Answers Online!
Mass Legal Answers Online is a free service for low income Massachusetts residents who cannot afford a lawyer. Go to to get free legal advice about non-criminal legal problems from volunteer lawyers.
Easy as 1, 2, 3:
1. Go to and create an account. No computer or smartphone? Use a computer at the local public library or Council on Aging for free.
2. Use the website to ask your question.
3. A lawyer will answer you on the website.

Home Modification Loan Program is state-funded loan program that can help MA residents live more independently at home by providing loans for access and safety modifications for elders and persons with disabilities.
• Provides 0% and 3% loans (up to $30,000)
• Generous income guide-lines
• Approximately 94% of homeowners qualify for a 0% loan.
• 0% loans have no monthly payments and repayment is required when the home is sold or transferred!

Eligibility is based on a few factors; including income, a professional’s documentation of need, and the modifications proposed.
Modifications can include: ramps, wheelchair lifts, stair lifts, safety windows, fences and more.
Call Susan at 1-866-500-5599
Home Modification Program is a program of Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission in collaboration with CEDAC (Community Economic Development Assistance Corp.)


The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service work-based and paid job training program for older Americans under the U.S. Dept. of Labor. We are looking for individuals who are 55 and older and who income qualify to inquire and apply for our services. This is for additional job training, helping to keep older adults in the workforce using their work skills, through community service. We place in various government settings, and in non-profits (we don’t place in for profit businesses).
We pay minimum wage for 20 hours per week. Min. wage now is $12.00 hr., in Jan 2019. Workers  compensation is covered by the Federal Govt. The placement in our job training is temporary and all participants in this program work with our staff to find employment away from our job training service so that they can have better opportunities for employment and earn even more income than we are able to provide.

Hampshire County residents may inquire about the program to see if they qualify by contacting the representative of this service by phone or email.

We are based at the Franklin/Hampshire Career Ctr. 1 Arch Place Suite #2, Greenfield, Ma. 01301. phone; 413-774-4361,

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please contact Charlotte Lee, Employment Director at 413-750-2092 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.


If you or someone you know in Hampshire or Franklin County has a consumer problem or questions, please contact the Northwestern District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division:  (413) 774-3186 Greenfield (413) 586-9225 Northampton  Working in cooperation with the Attorney General’s Office.

Hampshire Elder Law Program (H.E.L.P.) is a program administered by the Hampshire County Bar Association. H.E.L.P.’s mission is to meet the civil legal needs of low income elders in Hampshire County. Civil Legal services provided include: bankruptcy, consumer protection, Divorce, guardianship, Health Care Proxies, Powers of Attorney, Probate of Estates, wills and other elder matters.
Eligibility Requirements:
•    Must be 60 years of age and older
•    A Hampshire County resident
•    Low income
•    In need of Legal Assistance
•    Unable to hire an attorney
If you meet eligibility requirements, you will be referred to one of their attorney's for assistance. Contact H.E.L.P. at (413) 586-8729




19 Union Street, Easthampton, MA  01027 | Call  413-527-6151 

Open Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 8AM - 4PM,

Tuesday & Thursday 8AM - 7PM,

Saturday 9AM - Noon