Council on Aging (COA)

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The Council on Aging Chair can be reached by email at; Judi ~ if you would like more information on any of the COA's programs.

No meetings currently scheduled.


7 of 7 seats. 3 years each seat.

  • Judi Fonsh, Co-chair. 2026.
  • Judy Raphael, Co-chair, Treasurer. 2025.
  • John Szczesny, Member. 2024.
  • Jya Plavin, member. 2025.
  • Sue Nagy , Member. 2025.
  • Linda Hoer, member. 2026.
  • Tom Wolff, member. 2026.

COVID Vaccine Information in Franklin County


Read the Leverett Elders Studies Needs Assessment, a collaborative project of the Leverett Council on Aging and Town Common Research conducted throughout 2022. You may also review the presentation given at the Leverett Library on Saturday May 21, 2023. These materials are also available in the list of files at the bottom of this page.


Services Available

Take it easy Yoga is currently on Zoom and in person. A $6.00 donation is suggested. Contact Nancy Paglia at:
A Foot Clinic is held at the Town Hall on the third Tuesday of the month starting on Dec. 16, 2021. A $25-45 donation is suggested. Call 367-9573 for information or to make an appointment.


LifePath, Formerly Franklin County Home Care Corp helps older Americans, persons with disabilities and caregivers maximize independence and quality of life by providing information, consultation, referral, assistance with care transitions, and services to support and assist them.

Fuel Assistance-Community Action -- Community Action's Energy Programs are committed to helping community members with low income in Franklin and Hampshire Counties cover their energy costs. Their programs work to reduce energy consumption, improve heating systems, and help pay a portion of fuel and utility bills. Schedule an appointment online or call Community Action at 800-370-0940 or 413-774-2310 for more information.

PVTA Dial-a Ride -- PVTA offers door-to-door, demand responsive accessible van service to seniors over the age of 60 throughout the PVTA's 24 member communities. Senior Service trips are provided, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday, on a space available basis with priority given to certified ADA passengers in accordance with federal law.There is no application process for Senior Service. Prospective passengers who are 60 years or older and live within any one of the 24 member communities must call the Reservation Office at (413) 739-7436 or toll-free 866-277-7741 for their one-time registration upon booking their first trip. Registration cannot take place unless a trip is booked.

RSVP of the Pioneer Valley links people 55 and older who wish to share their time and expertise with community organizations.

The TRIAD Program of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is a crime-prevention and wellness initiative aimed at protecting the safety and welfare of senior citizens throughout the county. Medical Equipment Loan Program -- In an effort to keep people in their homes as long as they can safely live there, TRIAD provides/delivers donated medical equipment such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, commodes, canes, walkers and rollators. All equipment is free of charge.

Village Neighbors is a volunteer, non-profit organization that serves aging adults in 4 rural Massachusetts towns - Shutesbury, Leverett, Wendell, and New Salem. Their mission is to help aging adults lead independent and engaged lives at home.

Please call the Council on Aging at 413-548-1022 ext. 2 if you would like more information.

Leverett Council on Aging Announcement

COA Survey on suggestions for monthly presentations/speakers.

The speaker for the month of September was John Ingram, Leverett Fire Chief. Chief Ingram and Captain Rice joined the Friday lunch group on the 23th of September.

The flaming pot was a big hit. Check with the Fire Department to find out about all the items you can obtain through them at no cost.

Mr. O'Connor from FRCOG spoke about emergency preparedness on June 28th, 10:00 am, at the Town Hall. He distributed some useful information and a few "freebies".

Hospice of Franklin County gave a presentation on their services including palliative care and bereavement support as well as health care proxies and MOLST (medical orders for life sustaining treatment) on Monday, May 16, 10:30am at the Leverett Library Community Room, 75 Montague Road, Leverett, Ma. We hope to have more informative speakers in the future. Please fill out the above survey and drop it off at the town hall to let us know in what you are interested.

Leverett Homeownership Assistance Program

Leverett Homeowner Rehabilitation Grant Program

Previous meetings:

Council on Aging Meetings

Council on Aging Files

Calendar of Events
Thu, Jun 27, 2024, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom Virtual Meeting
Posted to: Select Board
Board of Health -- DRAFT AGENDA
Mon, Jul 1, 2024, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Town Hall and Remote Call-In
Posted to: Board of Health
Select Board -- SCHEDULED
Tue, Jul 2, 2024, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Town Hall/remote
Posted to: Select Board
Mon, Jul 8, 2024, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Historic Assets Yearly Review - meet in person 6pm at Town Hall (outside)
Select Board -- SCHEDULED
Tue, Jul 16, 2024, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Town Hall/remote
Posted to: Select Board
Select Board -- SCHEDULED
Tue, Jul 30, 2024, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Town Hall/remote
Posted to: Select Board
Latest News
June newsletter attached.
Materials for the meeting