What age do I have to be to participate in Senior Center activities?
The Hilltopper newsletter is sent to Hopkinton Seniors age 60 and over, but we encourage younger adult residents to take advantage of some of our programs if there is space available. Our informational programs on Health and/or Elder Affairs are open to everyone and a phone call if you are attending is appreciated. In addition, our wheelchair accessible bus seats 14. Day Trips are often full, and Hopkinton Seniors will get first preference. Others will be on a space available waiting list. If someone needs assistance they can inquire about taking a companion, aid or family member with them. Some Day Trips are not recommended for the physically challenged and should be discussed with the trip coordinator when making a reservation.
How do I join the Senior Center?
The Senior Center is a service of the Town of Hopkinton for its mature residents. Everyone is welcome. You do not have to join or pay dues, although some events and programs may have a fee to help cover expenses or require you to sign up in advance.
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, 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?
Senior Centers are typically for physically and/or mentally active seniors. We are not staffed to assist and stay with any one individual. Our Outreach Department can advise on home care, or adult day care and help you access the needs of a senior. We welcome aides or family members for seniors who are in need of assistance.
Is the Hopkinton Senior Center limited to Hopkinton residents only?
NO – Seniors are welcome at any Senior Center, but some programs and activities may be restricted to Hopkinton Seniors first and all others may have their names put on a waiting list for available space. 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 always need more volunteers. Feel free to pick up an application at the front desk or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sue Stewart at (508) 497-9730 Ext. 1618 or by email at email@example.com to make an appointment to discuss with the coordinator the kinds of activities you might like to do. A CORI (Criminal Offender Record Check) must be processed before a volunteer can begin volunteering. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance to the Outreach Department and Senior Center staff, as well as our volunteers.
Somebody told me I can have my taxes done at no cost. Is this true?
Yes, however, this is for low and moderate income only. We have AARP volunteers trained in tax preparation here in February and March by appointment only. However, these volunteers cannot handle businesses, rental properties, estates, etc. Call the Senior Center in late January to schedule an appointment.
Do you provide transportation to medical appointments?
Yes, we have a list of volunteer drivers who have been CORI checked. We are limited to the distance the volunteers travel; typically within a half hour's drive radius of Hopkinton. We request appointments are made earlier in the day, particularly in the winter months, and that the request be made 4-7 days in advance of the appointment. There is no charge but the driver should be reimbursed for any toll or parking fees incurred. An envelope will be available for anyone who wants to show their appreciation by making a donation payable to the Friends of the Hopkinton Seniors to defray the volunteer's mileage reimbursement. Call Amy Beck at 508 497-9730 to arrange a ride for your medical appointment.
Do you have a food pantry available?
The Food Pantry has been moved to Project Just Because, 86 South Street, Hopkinton, MA. (508) 435-6511. www.ProjectJustBecause.org.
Is someone available to answer my questions concerning health insurance and prescriptions?
The Hopkinton Senior Center has certified SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elderly) Counselors. Appointments are made for every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or by special request. Please contact the front desk at (508) 497-9730.