Health & Wellness
The Foot Clinic
This is one of our most popular programs. Registered nurses from Foot Care by Nurses come to the Senior Center usually three times a month (see Calendar and Newsletter for exact dates). Each appointment takes up to 30 minutes and includes nail clipping, callous removal and foot massage. First time users of this service will have a 45 minute session with an additional one time cost of $15.00 in addition to the base charge. Cost per session is $35.00 ($30.00 for Ashland, Buckland and Shelburne seniors thanks to gifts to the Senior Center). Call the Senior Center at 625-2502 for appointments. For home visits, call 413-367-8369.
Susanne Recos, certified by the American Reflexology Certification Board, is available for personal appointments here at the Senior Center. Please call 625-2502 to make a half-hour appointment for Susanne to work on your hands, or a one-hour appointment to work on your feet. Members $10 for hands, $25.00 for feet; non-member residents $15.00 for hands, $30.00 for feet.
Walk-In Wellness (aka "Ask the Nurse)
Available the fourth Tuesday of every month from 10:30 AM to Noon. Regional Public Health Nurse Lisa White, RN, is available for one-on-one health counseling. The nurse can provide information, take your blood pressure, check your blood glucose, collect mercury thermometers and needles, and supply you with a safe collection box. This service is provided through Buckland and Shelburne’s membership in the Cooperative Public Health Service district based at Franklin Regional Council of Governments. For more information, call Nurse Lisa White at 413-665-1400, ext. 114
Mondays and Thursdays at the Senior Center and Wednesdays in Ashfield at the First Congregational Church, 429 Main Street. This program is taught by Board Certified Tai Chi instructors. The regular practice of tai chi helps relieve joint pain, muscle stiffness, and reduces high blood pressure, among other effects. These classes are ongoing and newcomers are always welcome.
Monday and Thursday classes are at the Senior Center, and are led by Lois Bascom, 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM. on Monday, and 9:00-9:45 a.m. on Thursday. Cost - free for members, $10.00 per month for non-members.
Wednesday are classes led by Deb Yaffee, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM, at the First Congregational Church, 429 Main Street, Ashfield. Cost is $24 per month for members and $40.00 per month for non-members.
Healthy Bones and Balance Class
Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at the Center; Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at St. John’s Corner, 469 Main Street, Ashfield
RSVP, the volunteer connector for people 55 and over in the Pioneer Valley, sponsor a self-paced, low impact, one-hour exercise class to promote healthy bones and balance. It is an ongoing program, led by instructors trained by RSVP. Exercises can be done sitting or standing and the classes are free thanks to our volunteers. Donations from non-members are welcome.
Wednesdays and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The Wednesday classes are guided by a yoga CD. Larry Baird leads the Thursday classes. For each class we ask you to register and pay by the month. The fee for Ashfield, Buckland and Shelburne residents is $10.00 per month for once per week, and $15.00 a month for twice per week. Non-member residents pay either $20.00 or $25.00.