With the COVID-19 pandemic, the Claire Teague Senior Center has altered operations for the health and safety of our clientele and staff. Although our doors are closed to visitors, our staff is working every weekday at the Center to provide assistance and support for our town’s seniors by phone and email and by special appointment.

Our services have been adjusted as follows:

  • Our fitness and other on-site activities are suspended at this time.
  • On-site Community Lunches are also suspended at this time. However, we provide take-out lunches (suggested $2 donation) for pick-up, and seniors are asked to call (413) 528-1881 to reserve lunch one day in advance.
  • Community Lunch meals are available daily for pickup, starting at 11:30 a.m. The menu can be found here.
  • Seniors with transportation needs can contact the Southern Berkshire Elderly Transportation, at (413) 528-4773.

For comprehensive information about resources for town residents during COVID-19, please visit the Town of Great Barrington COVID-19 
information page.

Seniors with any questions, concerns or support needs are asked to call our office, (413) 528-1881, for assistance. We are here to help you.

Join Kate Doran for a 45-minute chair-based online yoga class. We start sitting in the chair, then stand up and use the chair for balance in some standing postures, and then we get down on the floor for the last part of the practice. You only need to get up off the floor once! Enjoy and Namaste.

Learn about wearing face coverings and cloth masks in public to slow the spread of COVID-19, as required in Governor Baker’s Executive Order.

A couple years ago, my daughter, Lily took me to the Albany Tulip Festival for Mother’s Day. It was such a beautiful day…I got a plethora of gorgeous photos and will cherish the day forever.

Here’s a little video of this year’s beautiful blooms!! Enjoy!

 

https://youtu.be/oemFmgxcNaY

Ken Roht from the Orphean Circus has compiled a large work of short stories that you and the reader can choose from. The reader (a volunteer from the Medical Reserve Corps) calls you once a week and they read for 15 min or so and then just check in. You can pick a book from what they have available or pick one of your own, just depending on your interest.

 

WE READ STORIES WRS COA Referral Form. 5.9.2020

 

If you are interested in receiving a call for a short story from this fun new program,
please call 528-1881

 

While Southern Berkshire Elderly Transportation has temporarily shut down due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Sheffield senior van has offered to fill in until SBETC returns.

If you need transportation for medical appointments or shopping, call Kathie Loring at 413-229-7037.
Please make sure to wear a mask.
Thank you Sheffield!!

Nourishing neighbors is a south county meal program, providing 500 meals from local restaurants weekly!

WHO: Meals are available for all community members in the southern Berkshires needing extra support at this time, especially our senior population, those who have lost their jobs, and those otherwise financially struggling.

WHEN: Wednesdays, 1 pm-3 pm (For any updates or changes, follow Berkshire South’s Facebook page) – Please, no early birds!

WHERE: Berkshire So Regional Community Center, drive thru*. 15 Crissey Road, Gt. Barrington. **If you’re not able to drive, please contact [email protected]  and we’ll deliver to you! The deadline to request delivery every week is Tuesday at 10am so that we are able to plan ahead. If you do not have e-mail access, please call the senior center at 528-1881 and we will schedule delivery for you.

DETAILS: This is a contactless system, please stay in your car. We’ll be happy to take your order to you curbside. Questions: please email [email protected]

HOW: We are so grateful for Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the COVID 19 Emergency Response Fund. We’re also thankful for Berkshire Bounty for delivery assistance, Price Chopper and M Designs for their donations of bags & masks, respectively (Community donations will be welcomed shortly).

Elder Abuse Hotline:

Please check on your senior neighbors. If you have a concern about their safety, you can call the Elder Abuse Hotline at 800-922-2275.

 

COVID-19 has an impact on families caring for people who are living with Dementia! The Alzheimer’s Association is still fully operational and continuing to help families each day. Their 24/7 HELPLINE is available at 800-272-3900 to anyone who needs to talk about the challenges of demetia during this time. They can help with feelings of isolation and link you to important resources that can help through this uncertain time.
In addition, they are now offering all their educational programs and support groups virtually on line. You can learn more at:
https://www.alzmassnh.org/virtual-programs

The Great Barrington Health Department has put together this list of special shopping hours for immune-compromised and senior (60+) shoppers in Great Barrington.