The Town of Pelham

Council On Aging

There are currently three vacancies One regular member AND TWO associate member vacancies . Please consider joining the COA.

Link to Caregiver and Senior Presentation October 26 2017

Thanks to all those that attended the COA and Lions Club Potluck Picnic. We hope that those that attended had a great lunch and learned valuable information.

OUR NEXT EVENT is being planned. We are hoping for an intergenerational music presentation by the Pelham Elementary Chorus for December. More details to follow.

We held our annual Flu Clinic and had hoped to beat our last years record for FLU Clinic attendees but this did not happen.

Our next COA meetings are scheduled for November 7, 2017 and December 5, 2017. We meet in the Ramsdell Room in the Library Complex at 5 PM. Everyone is welcome and we welcome your suggestions.

Eli Kwartler is the COA Outreach Worker If you are 65 years or older, please contact Eli with any questions you may have about services you may be eligible for including Medicare Shine questions. He can be reached at 413-253-2929 or

Pelham's veterans agent is Steven Connor in Northampton His phone number is 413 259 3028

Highland Valley Elder Services-Evidenced Based Healthy Aging

Since 2004, Highland Valley Elder Services has participated in the statewide Stanford Model to offer consumers and caregiver’s educational programs developed by Stanford University. Currently Highland Valley has trained master trainers, leaders, trained staff and volunteers who conduct workshops using a curriculum developed by Stanford University. The workshop series provides information and teaches skills on managing specific health issues. Are leaders offer workshops in Chronic Disease Self-Management, Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Cancer:Thriving and Surviving and A Matter of Balance. The goal of all programs is to enable participants to build self-confidence to assume an active role in maintaining their health and managing their medical condition.

Highland Valley participates with the Healthy Living Center for Excellence at Elder Services of Merrimack Valley and the Western Mass Consortium of Healthy Aging Programs.

The Healthy Living Center of Excellence model promotes the integration of evidenced-based self- management programs. The programs are held in diverse community settings within the health care delivery system, through collaboration with community-based organizations, health care providers and plans, government, foundations and for profit-partners.

Matter of Balance Program: Many older adults experience a fear of falling. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.

A Matter of Balance includes eight two-hour sessions for a small group led by a trained facilitator. This nationally recognized program was developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University. During the class, participants learn to: 1) view falls as controllable 2) set goals for increasing activity 3) make changes to reduce fall risk at home 4) exercise to increase strength and balance

Who should attend A Matter of Balance? The program was designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who: 1) are concerned about falls 2) have sustained falls in the past 3) restrict activities because of concerns about falling 4) are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength 5) are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem solve.

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Pelham will soon have a Med Ride Program

Come to the Council on Aging Meeting on

October 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM

in the Ramsdell Room for more information.

Judy Rudolph wonderfully volunteered her services for setting up the program and is working on the forms necessary for implementation. We will be looking for responsible drivers to be trained and CORI checked so we can actually help those needing rides to Medical appointments. Do you know anyone willing and able to help? Once the actual program is finalized there will be more information on the med ride program details here.



Recently a number of residents have received SCAM phone messages that say the IRS is opening a claim for money that you owe or similar wording. Please do not give any personal information to the caller especially not Social Security or bank account information or verify date of birth.


Your Council on Aging Chairperson For the time being is Kathy Martell and can be reached at 413-253-0512 for information or suggestions.

Your Outreach Person is Eli Kwartler He can be reached at 413-253-2929 or


There will be more special events planned including a Pot Luck Picnic event being planned for the Spring. Check this website for upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you all!

Congregate Meal are no longer being held. You are welcome to attend Amherst or Belchertown Luncheons. Just call the Senior Center in the town you wish to attend and find out the deadline for requesting a luncheon meal.





The Council on Aging Monthly meetings are generally held monthly on Wednesdays at the Ramsdell Room in the Library Complex 2 South Valley Road. Check the Townof notice board meeting times and dates. They are open meetings. If you have any ideas for COA events that you would like to have the COA involved with or sponsor we would like to hear from you.