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NEWSLETTERS

The ‘Senior Bulletin’ newsletter is a bi-weekly roundup of CMAA updates, local events, and resources geared towards older adults and caregivers in our region.

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – March 28, 2022

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CMAA UPDATES

 North Central MA Senior Home Repair Program

We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Habitat for Humanity of North Central Massachusetts for a new program that helps older homeowners receive home repair support. From installing accessibility features to fixing an old deck, the Senior Home Repair program can help! Call 978-349-2749 for details.

 

Become a Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman!

Volunteer ombudsmen visit residents of local nursing homes and rest homes on a regular basis and investigate resident concerns regarding personal care, personal belongings, roommate problems, food concerns, or any other issues that impact their quality of life in the home. Volunteers also report observations, resolve complaints, provide guidance and support for the families of these residents, and advocate for residents’ rights. Reliable  transportation is a must. Volunteers must also pass a CORI check and have proof of COIVD-19 vaccination. The Massachusetts Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program requires volunteers to commit to at least one year of their time, spending 1-2 hours per week with residents at an assigned nursing home or rest home.

To learn more, email OMB@seniorconnection.org or call 508-853-1373.

 

EVENTS & RESOURCES

COVID & Beyond: Services and Resources for Diverse Older Adults

USAging invites older adults, people living with disabilities, their families and caregivers to join a webinar for a panel discussion on accessing services and resources as we navigate the ongoing pandemic and look towards recovery. The webinar takes place on Thursday, March 31st from 3:30-5:30 ET.

Click here to register!

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

There have been significant updates to mask policies and guidelines across the region. For the latest information, please consult your town or city’s public health department.

 

 

Looking for a complete schedule of COVID-19 vaccines and testing in Worcester? Here’s a complete schedule for the entire month of March! Please note the change starting the week of the 21st and plan accordingly. Make the most of your spring by getting up to date on your vaccine and getting tested.

EVENTS & RESOURCES

 

A reminder for folks near Worcester! WCAC’s Tax Assistance Drop Off site has been relocated to Worcester Public Library. They are open the following times through April 2nd:

  • Tuesdays 5:00-7:00pm
  • Wednesdays 3:00-7:00pm
  • Fridays & Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm

Online assistance available at www.WCAC.net/VITA

 

 

Feeling stressed, burned out, or anxious? Come listen as Michele Morin from Gardner Rehab helps folks discover how to deal with stress!

Tuesday, April 12

11:00am

Templeton Senior Center

Maximum 20 participants. Light refreshments and handouts will be provided. Call 978-894-2787 by April 6 to register. 

 

 

You may have heard that cell phone carriers are removing service for 3G cell phones and device. What can you do about it?

It’s time to upgrade to 5G! Take a look at these helpful infographics to learn more.

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin –March 14, 2022

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CMAA UPDATES

Become a Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman!

Volunteer ombudsmen visit residents of local nursing homes and rest homes on a regular basis and investigate resident concerns regarding personal care, personal belongings, roommate problems, food concerns, or any other issues that impact their quality of life in the home. Volunteers also report observations, resolve complaints, provide guidance and support for the families of these residents, and advocate for residents’ rights. Reliable  transportation is a must. Volunteers must also pass a CORI check and have proof of COIVD-19 vaccination. The Massachusetts Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program requires volunteers to commit to at least one year of their time, spending 1-2 hours per week with residents at an assigned nursing home or rest home.

To learn more, email OMB@seniorconnection.org or call 508-853-1373.

 

 

CMAA Partners with Habitat for Humanity of North Central MA for Senior Home Repair Program

We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Habitat for Humanity of North Central Massachusetts for a new program that helps older homeowners receive home repair support. From installing accessibility features to fixing an old deck, the Senior Home Repair program can help! Call 978-349-2749 for details.

 

Central Massachusetts Senior Dental Program Accepting Patients

Are you an older adult looking for preventative dental care in Central Mass? Check out the Central Massachusetts Senior Dental Clinic, a partnership between CMAA and Quinsigamond Community College’s Dental program. This clinic offers comprehensive dental assessments, cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments and other services for older adults ages 55+ in Central Massachusetts FREE OF CHARGE! Transportation to and from the clinic is provided by Yellow Cab, an additional program partner.

To schedule an appointment with the senior dental clinic, call 508-854-4306 Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

 

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

Looking for a complete schedule of COVID-19 vaccines and testing in Worcester? Here’s a complete schedule for the entire month of March! Please note the change starting the week of the 21st and plan accordingly. Make the most of your spring by getting up to date on your vaccine and getting tested.

 

You may have heard of “long COVID” or “long-term COVID-19,” but what does it mean? Take a look at this article from The Washington Post to learn more.

“The term, a widely used catchall phrase for persistent symptoms that can range from mild to debilitating and last for weeks, months or longer, is technically known as Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection, or PASC.”

 

There have been significant updates to mask policies and guidelines across the region. For the latest information, please consult your town or city’s public health department.

 

EVENTS & RESOURCES

The Pepperell Senior Center is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Monday, March 7th from 12:00-1:00pm. Join them for corn beef and cabbage along with music by the St. Patrick’s Day Quartet! Click here for more information.

 

 

The Making Connections Memory Café at the Worcester Senior Center

Join Deb, Patty, Jenn, and the folks at the Worcester Senior Center for the next in person gathering of Worcester’s Making Connections Memory Café. A safe and welcoming environment!

Tuesday

March 15th 2:00PM

Worcester Senior Center

128 Providence Street

Worcester MA

Performances by: Jim Perry & Johnny Bluehorn

Feel free to drop in or contact the Worcester Senior Center to RSVP.

 

 

Great news! The Templeton Senior Center has reopened for in-person activities. Check out their website or give them a call at 978-894-2787 to learn more.

 

 

Did you know that cell phone carriers are removing 3G cell phones and device service? It’s time to upgrade to 5G! Check out these helpful infographics to learn more.

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – February 23, 2022

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CMAA UPDATES

CMAA Partners with Habitat for Humanity of North Central MA for Senior Home Repair Program

We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Habitat for Humanity of North Central Massachusetts for a new program that helps older homeowners receive home repair support. From installing accessibility features to fixing an old deck, the Senior Home Repair program can help! Call 978-349-2749 for details.

 

 

Become a Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman!

Volunteer ombudsmen visit residents of local nursing homes and rest homes on a regular basis and investigate resident concerns regarding personal care, personal belongings, roommate problems, food concerns, or any other issues that impact their quality of life in the home. Volunteers also report observations, resolve complaints, provide guidance and support for the families of these residents, and advocate for residents’ rights. Reliable  transportation is a must. Volunteers must also pass a CORI check and have proof of COIVD-19 vaccination. The Massachusetts Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program requires volunteers to commit to at least one year of their time, spending 1-2 hours per week with residents at an assigned nursing home or rest home.

To learn more, email OMB@seniorconnection.org or call 508-853-1373.

 

Central Massachusetts Senior Dental Program Accepting Patients

Are you an older adult looking for preventative dental care in Central Mass? Check out the Central Massachusetts Senior Dental Clinic, a partnership between CMAA and Quinsigamond Community College’s Dental program. This clinic offers comprehensive dental assessments, cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments and other services for older adults ages 55+ in Central Massachusetts FREE OF CHARGE! Transportation to and from the clinic is provided by Yellow Cab, an additional program partner.

To schedule an appointment with the senior dental clinic, call 508-854-4306 Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

Looking for more information about vaccine booster shots? The Commonwealth has a helpful resource page with frequently asked questions. Click here for more!

 

From the Sentinel & Enterprise:

“The Spanish American Center is continuing its pandemic efforts with monthly vaccine clinics and other community outreach programs related to the virus and educating people about it. SAC hosts vaccine clinics at its 112 Spruce St. location on the last Wednesday of each month, with the next one on Feb. 23. They are typically open from 1 to 4 p.m. but next week’s clinic is special vacation week hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.”

 

Looking for help with how to reuse your N95, KN95, and other disposable masks? Click here for a full article!

EVENTS & RESOURCES

The Clinton Senior Center is hosting a “Stretching and Chiro Education Class” on Monday, March 7th from 12:00-1:00pm. Learn about the benefits of chiropractic care with this helpful program! Reserve your spot by calling Shannon at 978-733-4747 ext. 303

 

 

Money After Military presented by the Office of Economic Empowerment and the Massachusetts State Treasury

This webinar will connect veterans with organizations that assist with resume editing, job searches, and interview preparation. Learn more about the local and national groups that help veterans find a job!

Panelists from Candorful, FourBlock, MassHire, and RecruitMilitary will provide an introduction about their organizations and how Massachusetts veterans can utilize the services they provide.

Register here: https://bit.ly/VeteranJobWebinar

Please email veteransbonus@tre.state.ma.us to arrange reasonable accommodation or if you have any questions.

 

There has been a significant increase in romance-related scams, especially for older adults. Take a look at this helpful resource from the FTC to learn more about fraud prevention.

If you are looking for senior fraud support in Central Massachusetts, call the Senior Fraud Helpline at 800-297-9760.

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – February 1, 2022

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CMAA UPDATES

Watch Now!

Be A Safe Banker Webinar

How can older adults be safer with their banking? Find out with the help of CMAA and Lauren Piehl of Bay State Savings Bank! Click the link below to watch the full virtual presentation on how seniors can keep their finances secured, resist fraud, and more.

Click here to watch the webinar on our Facebook page.

 

CMAA UPDATES

Central Massachusetts Senior Dental Program Accepting Patients

Are you an older adult looking for preventative dental care in Central Mass? Check out the Central Massachusetts Senior Dental Clinic, a partnership between CMAA and Quinsigamond Community College’s Dental program. This clinic offers comprehensive dental assessments, cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments and other services for older adults ages 55+ in Central Massachusetts FREE OF CHARGE! Transportation to and from the clinic is provided by Yellow Cab, an additional program partner.

 

To schedule an appointment with the senior dental clinic, call 508-854-4306 Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

 

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

Did you know that your household is eligible for 4 FREE at-home COVID-19 tests? Just visit COVIDTests.Gov and sign up!

Have more questions about ordering an at-home testing kit? Here is an excellent breakdown of what to expect.

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

Check out the free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic right at the Worcester Public Library! The clinic is available every Wednesday 11am-7pm and Saturday 11am-5pm at 3 Salem St. Worcester, MA.  The vaccine clinic is open to everyone ages 5 and up. For more information, call 508-868-6438.

 

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

The CDC has some very helpful tips on how to stay safe at indoor gatherings this winter.

“While opening windows can improve ventilation in your home during the visit, it might be too cold to do so comfortably.

If possible, try cracking open a window for a little while. You can also take other steps to improve ventilation in your home, like upgrading your HVAC filter, running a HEPA purifier, and using your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans.

Taking steps to improve ventilation can reduce the number of COVID-19 particles in your home’s air. Check out CDC’s new tool to see how much: https://bit.ly/3F7bPgg

 

EVENTS & RESOURCES

Learn how to safely navigate the sport of ice fishing with MassWildlife and the Lakes and Ponds Program on Wednesday, February 9th from 6:00-7:00pm. Click here to register!

This program is brought to you by the Worcester Department of Sustainability and Resilience.

 

 

 

EVENTS & RESOURCES

It’s tax season! Get ahead of the April deadlines with this helpful roundup of information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Click here for more information about tax information for older adults in Massachusetts.

 

 

EVENTS & RESOURCES

Winter weather is here. Are you prepared for a loss of power? Visit bit.ly/Powers-Out to create a plan with the help of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency!

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – December 21, 2021

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CMAA UPDATES

Hope & Comfort and Sanofi Give Toiletry Kits to CMAA

Thank you again to Hope & Comfort and Sanofi for providing CMAA with over 400 toiletry kits! These kits will be distributed across towns and cities in Central Massachusetts to older adults in need. We are proud to help support hygiene security for our Commonwealth’s older populations.

We are proud to partner with local organizations to assist with distributing these fantastic kits. Check out this video of a recent toiletry kit pick up from our friends at El Buen Samaritano Food Program!

 

 

CMAA UPDATES

PPE4All Provides 200+ PPE Items for Central MA Older Adults

We are so pleased to share that PPE4All has graciously donated over 200 sewn masks, 50 face shields, and 100 N95s! Through their incredible support, hundreds of older adults in Central Massachusetts will stay safer during this pandemic.

Visit PPE4All.net to learn more about their fantastic work.

 

CMAA UPDATES

CMAA Supports Worcester County Sheriff’s Office 2021 Winter Coat Drive

We are proud to support this year’s Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Winter Coat Drive. With our help, thousands of warm winter coats will be distributed across Central Massachusetts, especially to older adults.

Recently, we helped the Sheriff distribute coats to several local senior centers, including West Boylston, Shrewsbury, Millbury, and Uxbridge. Take a look!

 

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

You may have heard about the omicron variant, but what is it?

Take a look at this helpful information from the CDC which discusses everything you need to know about this COVID-19 variant.

Click here to get your questions about the omicron variant answered.

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

Unsure of where to get a booster shot or vaccine? There are several ways to do so in Massachusetts:

  • Visit VaxFinder.Mass.Gov and search for a location near you
  • Call 2-1-1 to speak to someone and find an appointment

For additional vaccine availability questions, take a look at this helpful article from AARP Massachusetts. You can also consult the Mass.Gov website for details.

Please note, all adults over the age of 18 are now encouraged by the CDC to receive a booster shot.

 

EVENTS & RESOURCES

Eagle House Senior Community Center in Lunenberg has a six-week Zumba class starting on January 13th! Join Amy Leblanc on Fridays at 1:00pm for a great workout. This class costs $25. Class is limited to 20 participants. Call 978-582-4166 to register.

 

EVENTS & RESOURCES

Join the Clinton Senior Center on December 22nd for their Ugly Sweater Contest! You must be a Clinton Senior (+60) and have your picture taken next Wednesday at the Center between 9 am and 2 pm. Top 3 Ugliest Sweaters will be awarded a prize!

 

EVENTS & RESOURCES

For those who receive SNAP benefits, did you know that if your food spoiled due to flooding or lack of electricity to run your fridge or freezer, you may qualify for replacement SNAP benefits? Certain requirements apply.

Click here to learn more or apply.

 

EVENTS & RESOURCES

Looking for help with your pension? Check out the UMass Boston Pension Action Center. They are a free legal service that works to assist anyone with a pension question, regardless of income, who currently or previously lived or worked in: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island or Illinois.

For more information, call  1-888-425-6067 or click here.

 

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The Central MA Senior Bulletin – December 6, 2021

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CMAA UPDATES

A Successful COVID-19 Booster Clinic and Senior Job Fair at CMAA

Thank you to all the organizations and participants who made our COVID-19 Booster Clinic and Senior Job Fair a huge success. We distributed over 150 vaccine boosters in a single day along with gift cards and other goodies! Thank you to UMass Memorial Health for helping to make this possible.

Follow our social media for more COVID-19 resources and local vaccine events.

 

CMAA UPDATES

Sign Up for the Central MA Senior Dental Clinic

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Have you heard about the Central Massachusetts Senior Dental Clinic? Through a partnership between CMAA and Quinsigamond Community College’s Dental program, this clinic offers comprehensive dental assessments, cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments and other services for older adults ages 55+ in Central Massachusetts FREE OF CHARGE! Transportation to and from the clinic is provided by Yellow Cab, an additional program partner.

To schedule an appointment with the Central MA Senior Dental Clinic, call 508-854-4306 Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

Check out this excellent piece from Spectrum 1 News Worcester for more details!

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

Please note that face masks are now required in Worcester as per an order from the the City.

Mouth and nose coverings are now required in all indoor spaces open to the public in the City of Worcester. This includes, but is not limited to, businesses, retail, restaurants, bars, clubs, places of assembly, and fitness establishments. This order will remain in effect until further notice.

Not in Worcester? Contact your local health department to learn more about your town or city’s face mask policies.

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

Unsure of where to get a booster shot or vaccine? There are several ways to do so in Massachusetts:

  • Visit VaxFinder.Mass.Gov and search for a location near you
  • Call 2-1-1 to speak to someone and find an appointment

For additional vaccine availability questions, take a look at this helpful article from AARP Massachusetts. You can also consult the Mass.Gov website for details.

Please note, all adults over the age of 18 are now encouraged by the CDC to receive a booster shot.

 

 

EVENTS & RESOURCES

Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc. will have its next “Making Connections Memory Café” on Thursday, December 14th at Emmanuel Lutheran in Worcester. This meeting will feature a holiday concert! RSVP required. Contact memorycafe@eswa.org to register.

Please note this is a field trip. They will not be meeting at the Senior Center; the date is the 2nd Tuesday of December, not the 3rd.

 

 

EVENTS & RESOURCES

Make clay Christmas ornaments with Christine Tansen at the Uxbridge Senior Center on Monday, December 6th and 13th. On December 6th, participants will make the ornaments and on December 13th, they will be decorated. Class is limited and there is a $5 cost per person required at sign up.

Contact the Uxbridge Senior Center at (508) 278-8622 to register.

 

 

EVENTS & RESOURCES

Join the Executive Office of Elder Affairs on Wednesday, December 8th from 12:00-1:00PM for the latest “Caring for the Caregiver” Webinar Series. Learn more about navigating family dynamics in caregiving responsibilities. Register today at http://bit.ly/2ZKAs2Y

 

 

EVENTS & RESOURCES

Medicare Open Enrollment ends on Tuesday, December 7th. If you are looking to enroll, visit Medicare.Gov to view and compare plans.

Have questions? Call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit www.medicare.gov/talk-to-someone

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – November 12, 2021

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CMAA UPDATES

COVID-19 Booster Clinic and Senior Job Fair For Older Adults Ages 65+ 

($100 Holiday Grocery Gift Cards for Participants)

Are you 65 or older? Get your FREE COVID-19 vaccine booster at 330 Southwest Cutoff in Worcester on Friday, November 19th from 9:30am-3:30pm.

$100 grocery gift cards for all participants! Raffles for CVS and gas gift cards too! Local job and volunteer resources will also be available on site.

 

Call (508) 852-5539 or email info@seniorconnection.org by November 16th to sign up. This clinic is for ages 65 and older. There is a limited number of booster shots available, so don’t delay! First come, first served with sign-ups.

CMAA UPDATES

QCC, CMAA & Congressman McGovern Team Up For Free Senior Dental Clinic With Transportation

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“I truly believe that this new partnership between Quinsigamond Community College and CMAA will be a model for the nation on how to provide affordable, accessible dental care for our older adults.” -Dr. Moses S. Dixon

We are incredibly pleased to announce the Central Massachusetts Senior Dental Clinic, a partnership between CMAA and Quinsigamond Community College’s Dental program. This clinic offers comprehensive dental assessments, cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments and other services for older adults ages 55+ in Central Massachusetts FREE OF CHARGE! Transportation to and from the clinic is provided by Yellow Cab, an additional program partner.

 

To schedule an appointment with the senior dental clinic, call 508-854-4306 Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

Check out this excellent piece from Spectrum 1 News Worcester for more details!

CMAA UPDATES

CMAA Honors National Family Caregivers Month

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Caregiving is not a “one size fits all” situation. From grandparents raising grandchildren to folks who are juggling childcare and the needs of aging parents, providing care for other people comes with many challenges. We’re here to help. Through our vast network and resources, CMAA connects caregivers across Central Massachusetts with the support they need. Our website is a great place to start!

 

For more information, contact us at 508-852-5539.

CMAA UPDATES

Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month

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In honor of Native American Heritage month, CMAA will be highlighting the unique heritage, history, and elders who have made an impact in our communities, in Central Massachusetts and beyond.

Follow our social media pages to learn more.

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – October 21, 2021

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CMAA UPDATES

CMAA Participates in “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” Event

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Did you know that more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s? (Source: Alzheimer’s Association)

At CMAA, we are committed to supporting community efforts aimed at improving the wellbeing of older adults and caregivers. When we heard about the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” event hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, we jumped at the chance to join.

The CMAA outreach team worked hard to put together resources, materials, and goodies for community members who participated in the Walk. Our raffle baskets were an absolute hit too!

Stay tuned for more outreach updates in the coming weeks.

CMAA UPDATES

#EquityInAgingChat

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Thank you to MHAC and Tufts HP Foundation for a great Equity In Aging Twitter Chat! 

This week, CMAA joined dozens of people and organizations in the field of aging services for a Twitter chat. We discussed how to combat the digital divide for older adults, ways we can collaborate together, and how we can successfully advocate for #EquityInAging.

Check out the Twitter conversation by clicking here.

COVID-19 RESOURCE

COVID-19 Booster Shot Clinic at Clinton City Hall

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The Clinton Senior Center is teaming up with UMass Memorial Medical Center to bring the community a COVID-19 booster shot clinic.

If you have any of the following conditions, you are eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine BOOSTER SHOT at the Clinton Town Hall on Wednesday, November 3rd. Please call the Senior Center at 978-733-4747 to schedule your appointment time.

COVID-19 Resource

Similarities and Differences Between the Flu and COVID-19

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Wondering how to tell if you have a case of the flu or COVID-19? The World Health Organization has an excellent resource comparing how the two illnesses are alike and different from one another.

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LOCAL RESOURCE

Foot Care by Nurses at Princeton Council on Aging

Come get a trim, remove callous and get a foot massage at the Princeton Council on Aging! Visits are by appointment at the senior center or through home visits. Call the center at 978 464 5977 for information about dates, times, and prices.

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LOCAL EVENT

Exercise Classes at West Brookfield Senior Center

The West Brookfield Senior Center offers a variety of excellent exercise classes including:

  • Monday: Functional Fitness at 9:00am ($3)
  • Tuesday: Tai chi at 9:00am ($5)
  • Thursdays Chair yoga at 9:00am ($3)
  • Friday: Zumba gold at 9:00am ($3)

For more information or to sign up, contact the Center at (508) 867-1407.

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LOCAL EVENT

Rainbow Lunch Club with ESWA

Join Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc., WLEN, and the Unitarian Universality Church of Worcester for the Rainbow Lunch Club, a biweekly lunch for those who are 50+ years old, younger partners, friends, and allies to come together as a community. Lunch is served at noon. Contact ESWA at 1-800-243-5111 or 508-756-1545 ext. 404 to register.

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – October 06, 2021

Updated CMAA Policy

Please note that due to COVID-19 precautions, our office will be serving consumers and callers only by phone and email until further notice.

Please call 508-852-5539 or email info@seniorconnection.org to get in contact with CMAA.

CMAA Honors Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month 

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place each year from September 15-October 15. It’s the perfect time to honor and reflect on the culture and achievements of Hispanic and Latinx communities, especially elders!

We’re highlighting influential Hispanic and Latinx changemakers this month, including Sonia Sotomayor, Franklin Chang Díaz, and more.

Follow our social media pages for the latest posts and information about Hispanic Heritage Month.

Click here to be directly linked to our Facebook page.

Buy a Bag, Support Our Mission! 

Looking for an easy way to support older adults and caregivers in Central Massachusetts?

Participate in our Community Bag Program through Stop & Shop!

For the month of September, each time a shopper purchases the $2.50 Community Bag at the Stop & Shop at 940 West Boylston St. in Worcester, CMAA will receive a $1 donation.

Get your grocery shopping done, help the environment, and support the wellness of our older community members!

 

Ayer “Heart of the Hometown Festival” 

Ayer’s “Heart of the Hometown” Festival is this Saturday, October 2nd!

Enjoy free performances, community, and fun from 11:00am-4:00pm in Downtown Ayer.

Visit the Town of Ayer’s Facebook page for the latest event information, including parking to use, what to expect, and more.

 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group

 

The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group offers support for older adults raising grandchildren or other kin.

The group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm. The next meeting is October 12th at the Greendale YMCA (75 Shore Drive, Worcester, MA)

To register or for more information, please call Elder Services of Worcester Area at 508-756-1545 or email ddfoley@eswa.org

 

COVID-19 Booster Shots

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts now has information available about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. Visit mass.gov/COVID19Booster for more details.

Upcoming Vaccine Clinics and Participating Pharmacies

Haven’t received a vaccine yet? There are many opportunities to do so across Central Massachusetts. Visit the Mass.gov website to find a location close to you! 

We will continue to keep you updated as additional vaccine opportunities develop. Follow us on social media for the latest details.

COVID-19 Disability Information and Access Line

The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is available to help people with disabilities get vaccinated. The DIAL’s trained staff is standing by to:

  • Help find local vaccination locations
  • Assist  with making vaccination appointments
  • Connect callers to local services – such as accessible transportation – to overcome barriers to vaccination

Call 888-677-1199 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern)  or email DIAL@n4a.org

FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Federal Communications Commission Emergency Broadband Benefit is a program to help households struggling to afford internet services during the pandemic. Reach out and stay connected!

Visit https://bit.ly/3tYrxny or call 833-511-0311 to learn more.

 

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Did you know that the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development is offering Emergency Housing Assistance during COVID-19?

Learn more about the application process and eligibility by clicking here.

(If you or anyone you know would like to have something highlighted in our weekly newsletter, email akrasinski@seniorconnection.org.)

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – September 17, 2021

New Video Highlights CMAA Partnership with Hope & Comfort

Are you curious about our efforts to fight hygiene insecurity in Central Massachusetts?

Take a look at the video below to learn more about how we are teaming up with Hope & Comfort and Yes We Care Inc. to distribute OVER 14,000 BARS OF SOAP to older adults in Central MA along with other hygiene items! 

For more information or to receive soap for an older adult, contact Maria Tellez at mtellez@seniorconnection.org or call 508-852-5539 x113.

Updated CMAA Policy

Please note that due to COVID-19 precautions, our office will be serving consumers and callers only by phone and email until further notice.

Please call 508-852-5539 or email info@seniorconnection.org to get in contact with CMAA.

 

CMAA Visits Gardner Senior Center for “Coffee & Chat” with Dr. Moses S. Dixon

Our Community Listening sessions continued this week with a stop at the Gardner Senior Center. We discussed concerns participants have about aging well in Northern Central Massachusetts and heard some excellent suggestions from attendees.

Thank you to everyone at the Gardner Senior Center and to all our participants!

 

CMAA Honors Hispanic-American Heritage Month

Did you know it is National Hispanic-American Heritage Month? It’s the perfect time to honor and reflect on the culture and achievements of Hispanic-American and Latinx communities.

Follow us on social media for shout-outs, resources, recipes, and more to celebrate this important month!

 

Buy a Bag, Support Our Mission! 

Looking for an easy way to support older adults and caregivers in Central Massachusetts?

Participate in our Community Bag Program through Stop & Shop!

For the month of September, each time a shopper purchases the $2.50 Community Bag at the Stop & Shop at 940 West Boylston St. in Worcester, CMAA will receive a $1 donation.

Get your grocery shopping done, help the environment, and support the wellness of our older community members!

 

DogFest New England 2021 at Polar Park 

 

Polar Park is going to the dogs this weekend!

Gather your family and friends on Sunday, September 19th for DogFest New England, a local event full of fun activities and fundraising for Canine Companions, an organization that places service dogs with those who have disabilities.

The event is at 100 Madison St., Worcester from 11:00am-1:00pm.

For more information, click here.

 

Responding to (F)ALL – Falls Prevention Awareness Week Event 

September is Fall Prevention Month.

Are you prepared?

Join our friends at Elder Services of Merrimack Valley and North Shore Elder Services on September 20th from 12:00-1:00pm for a virtual webinar about the common factors leading to falls and fall prevention activities!

For more information, click here.

 

 Cuidando Con Respeto Caregiver Training Program 

 

Cuidando con Respeto is a 6 hour, 3-week training program, facilitated by two trained practitioners. Each session meets once a week for 2 hours. The major emphasis of the training program is for caregivers to:

•  Gain new knowledge of Alzheimer’s and related dementias and an understanding of the different stages of the illness

•  Develop skills needed to manage daily life including self-care skills

•  Foster a sense of mastery in caregiving.

For more information on the Savvy Caregiver Program, contact the Healthy Living Center of Excellence at 978-946-1211.

 

COVID-19 Booster Shots

There has been a lot of discussion about booster shots for COVID-19 vaccines, but many people still aren’t sure what to expect. We’re here to help!

This article from Johns Hopkins Medicine offers a great breakdown of what you need to know.

As always, CMAA recommends staying informed about COVID-19 vaccine updates through the CDC, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and your local health department.

Upcoming Vaccine Clinics and Participating Pharmacies

Haven’t received a vaccine yet? There are many opportunities to do so across Central Massachusetts. Visit the Mass.gov website to find a location close to you! 

We will continue to keep you updated as additional vaccine opportunities develop. Follow us on social media for the latest details.

 

COVID-19 Disability Information and Access Line

Help with COVID-19 vaccinations for people with disabilities!

The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is now available to help people with disabilities get vaccinated. The DIAL’s trained staff is standing by to:

  • Help find local vaccination locations
  • Assist  with making vaccination appointments
  • Connect callers to local services – such as accessible transportation – to overcome barriers to vaccination

Call 888-677-1199 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern)  or email DIAL@n4a.org

 

FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Federal Communications Commission Emergency Broadband Benefit is a program to help households struggling to afford internet services during the pandemic. Reach out and stay connected!

Visit https://bit.ly/3tYrxny or call 833-511-0311 to learn more.

 

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Did you know that the

Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development is offering Emergency Housing Assistance during COVID-19?

 

FEMA Offering Support for COVID-19 Related Funeral Expenses

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. COVID-19 Funeral Assistance will assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.

At this time, there is no deadline to apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. 

Applications for Funeral Assistance will be accepted through a dedicated call center:

1-844-684-6333 | TTY: 1-800-462-7585

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time

For more details about eligibility and documentation needed, visit the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance website by clicking here.

(If you or anyone you know would like to have something highlighted in our weekly newsletter, email akrasinski@seniorconnection.org.)

 

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