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Health and Wellness

Kay Cooney, Advanced Practice Geriatric Nurse and Wellness Coach, shares her 30 yr plus years of medical experience. Her informative talks with COA Director Joanne Moore were developed to help you feel connected, stay healthy and reduce your anxiety caused by social distancing and isolation during these challenging times.  Don’t forget to add password after clicking on the link. Enjoy!

Topic: Kay Meeting #1 – Coronavirus- Tips to continue to keep us safe
Start Time : Jul 14, 2020 08:04 AM

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Topic: Kay Meeting #2 – Advanced Care Planning
Start Time : Jul 14, 2020 08:57 AM

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Topic: Kay meeting #3 – Falls Prevention
Start Time : Jul 14, 2020 09:30 AM

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Topic: Kay Talks #4 – Medication Management
Start Time : Jul 14, 2020 10:01 AM

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SHINE -Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone

These YouTube videos were created to help you and family members navigate the complicated world of  health insurance.SHINE counselors are available to assist consumers with Medicare questions and decisions. Counselors are available for appointments by phone and/or via virtual web platforms as needed. Consumers should contact their local senior centers for more information on setting up an appointment. Call 844-422-6277 if you need to locate a SHINE counselor in your area.

SHINE  is still open!​

SHINE Guidance for Enrolling in Medicare after a Job Loss

Medicare Coverage During COVID -19- Know Your Benefits

Beware of “Free” Medicare Benefits- Let SHINE help you do your homework!

A Conversation with Kathy Devine of Prescription Advantage

COVID-19 Contact Tracing- What to Expect if You Get a Call

 The Frail Elder Waiver- Help For Keeping Your Loved One at Home


Watch these videos from Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS). Please reach out to Colleen Massey, at if you would like more information to schedule an interactive session via Zoom or on another platform with the older adults in your community.

Medication Safety


Programs and Strategies that help with Medication Costs


Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

A national organization representing consumers with hearing loss. The programs and events are designed to focus on you—the person. HLAA strives to give people the tools they need to live more successfully with hearing loss and to show them they do not have to face hearing loss alone.


Low Vision

Hadley Phone discussion groups of low vision people
The mission of Hadley is to create personalized learning opportunities that empower adults with vision loss or blindness to thrive – at home, at work, and in their communities.


Perkins Braille and Talking Library
Perkins Library provides free services to Massachusetts residents unable to read traditional print materials due to a visual or physical disability. Perkins Trivia Night & Friday Entertainment (spelling bee, family feud, audio described documentaries – for vision impaired or reading-disabled)


Perkins TeleFun Calls
These are recurring scheduled programs happening every week, patrons can call a special toll free number and enter a special meeting ID to be connected with other Perkins Library patrons from across the state. There are activities scheduled for almost every day, games like trivia, name-that-song, and family feud, are hosted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1 pm. We also have Monday Movie Matinees every Monday at 10 am, as well as a Listening Library hour with radio dramas Thursdays at 2:30 pm. We are also planning on adding new content soon to include a poetry group and a virtual classroom where patrons can listen to audio-described educational videos and documentaries over the phone from the comfort of their own home. To join the fun you will first need to contact Beth at 617-972-7241 or email to sign up.


Medicare Info

See If You Can Save on Your Medicare Costs with the MassHealth Buy Programs!

SHINE’s own Michelle Gucciardi is the guest on Frank and Mary cable Access show in Framingham



AARP of Massachusetts is working to End Loneliness and Build Community. Check out these initiatives for ways to help older adults in our communities stay connected.

Massachusetts Councils
on Aging

116 Pleasant Street, Suite 306
Easthampton, MA 01027
Telephone: 413-527-6425
Fax: 413-527-7138