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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 – October 06, 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.)

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – September 3, 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 Partners with Hope & Comfort to Combat Hygiene Insecurity for Older Adults in Central MA

We are pleased to announce that the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is teaming up with Hope & Comfort and Yes We Care Inc. to distribute OVER 14,000 BARS OF SOAP to older adults in Central Mass along with other hygiene items! These items also include bars from Pacha Soap Co., a favorite among many.

We are immensely grateful for those committed to improving the well-being of our aging populations.

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

 

Clinton Food Pantry Receives $3,000 from CMAA

When the Clinton Senior Center mentioned they needed support with their food pantry, Stephanie’s Staples, CMAA stepped in to help. Our $3,000 donation will go towards supporting food security for older adults in Clinton.

Thank you to the Clinton Senior Center for all your hard work!

 

CMAA Brings Uhlman’s Ice Cream Truck to Leicester Senior Center

We had a blast at the Leicester Senior Center for our Uhlman’s Ice Cream Truck event. There was an excellent turnout and we were even visited by Senator Moore! We are so glad we could help older adults enjoy the last bit of summer.

Thank you again to the Leicester Senior Center for helping us put on this event!

 

Dr. Moses S. Dixon Recognized as one of Worcester Business Journal’s ’40 Under Forty’ 

Congratulations to our President & CEO, Dr. Moses S. Dixon, for being recognized as one of Worcester Business Journal‘s 40 Under Forty for the Class of 2021!

Check out the full edition here: https://www.wbjournal.com/…/40-under-forty-class-of-2021

Tai Chi is Back at the Millbury Senior Center

Tai Chi is back at the Millbury Senior Center starting Tuesday, September 7th.

Join Instructor Gary 9:30-10:30am at the Senior Center on Tuesdays for an hour of balance, strengthening, and community.

A great way to celebrate Fall Prevention Month!

 

Pride Flag Raising at Worcester City Hall on September 8th

 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

3:30 PM-4:15 PM

Pride Worcester 2021 Week officially kicks-off with the raising of the Pride flag and a proclamation that is read by the mayor. The ceremony will be held outside of City Hall and will feature voices representing a wide cross-section of the local LGBTQ community.

For more information, visit www.prideworcester.org

 

Let’s Make Worcester Liveable for Everyone

The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is working with dozens of community partners to formally designate Worcester as an AARP Age-Friendly Community! 

The AARP Age-Friendly Community Initiative exists to:

  • enhance personal independence in communities
  • help residents to remain in their homes and communities as they age
  • provide opportunities for residents of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds to engage fully in civic, economic, and social life

Age-Friendly Worcester will make Worcester more liveable by:

  • supporting current community efforts to improve Worcester
  • creating tangible changes that benefit people of all ages across Worcester
  • focusing on specific areas of concern relevant to Worcester, including accessible transportation, affordable housing, and more!

We’re looking for additional community members and organizations who are interested in our joining our working group. Visit our website and click on the Age-Friendly Tab for more information.

New Mask Policies Across Massachusetts

With the increase in COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth, many towns, cities, businesses, and events are requiring people to wear a mask in areas of substantial or high risk.

Please consult your town or city’s website and social media for updates specific to your area.

Remember, the best way to keep yourself and others safe is to follow guidelines.

 

COVID-19 Testing at UMass Memorial Health

Did you know that UMass Memorial Health has free COVID-19 testing at 201 Commercial St. in Worcester?

  • Thursday, September 9th
    • 10am – 3pm
    • No appointment required
  • Monday, September 13th
    • 10am – 3pm
    • No appointment required
  • Thursday, September 16th
    • 10am-3pm
    • No appointment required

For more information, visit the UMass Memorial Health COVID-19 Testing site.

 

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?

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

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.)

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – September 3, 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 Partners with Hope & Comfort to Combat Hygiene Insecurity for Older Adults in Central MA

We are pleased to announce that the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is teaming up with Hope & Comfort and Yes We Care Inc. to distribute OVER 14,000 BARS OF SOAP to older adults in Central Mass along with other hygiene items! These items also include bars from Pacha Soap Co., a favorite among many.

We are immensely grateful for those committed to improving the well-being of our aging populations.

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

 

Clinton Food Pantry Receives $3,000 from CMAA

When the Clinton Senior Center mentioned they needed support with their food pantry, Stephanie’s Staples, CMAA stepped in to help. Our $3,000 donation will go towards supporting food security for older adults in Clinton.

Thank you to the Clinton Senior Center for all your hard work!

 

CMAA Brings Uhlman’s Ice Cream Truck to Leicester Senior Center

We had a blast at the Leicester Senior Center for our Uhlman’s Ice Cream Truck event. There was an excellent turnout and we were even visited by Senator Moore! We are so glad we could help older adults enjoy the last bit of summer.

Thank you again to the Leicester Senior Center for helping us put on this event!

 

Dr. Moses S. Dixon Recognized as one of Worcester Business Journal’s ’40 Under Forty’ 

Congratulations to our President & CEO, Dr. Moses S. Dixon, for being recognized as one of Worcester Business Journal‘s 40 Under Forty for the Class of 2021!

Check out the full edition here: https://www.wbjournal.com/…/40-under-forty-class-of-2021

Tai Chi is Back at the Millbury Senior Center

Tai Chi is back at the Millbury Senior Center starting Tuesday, September 7th.

Join Instructor Gary 9:30-10:30am at the Senior Center on Tuesdays for an hour of balance, strengthening, and community.

A great way to celebrate Fall Prevention Month!

Pride Flag Raising at Worcester City Hall on September 8th

 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

3:30 PM-4:15 PM

Pride Worcester 2021 Week officially kicks-off with the raising of the Pride flag and a proclamation that is read by the mayor. The ceremony will be held outside of City Hall and will feature voices representing a wide cross-section of the local LGBTQ community.

For more information, visit www.prideworcester.org

Let’s Make Worcester Liveable for Everyone

The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is working with dozens of community partners to formally designate Worcester as an AARP Age-Friendly Community! 

The AARP Age-Friendly Community Initiative exists to:

  • enhance personal independence in communities
  • help residents to remain in their homes and communities as they age
  • provide opportunities for residents of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds to engage fully in civic, economic, and social life

Age-Friendly Worcester will make Worcester more liveable by:

  • supporting current community efforts to improve Worcester
  • creating tangible changes that benefit people of all ages across Worcester
  • focusing on specific areas of concern relevant to Worcester, including accessible transportation, affordable housing, and more!

We’re looking for additional community members and organizations who are interested in our joining our working group. Visit our website and click on the Age-Friendly Tab for more information.

New Mask Policies Across Massachusetts

With the increase in COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth, many towns, cities, businesses, and events are requiring people to wear a mask in areas of substantial or high risk.

Please consult your town or city’s website and social media for updates specific to your area.

Remember, the best way to keep yourself and others safe is to follow guidelines.

COVID-19 Testing at UMass Memorial Health

Did you know that UMass Memorial Health has free COVID-19 testing at 201 Commercial St. in Worcester?

  • Thursday, September 9th
    • 10am – 3pm
    • No appointment required
  • Monday, September 13th
    • 10am – 3pm
    • No appointment required
  • Thursday, September 16th
    • 10am-3pm
    • No appointment required

For more information, visit the UMass Memorial Health COVID-19 Testing site.

 

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?

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

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.)

The CMAA Senior Bulletin – August 19, 2021

Dr. Moses S. Dixon Recognized as one of Worcester Business Journal’s ’40 Under Forty’ 

Congratulations to our President & CEO, Dr. Moses S. Dixon, for being recognized as one of Worcester Business Journal‘s 40 Under Forty for the Class of 2021!

Check out the full edition here: https://www.wbjournal.com/…/40-under-forty-class-of-2021

Coffee & Chat Sessions with Dr. Moses S. Dixon

Over the summer, CMAA has been making stops across the region to host ‘Coffee & Chat’ sessions at local senior centers and councils on aging. We’ve had several recent sessions including visits to the:

West Brookfield Senior Center

Clinton Senior Center

Leominster Senior Center

We appreciated hearing your thoughts, ideas, stories, and concerns. Thank you again!

A Successful Night at the Ball Game with CMAA

On August 14th, CMAA was the featured nonprofit of the night for the WooSox Game against the Syracuse Mets. There was a pre-game recognition of CMAA prior to the first pitch. Staff and members of the Board of Directors stood on the field as the Agency logo light up on the screen. Dr. Moses S. Dixon also spoke for the radio broadcast!

We want to extend a big thank you to the WooSox, The WooSox Foundation, Polar Park, and Polar Beverages for recognizing us as part of the Heart of Worcester.

CMAA Celebrates India Day 2021

We had a blast at the India Society of Worcester (ISW) India Day 2021 event earlier this month!

We provided many resources, materials, and goodies for folks. The live performances were incredible and we are so glad to have been involved!

Thank you to the India Society of Worcester for your hard work on this event!

Daydreaming and Goal Setting Presentation with Joseph Glover at Grafton Senior Center

We were pleased to help Joe Glover present at the Grafton Senior Center this week.

Joe Glover is the founder of ArchAngel Leadership and Executive Coaching LLC and a long-time Central Massachusetts local. His presentation on goal setting and daydreaming inspired a room full of people (and we had many laughs!)

Thank you again to the Grafton Senior Center, our attendees, and Joe Glover for a great event.

Let’s Make Worcester Liveable for Everyone

The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is working with dozens of community partners to formally designate Worcester as an AARP Age-Friendly Community! 

The AARP Age-Friendly Community Initiative exists to:

  • enhance personal independence in communities
  • help residents to remain in their homes and communities as they age
  • provide opportunities for residents of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds to engage fully in civic, economic, and social life

Age-Friendly Worcester will make Worcester more liveable by:

  • supporting current community efforts to improve Worcester
  • creating tangible changes that benefit people of all ages across Worcester
  • focusing on specific areas of concern relevant to Worcester, including accessible transportation, affordable housing, and more!

 

We’re looking for additional community members and organizations who are interested in our joining our working group. Visit our website and click on the Age-Friendly Tab for more information.

Ice Cream Truck at Leicester Senior Center on August 24th

Join us on Tuesday, August 24th at the Leicester Senior Center for Uhlman’s Ice Cream! There will be an ice cream truck available between 11:00am-1:00pm with sweet treats for older adults and seniors. Come cool down, see friends, and have fun.

New Mask Policies Across Central Massachusetts

With the increase in COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth, many towns, cities, businesses, and events are requiring people to wear a mask in areas of substantial or high risk.

Please consult your town or city’s website and social media for updates specific to your area.

Upcoming Vaccine Clinics and Participating Pharmacies

Haven’t received a vaccine yet? There are many opportunities to do so across Central Massachusetts!

For instance, The Town of Franklin will hold a mobile vaccination clinic on August 25, 2021 from 10:00am-3:00pm at the Davis Thayer Parking Lot (137 W. Central Street). Click here to register.

Looking for a vaccination site somewhere else? 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.

 

Milford Vaccination Clinic on August 20th

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?

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

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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The CMAA Senior Bulletin July 23, 2021

A Night at the Ball Game with CMAA on August 14th

 

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 14th!

CMAA will be the featured nonprofit of the night for the August 14th WooSox Game against the Syracuse Mets. There will be a pre-game recognition of CMAA and an outreach table in the concourse as well throughout the game.

Join us to celebrate older adults and caregivers, learn more about local resources, and enjoy some baseball!

For a complementary ticket to the game, email akrasinski@seniorconnection.org before August 2nd.

 

Saturday, August 14th

Los Wepas de Worcester vs. Syracuse Mets

Polar Park

100 Madison Street, Worcester

 

Game time: 4:05pm

Pre-game activities starting at 3:15pm

 

Follow our social media pages for updates about our Night At The Ball Game.

Let’s Make Worcester Liveable for Everyone

The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is working with dozens of community partners to formally designate Worcester as an AARP Age-Friendly Community! 

The AARP Age-Friendly Community Initiative exists to:

    • enhance personal independence in communities
    • help residents to remain in their homes and communities as they age
    • provide opportunities for residents of all ages, ability levels, and backgrounds to engage fully in civic, economic, and social life

 

Age-Friendly Worcester will make the city more liveable by:

    • supporting current community efforts to improve Worcester
    • creating tangible changes that benefit people of all ages across Worcester
    • focusing on specific areas of concern relevant to Worcester, including accessible transportation, affordable housing, and more!

 

We’re looking for additional community members and organizations who are interested in our joining our working group. Visit our website and click on the Age-Friendly Tab for more information.

 

CMAA To Hold Special Bidders’ Conference

The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging will hold a Special Bidders’ Conference on Tuesday, July 27th, 2021 at 10:00 AM virtually.

Please click the meeting link here to access the event.

The purpose of this Special Bidders’ Conference is to review our American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding Priorities, the application process, including letters of intent, and highlight criteria used by the Planning and Allocations Committee in its review of proposals.

If you would like to attend or with questions, please contact Ethan Belding, Director of Planning and Research at ebelding@seniorconnection.org or 508-852-5539.

WLEN’s Rainbow Lunch Club is Back!

2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month

Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester

(90 Holden Street, Worcester)

Lunch served at 12:00pm

The Rainbow Lunch and Supper club offers LGBTQIA+ older adults age 50+ a nutritious meal, an opportunity to socialize with friends and enjoy various activities including special entertainment and educational programs.

There is a suggested $2.50 anonymous donation from guests age 60 and older. The fee for all guests under the age of 60 is $5.50.

To sign up or cancel your registration, please contact WLEN one week in advance at 508-756-1545 ext. 404 or wlen@eswa.org.

Hope to see you at the next lunch!

Concert on the Templeton Common

Are you ready to rock to the sounds of the Sixties?

The Templeton Cultural Council is presenting a “Throwback to the ’60s” concert on the Common on Sunday, July 25th beginning at 2:00pm. 

Bring your lawn chair or blanket down to the Templeton Common for FREE family-friendly fun and great tunes!

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Senior Picnic

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Annual Senior Picnic will take place on August 21st from 11:00am to 1:00pm at SAC Park (438 Lake Street, Shrewsbury).

Along with a BBQ meal, raffles, and prizes, there will be a free car wash.

This event will be a drive-thru and registration is required by August 5th.

Contact DOstiguy@WorcesterCountySheriff.org or call 508-796-2638 for more.

The VaxBus Is Coming to Central Mass

The #TrustTheFacts mobile vaccination station will make stops across Massachusetts, including Central Massachusetts!

Southbridge: July 21

Fitchburg: July 22

Worcester: July 22 & 23

To learn more about the schedule and specific locations, visit www.mass.gov/info-details/vaxbus-schedule.

Upcoming Vaccine Clinics and Participating Pharmacies

Haven’t received a vaccine yet? Check out these upcoming Equity Vaccine Clinics and pharmacies participating in vaccination across Worcester!

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?

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

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.

 

The CMAA Senior Bulletin – June 10, 2021

CMAA Celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

Did you know that over 3 million Americans over the age of 50 identify as LGBTQIA+? (Source: SageUSA)

This month, we will be featuring tips, resources, and community leaders who are making a positive difference in the lives of LGBTQIA+ elders.

Follow our social media pages to stay informed!

 

Let’s Make Worcester Age-Friendly!

The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is working with dozens of community partners to formally designate Worcester as an AARP Age-Friendly City!

The Age-Friendly Worcester Initiative focuses on:

Improving access to housing

Caregiver support

Community engagement

Social inclusion

Transportation

And more!

We’re looking for additional community members and organizations who are interested in our collective efforts, including you!

Help us make Worcester a livable place for everyone. Come join the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging and other organizations that have already committed.

Visit our website and click on the Age-Friendly Tab for more information or to get involved.

Worcester Senior Center Reopening on June 15th

Great news! The Worcester Senior Center will be reopening its doors on Tuesday, June 15th.

Programs and services will be offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Virtual programs will continue to broadcast on Worcester Government Channel on Spectrum cable channel 192 as well as Facebook and YouTube.

Lunch reservations are required at least two days in advance by 10:30am and can be made by calling 508-799-8070 between 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. or 508-852-3205, ext. 290 after 1:00p.m.

Transportation to the Senior Center is currently fare-free, courtesy of the WRTA, via Bus Routes No. 1 and 11 as well as paratransit.

Those who are certified for ADA paratransit may schedule rides by calling 508-752-9283 or 1-877-743-3852. All trip reservations can be made as early as seven days in advance, but no later than 4:30p.m. the day before the trip.

All visitors are reminded that, per CDC guidelines, those who are not fully vaccinated are advised to wear a mask.

For more information, email elderaffairs@worcesterma.gov
or call 508-799-1232.

Northborough Senior Center

Earthnotes: Mindful Nature Journaling Course

6 Weekly Sessions

June 17th – July 29th

11:00am on the patio

Think spending some regular, focused time with nature could improve your mental & emotional health? Would you benefit from a structured way of connecting with nature?

Join the Northborough Senior Center for Earthnotes, a nature journaling series from The Nature Connection!

All supplies provided, and no cost thanks to a grant from MW Health Foundation!

Elder Abuse Awareness Walk on June 12th

The Town of Pepperell will host an Elder Abuse Awareness Walk on Saturday, June 12th in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The walk will take place on the new walking path! A $10 donation via cash or check is required. Proceeds will benefit Montachusett Home Care’s Protective Service Agency. Participants will receive a t-shirt with an events logo on it.

For more information or to sign-up, call The Albert Harris Center at 978-433-0326.

To report Elder Abuse in Massachusetts, call 1-800-922-2275.

People age 12 and older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can now get vaccinated.

      • People ages 12-17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine.
      • People age 18 and older can get any vaccine.
      • You don’t need an ID or insurance to get a vaccine.

Social distancing and mask restrictions are slowly being lifted, but safety comes first!

Worcester Senior Center Vaccine Clinic on

June 17th

The Worcester Senior Center will host a vaccination clinic for seniors and their caregivers on June 17 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available. No appointment is necessary.

All visitors are reminded that, per CDC guidelines, those who are not fully vaccinated are advised to wear a mask.

For more information, email elderaffairs@worcesterma.gov or call 508-799-1232.

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?

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

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.)

To view past issues of ‘The Senior Bulletin en espanol click here.

The CMAA Senior Bulletin – May 27, 2021

Senior Connection Blog:

5 Ways to Recognize Older Americans Month

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our Senior Connection blog!

Our latest post focuses on tips to support older adults in Central Massachusetts this Older Americans Month. Click here to read more!

Help Us Make Worcester an Age-Friendly City!

Guess what? Th Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is working with several community partners to formally designate Worcester as an AARP Age-Friendly City!

The Age-Friendly Worcester Initiative focuses on: 

Improving access to housing

Caregiver support

Community engagement

Social inclusion

Transportation

And more!

We’re looking for additional community members and organizations who are interested in our collective efforts, including you!

Help us make Worcester a livable place for everyone. Come join the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging and other organizations that have already committed.

Visit our website and click on the Age-Friendly Tab for more information or to get involved.

CMAA Helps Support Equity Vaccine Clinic at Polar Park

This week, CMAA partnered with other community organizations and businesses to put on the Equity Vaccine Clinic at Polar Park. It was an excellent opportunity to further vaccine equity efforts in Worcester while checking out the new WooSox stadium. We were so happy to see such a great turnout! Thanks to all who participated in or supported this event.

Eldercare 2021 is LIVE!

 

To watch Eldercare 2021 online, visit the CMAA Youtube page or click the video above.

Looking to learn more? Our website also provides additional information, including presentation topics and community resources.

Eldercare 2021 is presented by:

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging &

Sheriff Lew Evangelidis of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

Sponsored by:

Joseph D. Early Jr. Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, Reliant Medical Group, UMass Memorial Health, UMass Medical School, UniBank, Fallon Health, and WTAG News Radio.

Memorial Day in Worcester

The Worcester Veteran’s Council and the City of Worcester Division of Veterans’ Services will observe Memorial Day with the following ceremonies:

  • Sunday, May 30 at 1:00PM: Water Ceremony at Elm Park,
  • Monday, May 31 at 9:00AM: Memorial Day Observance and Remembrance Ceremony at Hope Cemetery, 119 Webster St.
  • Monday, May 31 at 11:00AM: Wreath Laying at Massachusetts Vietnam Memorial, Green Hill Park (Sponsored by the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial Board of Directors)
  • Monday, May 31 at 1:00PM: Wreath Laying at Korean War Memorial, 52 Foster St.

Boylston Garden Club

Memorial Day Plant Sale

Begins Saturday, June 5th

9:00am

701 Main St Cir, Boylston, MA

Support the Boylston Garden Club this June! This year’s sale will have a drive-by system and will be using an honor system payment method.

The sale begins June 5th and continues for the next 7-8 days after. Wide variety of plants available!

LEI Homework Hotline

Do you know a K-12 student who could use homework help?

The Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University offers a homework hotline every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:30pm-5:30pm!

Bilingual LEI Staff will be available to tutor K-12 students in Literacy and Math via phone and Zoom.

Phone: 1-646-876-9923

Zoom Meeting ID: 970 5633 6191

For more information, contact Carla Orellana at 508-798-6507 or corellana@worcester.edu.

People age 12 and older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can now get vaccinated.

      • People ages 12-17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine.
      • People age 18 and older can get any vaccine.
      • You don’t need an ID or insurance to get a vaccine.

Social distancing and mask restrictions are slowly being lifted, but safety comes first!

Have you registered for your vaccination appointment yet?

There are several ways to do so!

  • For online scheduling, visit www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine. The state is regularly updating the site to reflect new information.
  • For those with limited internet access or who have difficulty navigating the website, the state has a 211 phone line to register for an appointment. This phone line has with over 500 staffers available for multilingual live phone support. To access, dial 2-1-1.
  • CMAA also has COVID-19 vaccination information on our website. Our Agency is not able to schedule appointments for you, but we are here to point you in the right direction!
  • Your primary care provider can also be of great assistance when it comes to scheduling a vaccination appointment.
  • Your local senior center, council on aging, and certain community groups can offer assistance with online scheduling as well!

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.

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.)

To view past issues of ‘The Senior Bulletin en espanol click here.

 

The CMAA Senior Bulletin – May 13, 2021

Eldercare 2021 is LIVE!

We’re pleased to announce that Eldercare 2021 is now available for viewing on access television stations across the region AND online.

To watch Eldercare 2021 online, visit the CMAA Youtube page or click the video below.

Looking to learn more? Our website also provides additional information, including presentation topics and community resources.

Eldercare 2021 is presented by:

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging &

Sheriff Lew Evangelidis of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

Sponsored by:

Joseph D. Early Jr. Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, Reliant Medical Group, UMass Memorial Medical Center, UMass Medical School, UniBank, Fallon Health, and WTAG News Radio.

Congressman Jim McGovern Joins

CMAA and Other Partners to Fight Food Insecurity

CMAA is proud to support local efforts to promote food equity for older adults and families in our region. We are working with Yes We Care, Inc., the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, the Worcester County Food Bank, and the United Way of Central Massachusetts to continue to bring free, farm-fresh food, snacks, and supplies to our communities. You can read more on MassLive about how our organizational partnerships are reimagining mutual assistance in Central Massachusetts.

The Farmers to Families Food Box program distributes these items for FREE every Wednesday at Belmont AME Zion Church (55 Illinois Street, Worcester) from 11:30am-2:30pm. First come, first served.

Watch our informational video about the program by clicking here!

 

Clinton Senior Center Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise Program

Tuesday, June 1st

1:30pm

Clinton Senior Center (271 Church Street, Clinton)

Get your groove on Tuesday, June 1st with Rondae Drafts, PhD.abd, Executive Director of MUSIC Dance.edu for  “Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors!”

Call the Clinton Senior Center at 978-733-4747 to register as space is limited.

This program is brought to you by a grant through the Clinton Massachusetts Cultural Council.

LEI Homework Hotline

Do you know a K-12 student who could use homework help?

The Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University offers a homework hotline every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:30pm-5:30pm!

Bilingual LEI Staff will be available to tutor K-12 students in Literacy and Math via phone and Zoom.

Phone: 1-646-876-9923

Zoom Meeting ID: 970 5633 6191

For more information, contact Carla Orellana at 508-798-6507 or corellana@worcester.edu.

Senior Companion Volunteers Needed

The Americorps Seniors, Senior Companion Program is in need of in-home companion volunteers to visit homebound older adults in the Worcester Area.

If you are interested in learning more, contact Joy Rehfeld at 508-425-9187 or emailing jrehfeld@fcsm.org.

This program is brought to you by Americorps Seniors, Family Services of Central Massachusetts, and Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc.

 

People age 12 and older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can now get vaccinated.

      • People ages 12-17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine.
      • People age 18 and older can get any vaccine.
      • You don’t need an ID or insurance to get a vaccine.

It is immensely important to continue to follow social distancing and other guidelines even if you have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.

Restrictions are slowly being lifted, but safety comes first!

 

 

Have you registered for your vaccination appointment yet?

There are several ways to do so!

  • For those with limited internet access or who have difficulty navigating the website, the state has a 211 phone line to register for an appointment. This phone line has with over 500 staffers available for multilingual live phone support. To access, dial 2-1-1.
  • CMAA also has COVID-19 vaccination information on our website. Our Agency is not able to schedule appointments for you, but we are here to point you in the right direction!
  • Your primary care provider can also be of great assistance when it comes to scheduling a vaccination appointment.
  • Your local senior center, council on aging, and certain community groups can offer assistance with online scheduling as well!

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.

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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