Council on Aging

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YOUR DOWNTOWN. 

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RiverMills Curbside Pick-Up Menu

RiverMills will continue to offer its curbside meal pick-up program through the winter. Meals are available Monday through Friday and cost $3. Meals must be reserved at least a day before by calling 534-3698. You must give your name and phone number and confirm you are an older adult who lives in Chicopee. Due to the cold temperatures, meals will be distributed between 1 to 2 p.m. starting in January. If you’re in line after 2 p.m. you will not be turned away. Thank you for your understanding. Please pick up your meal by going down the hill and around to the back entrance. The meals are cooked on site, but must be heated up again at home.

In case of snow, please go to WWLP Channel 22 to see if the meal program has been cancelled for that day. Or, go to our Facebook page by searching for RiverMills Center Chicopee Council on Aging. Meal cancellations will also be posted on our page of the city website at www.chicopeema.gov.


Please Bring the Correct Change to Pay for Your Meals.

With the colder weather upon us, we ask that you would keep our staff in mind and bring the correct dollar amount when paying for your meal/s. This will help us to speed up the curbside pick-up process and make it easier for our staff who will be working in the colder weather. We appreciate your understanding. Thank you.

Here is the RiverMills Curbside Pick- Up menu for next 2 week (meals are subject to change). You must call to place your order: 534-3698.

Monday, 12/7 - Kielbasa w/Sauerkraut & Egg noodle 

Tuesday- Chicken Stir Fry w/Rice

Wednesday- Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwich 

Thursday- Sweet & Sour Chicken Thighs

Friday- Baked Breaded White Fish w/Tater Tots 

Weekend meal: Hot Dog and Beans

*Weekend meal must be requested when ordering. 

*Please bring the correct change to pay for your meals.

Monday, 12/14 - Breaded Chicken Sandwich w/Chips

Tuesday- Shepherd’s Pie

Wednesday- Chicken Caesar Salad

Thursday- Turkey Pot Pie w/Biscuit

Friday- American Chop Suey

Weekend meal: Hot Dog and Beans

*Weekend meal must be requested when ordering.

*Please bring the correct change to pay for your meals.


Download Menu for weeks of 12/07-12/18/2020

RiverMills Programming On Zoom  

Though RiverMills Center remains closed to the public, we are rolling out programming via Zoom. Our goal is to make this transition as simple as possible for our members. If you would like to participate but are unfamiliar with Zoom, our Program Technician can help you get connected. To schedule an appointment for assistance, please call Jona at 413-534-3698 ext.104, or send an email to: jruiz@chicopeema.gov 

Note: Though you can use Zoom without a camera some programming will require a camera. Call Jona for more details. 

For a list of up and coming online program visit the RiverMills Reminder Newsletter page or click here. 

Dial-A-Lawyer: Free Legal Advice by Phone for Elders

The Massachusetts Bar Association sponsors a monthly Dial-A-Lawyer program and encourages members of the public to call our hotline for free legal advice. Dial-A-Lawyer attorney volunteers are in good standing and have a wide variety of legal experience.

On the first Wednesday of every month, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., attorneys are available at (617) 338-0610 or (877) 686-0711 to answer questions on a variety of topics, including family law, bankruptcy, employment, estate planning, real estate, consumer rights and more.

Questions? Contact the MBA Community Service Department at (617) 338-0695 or via email at communityservices@massbar.org.


End with Care Free Webinars 

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End With Care is an educational resource that provides and promotes public, professional, and institutional awareness of end-of-life care issues. They present valuable information and offer an easy to use directory of care and service providers throughout Massachusetts, to assist individuals, their loved ones, and caregivers with end-of-life needs.

End with Care is introducing the first of their new free webinars and invite you to view: Advance Care Planning: "The What, Why, and How to speak for yourself...even if you're unable to speak for yourself." Delivered on-demand through their website, this free webinar is pre-recorded, so viewers can watch anytime that’s convenient for them. To start click the link below:

https://www.endwithcare.org/webinar

Chicopee Senior Transportation

The Transportation Department at RiverMills Center is doing rides to supermarkets, pharmacies, and doctor’s appointments. Riders must adhere to new passenger safety standards. See below for more information. Please reach out to our Transportation Department if you have an emergency need at 413-536-5733. Please leave a message and someone will get back to you.


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Duties & Responsibilities


The duties of the Council on Aging are to: 
  • Identify the needs of older adults 55 years or older & their younger spouses residing in the City
  • Educate the community & City officials
  • Enlist the support & participation of all citizens concerning those needs
  • Design, promote, & implement services to fill those needs

Services & Grants


The Council also coordinates existing services in the City & promotes & supports other programs which are designed to assist older adults in the community. The Council identifies funding sources, applies for appropriate grants, & administers grant-funded programs.

The Council on Aging must be aware of state & federal legislation concerning funding, information, exchange, & program planning to improve community programming for older adults.

Areas of Assistance


The Senior Center is committed to assisting and improving the quality of life for older adults in the areas of:
  • Community service
  • Good health maintenance
  • Lifelong learning
  • Mobility
  • Recreation
  • Related informational services