Dalton Senior Center

Dalton Senior Center Dalton Council on Aging & Dalton Senior Center The Dalton Council on Aging and Senior Center is a Town department that is here to serve those 60 and older.
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Our mission is to promote the physical, emotional, social and economic well being of older adults, and to promote their participation in all aspects of community life.

Operating as usual

12/30/2020

On January 6, 2021 the Dalton Senior Center will be holding a Puzzle and Book Swap from 10am-2pm.

Are you tired of repeating the same puzzle over and over? Now is the chance to refresh your stock and give someone else the opportunity to refresh theirs!

Look for the tables out front and happy hunting!

12/29/2020

COVID Vaccine gives scammers a new avenue. Remember:

Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to you, so if anyone asks you to share your Medicare Number or pay for access to the vaccine, you can bet it’s a scam.

Here’s what to know:

You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
You can’t pay to get early access to a vaccine.
Don’t share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails you promising access to the vaccine for a fee.

12/25/2020
Yesterday we held a very unusual Volunteer Recognition event. Our very first Volunteer Parade! Photos are complements of...
12/25/2020
Senior Center Drive Through Volunteer Dinner 2020

Yesterday we held a very unusual Volunteer Recognition event. Our very first Volunteer Parade! Photos are complements of Robert Merry. Thanks to Dalton Police Department, Dalton Fire, Bob Bishop & John Boyle of the Select Board the Council on Aging and Friends of the COA. Special thanks to Jerry Byers the best Chef/coach and our sign builder Dorin Middlebrook!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/s7jLVkmhhYxvpWCQA

48 new photos added to shared album

Sometimes we just need a little reminder.   Gratitude.
08/21/2020
Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Sometimes we just need a little reminder. Gratitude.

Nature’s beauty can be fleeting -- but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

08/17/2020

A Warning About Fake Face Mask Exemption Cards
August 5, 2020 From Access New England August Newsletter

No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service sign on restaurant door The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued a warning about phony face mask exemption cards. Recently, the group called the Freedom to Breathe Agency issued such fraudulent cards that claim the cardholder is exempt from wearing a face covering.

More individuals or organizations are trying bully or scare business owners into allowing entry to their establishments without a face covering since wearing a face covering became politicized. Organizations like Freedom to Breathe have created more misinformation in a time of uncertainty. An internet search for exemption cards revealed several websites encouraging the use of such cards. Information on the card, threatens hefty fines or penalties if cardholders are denied entry.

In light of this developing issue, the DOJ issued a press release on June 30, 2020. Eric Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, stated that cards or flyers with the Department of Justice’s seal did not originate from the department. Furthermore, the DOJ clarified that the ADA does not provide a blanket exemption to people with disabilities from complying with legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operations.

To provide greater understanding on the subject, the New England ADA Center’s Kathy Gips gave an interview with the news network, NBC10 Boston, which was investigating the issue. “The cards are really completely bogus,” Gips said. She went on to add that this is not an issue of “personal freedom;” this is a medical/disability issue. To see the full story, click Justice Department Issues Warning About Fake Face Mask Exemption Cards.

Several resources provide some clarity between wearing face coverings and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Southeast ADA Center has issued a brief on the ADA and face mask policies. To read the brief, click The ADA and Face Mask Policies. The New England ADA Center’s COVID-19 resource page includes topics like face masks, civil rights, and employment during the pandemic. To view the resources, click COVID-19 and the ADA.

If you have any questions or concerns around this and other topics during the pandemic, email us at [email protected] or call us toll free at 800-949-4232.

08/03/2020

Farmers Market coupons are still available! Call 684-2000

07/24/2020

Tai Chi with Cher Minderman beginning August 6th, 9:30-10:30 outside - must preregister. Limited to 9 people with masks. $8 class. Call 684-2000.

07/15/2020

The Dalton Senior Exercise Park is now open! Please bring gloves & sanitizer for your own use!

AGE FRIENDLY BERKSHIRES SURVEY ON TRANSPORTATION FOR DALTON, HINSDALE, WASHINGTON, WINDSOR, PERU AND BECKET.   Age Frien...
05/26/2020
Every Ride Counts in Age Friendly Berkshires!

AGE FRIENDLY BERKSHIRES SURVEY ON TRANSPORTATION FOR DALTON, HINSDALE, WASHINGTON, WINDSOR, PERU AND BECKET.
Age Friendly Berkshires, a coalition movement coordinated by Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, is working with communities including Councils on Aging, to make our region more “livable”, by filling gaps in essential services so that growing up and growing old is a little bit easier for everyone.
This survey is part a Community Conversation on the ride needs/preferences to necessary appointments for older adults age 60+, those living with disabilities of any age and non-drivers. “Necessary appointments” are those for work, non-emergency medical visits, to obtain food, to volunteer, to make nursing home visits, to go to a laundromat, haircut, or other personal service.

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05/21/2020

A message from Shauna Post at Elder Services...they're out there!
We have received reports from other areas of the state that there are individuals posing as SHINE Counselors and soliciting banking information under the guise of helping people get their stimulus checks.

SHINE Counselors:
1. Do NOT have anything to do with stimulus checks. Period.
2. Will NEVER cold call someone- although counselors are working remotely, so non-ESBC/private numbers are the norm presently.
3. Will NOT request banking information or documentation UNLESS someone is applying for MassHealth/ Prescription Advantage.
4. Do routinely request and discuss private information (Social security numbers, Medicare numbers, health information, and income/asset questions), so if someone is unsure- they can contact ESBC to confirm the identity/purpose of the call.

Check out Seniorplanet.org !A fun website to keep you connected, take classes, participate in digital programs and learn...
05/13/2020
Welcome to Senior Planet - Senior Planet

Check out Seniorplanet.org !
A fun website to keep you connected, take classes, participate in digital programs and learn new skills.
Some of today’s were Photography, Afternoon Stretch and Spanish Club! Go see what the rest of the week has to offer.

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until 06/30/2020

Are you tired of staying home? Take a tour of a museum from around the world!  Enjoy your "trip" and be sure to come bac...
05/08/2020
Great Museums: Season 3 - YouTube

Are you tired of staying home? Take a tour of a museum from around the world! Enjoy your "trip" and be sure to come back and let us know where and how your visit went!

05/02/2020
Dalton Senior Center

Dalton Senior Center

Governor Baker has signed an executive order: Beginning Wednesday May 6, masks must be worn in public. The fine is $300 for noncompliance.

05/02/2020

Governor Baker has signed an executive order: Beginning Wednesday May 6, masks must be worn in public. The fine is $300 for noncompliance.

Such a nice treat when I got to work this morning!
04/29/2020

Such a nice treat when I got to work this morning!

Had some new friends help brighten up our day!
04/28/2020

Had some new friends help brighten up our day!

The soapy wash works!
04/27/2020
AARP

The soapy wash works!

04/23/2020

Grateful Seniors Seeking Friendly Helpers!!
The Dalton Council On Aging is seeking volunteers to grocery shop for homebound seniors.
Please call 684-2000 if you are able to help.

Dalton seniors we need your voice too!  Dalton Open Space and Recreation SurveyTHE TOWN NEEDS YOUR HELP!The town of Dalt...
04/17/2020
Dalton Open Space and Recreation Survey

Dalton seniors we need your voice too!
Dalton Open Space and Recreation Survey
THE TOWN NEEDS YOUR HELP!
The town of Dalton is updating its Open Space and Recreation Plan.
Your input and opinions will help to determine the future of recreation and open space in Dalton!
The plan will make Dalton eligible for state reimbursement grant programs for the improvement of recreation areas within town and the protection of open space. This survey is open to year-round residents, seasonal residents, and second homeowners. All responses will be confidential. This survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.

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04/12/2020

We are wishing you all a happy and safe Easter 🐣

04/03/2020

Osteo-Exercise with Sue Jacobs! Watch DCTV station 1301 -10:00 am! Monday's refresher/orientation. Tuesday & Thursday exercise together in a full class! Remember to hydrate! Also this program is available on Dalton Community Televisons YouTube station!

04/03/2020

Our new target opening date is May 4. We miss all of you and hope it is safe to gather by then.

You could be eligible for the economic impact check EVEN if you don't file taxes!  See IRS publication below:Economic im...
03/31/2020
Coronavirus Tax Relief | Internal Revenue Service

You could be eligible for the economic impact check EVEN if you don't file taxes! See IRS publication below:

Economic impact payments:
What you need to know
Check IRS.gov for the latest information: No action needed by most people at this time
IR-2020-61, March 30, 2020
WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.
Who is eligible for the economic impact payment?
Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.
Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples. Parents also receive $500 for each qualifying child.
How will the IRS know where to send my payment?
The vast majority of people do not need to take any action. The IRS will calculate and automatically send the economic impact payment to those eligible.
For people who have already filed their 2019 tax returns, the IRS will use this information to calculate the payment amount. For those who have not yet filed their return for 2019, the IRS will use information from their 2018 tax filing to calculate the payment. The economic impact payment will be deposited directly into the same banking account reflected on the return filed.
The IRS does not have my direct deposit information. What can I do?
In the coming weeks, Treasury plans to develop a web-based portal for individuals to provide their banking information to the IRS online, so that individuals can receive payments immediately as opposed to checks in the mail.
I am not typically required to file a tax return. Can I still receive my payment?
Yes. People who typically do not file a tax return will need to file a simple tax return to receive an economic impact payment. Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and individuals with disabilities who are otherwise not required to file a tax return will not owe tax.
How can I file the tax return needed to receive my economic impact payment?
IRS.gov/coronavirus will soon provide information instructing people in these groups on how to file a 2019 tax return with simple, but necessary, information including their filing status, number of dependents and direct deposit bank account information.
I have not filed my tax return for 2018 or 2019. Can I still receive an economic impact payment?
Yes. The IRS urges anyone with a tax filing obligation who has not yet filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 to file as soon as they can to receive an economic impact payment. Taxpayers should include direct deposit banking information on the return.
I need to file a tax return. How long are the economic impact payments available?
For those concerned about visiting a tax professional or local community organization in person to get help with a tax return, these economic impact payments will be available throughout the rest of 2020.
Where can I get more information?
The IRS will post all key information on IRS.gov/coronavirus as soon as it becomes available.
The IRS has a reduced staff in many of its offices but remains committed to helping eligible individuals receive their payments expeditiously. Check for updated information on IRS.gov/coronavirus rather than calling IRS assistors who are helping process 2019 returns.

To explain the tax relief for those affected by coronavirus.

03/23/2020

We are looking at April 7....but it may be longer. We miss you!

Beware.  People want to separate you from your money! There are no cures, no filters that work, no pills and NOBODY will...
03/20/2020

Beware. People want to separate you from your money! There are no cures, no filters that work, no pills and NOBODY will be LOOKING for people to test! Stay safe!

We are the helpers!!! Please let us know if you or anyone else you know is in need of assistance during this difficult t...
03/17/2020

We are the helpers!!! Please let us know if you or anyone else you know is in need of assistance during this difficult time. 684-2000

03/17/2020

Starting Thursday Stop & Shop will be opening their doors for shoppers 60 and over from 6:00 - 7:30 am every morning! Thank you Stop & Shop!

Address

40 Field St Ext
Dalton, MA
01226

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 20:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(413) 684-2000

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Pictures from the 2019 Senior Center Holiday Party. A good time was had by all! Seniors, family, and friends enjoyed a great lunch and entertainment provided by Craneville Elementary School.
The warm welcoming feeling from the staff. Great AMP program as well as other activities
WAM Theatre is proud to launch their much-anticipated Elder Ensemble – a performance group for a diverse cohort of women over 65 years. In July 2019, this group will spend three weeks creating an original performance using devised theatre methods. A free informational workshop will be held on March 2nd, 2019, from 11am-1pm at Lenox Yoga. The Elder Ensemble will rehearse over three weeks beginning July 8, 2019, and then will present four public performances in connection with the WAM Teen Ensemble July 23-28, 2019. The two ensembles will be working at the same time around the same theme to ultimately create an inter-generational piece that will premiere at the WAM gala at the Stationery Factory in Dalton on July 24, 2019. Tuition for this program is $300. There are eight spots available for this ensemble. Scholarships are available, please ask. To sign up for the March 2 workshop, express interest in the summer program, or for more information, please contact Talya Kingston at (413) 274.2024 or by email at [email protected].
Congratulations to the Town of Dalton for receiving a Community Mini-Grant from AARP-MA Chapter to create an Outdoor Exercise Park adjacent to the Dalton Senior Center! Mini-grants are given to shovel-ready projects to help jump-start creating an Age Friendly Community! Dalton's park with feature 5 or 6 pieces of exercise equipment at 3 stations. Now folks will be able to exercise with friends and also take advantage of the open space for group classes and neighborhood walks. HOORAY!!!! We are proud of Dalton for joining the AFB movement and are pleased to be working with them on this and other, Action Plan goals.
A good turnout for the 2017 Alzheimer's walk. A good time was had by all.