Senior Center FAQ

What age do I have to be to participate in Senior Center activities?
Programs and trips are for Hopkinton residents age 60+,  however we welcome non-residents and younger adults to take advantage of some of our programs as space allows.  To check out our activities you may download a copy of our Hilltopper newsletter which is mailed directly to residents 60+.  (You may also request to receive the newsletter via email if you desire by calling 508-497-9730)
Do I need to join the Senior Center in order to participate in activities?
You do not have to join or pay dues to participate in activities at the senior center, however some events and programs may have a fee to help cover expenses or require you to sign up in advance.  Please call if you have any questions - 508 497-9730.
What is the membership form on the back of the Hilltopper Newsletter for?
Membership to the Friends of the Hopkinton Senior Citizens, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, is optional.  Monies raised by the Friends is used to cover expenses not covered in the Town budget, especially the nutrition and transportation programs.
If I leave my parent at the Senior Center, will someone keep an eye on him/her? Are seniors supervised at all times?

Our activities and programs are designed for physically and/or mentally active seniors.  We are not staffed to assist and stay with any one individual, but we welcome aides or family members who accompany seniors who need assistance.

Our Outreach Department can also advise you on home or adult day care programs and/or help you assess the needs of a parent or other senior.

Is the Hopkinton Senior Center limited to Hopkinton residents only?
All seniors are welcome at the Hopkinton Senior Center.  However, some programs and activities may be restricted to Hopkinton Seniors first with all others placed on a waiting list if necessary.  (Some events sponsored by local clubs or town departments are limited to only Hopkinton Seniors, such as the Southborough Rod & Gun Club's annual senior dinner, and the Holiday Party sponsored by the Hopkinton Police Association.)
Do you need volunteers? How do I apply to be a volunteer?
We love our volunteers and are always looking for more!  Feel free to pick up an application at the front desk or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sue Stewart at (508) 497-9730 Ext. 1618  to make an appointment to discuss with the kinds of activities you might like to do. You may also email her at sstewart@hopkintonma.gov. A CORI (Criminal Offender Record Check) must be processed before a volunteer can begin volunteering.  Confidentiality is of the utmost importance to Senior Center staff, as well as our attendees and volunteers.  For more volunteer information: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/departments/senior_center/volunteering.php
Somebody told me I can have my taxes done at no cost. Is this true?
We have AARP volunteers trained in tax preparation available in February and March by appointment for low and moderate income households only.  These AARP tax prep volunteers cannot handle businesses, rental properties, estates, etc. Call the Senior Center (508-497-9730) in late January to schedule an appointment.
Do you provide transportation to medical appointments?
We do provide transportation to local medical appointments, typically within a half hour's drive radius of Hopkinton, provided for by volunteer drivers.  This is a curb to curb service; riders must be able to enter and exit a vehicle without assistance.  At this time, due to the limited number of volunteer drivers this service is only offered to seniors not residing in congregate senior living facilities.  We request appointments are made earlier in the day when possible, particularly in the winter months, and that the request for transportation be made at least 3 days in advance of the appointment.  When available, the wheelchair accessible bus may be scheduled for appointments; a companion may accompany the individual needing this service. For more information: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/departments/senior_center/transportation.php

Do you have a food pantry available?
The local Food Pantry is located at Project Just Because, 109 South Street, Hopkinton, MA. (508-435-6511)   Check their website for more information. www.ProjectJustBecause.org.
Is someone available to answer my questions concerning health insurance and prescriptions?
The Hopkinton Senior Center has a certified SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Everyone) Counselor on site every Tuesday between 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Please contact the Senior Center at 508-497-9730 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Do you provide transportation to the Senior Center and to local stores?

The Senior Center provides transportation 4 days a week - Tuesday through Friday.  Schedule listed below could be subject to change.

Tuesday           9:00 - 12:30 Local errands and Senior Center activities

12:45 - 3:00 Shopping (various discount stores)

Approx. 3:30 rides home from Center


Wednesday     9:00 - 12:30 Local errands and Senior Center activities

1 - 3:30 Mall Walking – Solomon Pond, (departs Center at 1:00

returning 3:30 - rides home)


Thursday         9:00 - 12:30 Local errands and Senior Center activities

12:30 - 3:00 Market Basket - Bellingham


Friday              9:00 - 12:30 Local errands and Senior Center activities

1 - 2 Bread/Milk Run to Price Chopper (Early reservations requested)



Suggested ride donation (unless otherwise stated):

$1 Round trip within Hopkinton

$3 Round trip outside of Hopkinton

 
I am interested in Senior Housing. Where do I  go to apply?
The Senior Housing Authority is located at 100 Davis Road in Hopkinton.  You can call reach their offices at 508-435-6022.