Senior Services

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information: 

Stay Connected

The Amherst Senior Center remains committed to meeting the needs of our senior community. Our office remains open to help you, though we are not open for public visits. Call us!  413-259-3060. With the information we have at this time about the science of transmission, the projected course of the virus, and steps necessary to protect the senior population, we do not anticipate reopening for in-person programming through the end of the year. We will continue to monitor the science, readjust and still provide many services: 

  • SHINE Counseling 
  • Social Work Services 
  • Housing Assistance 
  • Senior Health Services Nurse phone consultations  
  • Home Delivered Meals, 
  • Take Out lunches 
  • Online programming 

We are working with town officials, as well as state agencies developing best practices to eventually allow partial programming and services, when it is safe. We have been busy examining the many modifications necessary to resume opening. We are drafting protocols for reopening and evaluating everything from participant screening practices, contact logs, measures to maintain physical distance, occupancy limits, rearrangement of space, reviewing programs for safety, and safety guidelines for shared objects.


While things are in flux, the constant that remains is you remain the center of our efforts. 


Please continue to remain safe and well by wearing a mask, maintaining physically distance, and washing your hands!



We have secured funding to buy several tablets to begin building a TECHNOLOGY LOAN PROGRAM. If you are interested in receiving a loaned tablet call 259-3060. We will ask a few questions to determine eligibility. As our technology arrives, we will deliver it ready to use!





Amherst Senior Center Playlist

Classes for Your BODY & MIND

Healthy Bones & Balance  The popular class is online! Exercises are suitable for everyone, can be done in a chair. Classes on Zoom Mondays & Wednesdays 10-11am. Contact Betsy Howlett at for the Zoom link. 

Gentle Chair Yoga with Jaymie Try gentle yoga and feel better! Fridays 10-11am. Contact Betsy Howlett  at for the Zoom link. 

Chair Yoga with Lara.  Lara’s relaxing chair yoga classes are on  Channel 12 Amherst Media. Wednesdays at 9 am and Saturdays at 5 pm. Her classes are also on our Facebook page: Town of Amherst Senior Center. 

Folk Dancing Join Eva Goldwater & learn dances from home. Tuesdays 3:30-4:30. To join this Zoom class contact Eva:  for the Zoom link. 

Cosmology  & Theoretical Physics Jim Van Luik, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy of Science presents this ever popular class online Tuesdays 1-3 pm. Contact Florence Rosenstock: for the Zoom link.  

Shakespeare. Read The Tempest with a group of devoted literature lovers. Thursdays at 10:30 am. Contact for Zoom link.