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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 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.)

 

The CMAA Senior Bulletin – May 07, 2021

Congressman Jim McGovern Supports CMAA Food Equity Efforts and Other Organizations In Extending Food Box Program Set To Expire At End of May

One of our region’s biggest issues is food insecurity, especially among our most vulnerable populations. That’s why we are proud to support the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program in Central Massachusetts.

This program provides thousands of pounds of farm-fresh food to people across Central Massachusetts free of charge (73 tons since September 2020!). The official USDA program may be sunsetting at the end of the month, but with the mutual assistance of several local organizations, there will be no stoppage in this service.

In fact, we’re looking to expand it!

 

By supporting the Farmers to Families Food Box program, CMAA and our community partners at Yes We Care, the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, the Worcester County Food Bank, and the United Way of Central Massachusetts are committed to furthering food equity for all.

 

We were honored to see an outpouring of support during our press conference this week, which included remarks from Dr. Moses Dixon of CMAA, Pam Suprenant of the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, Rev. Clyde Talley of Yes We Care and Belmont AME Zion, Jean McMurray of the Worcester County Food Bank, and Congressman Jim McGovern.

Check out the full press conference below!

Want to hear more about the program? MassLive has you covered!

Click here to read the full article about this week’s announcement.

Pictured left to right: Dr. Moses Dixon (CMAA), Congressman Jim McGovern (2nd District of Massachusetts), Rev. Clyde Talley (Yes We Care and Belmont AME Zion Church), Pam Suprenant (YMCA of Central Massachusetts), Jean McMurray (Worcester County Food Bank)

Pictured left to right: Congressman Jim McGovern (2nd District of Massachusetts), Pam Suprenant (YMCA of Central Massachusetts), Jean McMurray (Worcester County Food Bank), Tom Slicklen (Provision Ministries), Dr. Moses Dixon (CMAA), Rev. Clyde Talley (Yes We Care and Belmont AME Zion Church)

 

The CMAA Senior Bulletin – April 15, 2021

Eldercare 2021 Updates

(Including a Video Message From Dr. Dixon!)

Check out this video message from our Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Moses Dixon, for more details about Eldercare 2021 (premiering May 3rd)!

Our website also provides additional information about Eldercare, including presentation topics and community resources.

You can also ‘like’ and follow our social media pages for updates about virtual vendors, community resources, and program sponsors throughout April and May.

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.

Questions? Email akrasinski@seniorconnection.org

 

News and Updates

Family Matters: Multigenerational Living Is on the Rise and Here to Stay

A new study reveals multigenerational living nearly quadrupled in the past decade, with the pandemic playing a strong role.

Click here to read the full report and learn more.

Local Events in Central Massachusetts

State of the Lakes: 2020 and Beyond

April 20th, 6:00pm-7:00pm

Virtual Event

Join City of Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks to learn about the quality of Worcester’s recreational waters and the exciting projects aimed at keeping our lakes and ponds healthy and thriving.

In this virtual presentation, they will be premiering 5 short videos providing an overview of their work at Bell Pond, Lake Qunisigamond, Coes Reservoir, and Indian Lake, as well as a summary of the City-wide efforts to keep Worcester’s Blue Spaces beautiful. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Learn more about the Lakes and Ponds Program at http://www.worcesterma.gov/water-sewer/recreational-waters.

Register to receive the event link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/145497070655

Virtual Savvy Caregiver Training

Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27

June 3, 10

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Our friends at Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc. and Tri-Valley Inc. are holding a free six-week program for family and friends who are  actively caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias.

Email lblack@tves.org or ddfoley@eswa.org to register!

Massachusetts COVID-19 Information

Beginning April 5th, all those who are 55 and older as well as those who have one certain medical condition are eligible.

Beginning of April 19th, the vaccine will be available to the general public.

Please note that vaccine supplies are still very limited. It may take several weeks to get an appointment, so be mindful and patient as best you can.

Additionally, it is immensely important to continue to follow social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines even if you have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

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 it to reflect new information and working to simplify the appointment process.
  • 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 to the homepage of our website, including a link to the part of the Massachusetts state website with vaccination clinic locations. (The link can also be found here.) 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 determining eligibility and how to schedule a vaccination appointment.

Your local senior center, council on aging, and certain community groups can offer assistance with online scheduling as well!

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 beginning on Monday, April 12, 2021 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.

Gardner Regional Vaccination Clinic with Heywood Hospital

The City of Gardner & Heywood Hospital Regional Vaccination Clinic at the Polish American Citizens Club will continue to announce upcoming vaccine appointments on the Gardner Health Department Facebook page as well as on the city website.

To visit the website and learn more, click here.

The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging will share updates as they become available.

(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 – April 01, 2021

CMAA and WCSO Distribute Over 1,000

‘File of Life Cards’ This Week!

We’ve continued travelling across Central Massachusetts to distribute revised ‘File of Life’ cards to older adults. This week, we’ve distributed well over 1,000!

What are ‘File of Life’ Cards?

‘File of Life’ cards contain valuable information about medications, prescriptions, and health conditions. They are magnetic cards that can be placed on a refrigerator for first responders to see during an emergency. With CMAA’s assistance, these updated cards now include a safe space to store COVID-19 Vaccination information! They are also available in Spanish.

We made several stops in Athol and Gardner this week. Dr. Moses Dixon, CMAA staff members, Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, The Mayor of Gardner, the Senior Citizens Director of Gardner, and the Executive Director of the Athol Council on Aging all joined in!

CMAA and WCSO Gearing Up for

Eldercare 2021

The May 3rd premiere of Eldercare 2021 is quickly approaching and we couldn’t be more excited! Check out our social media pages for updates about virtual vendors, community resources, and program sponsors throughout April and May.

Our website also provides detailed information about Eldercare, including presentation topics and community resources.

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.

Questions? Email akrasinski@seniorconnection.org

Community Updates

Franklin Public Library

‘Indoor Seed Starting Workshop’

There are so many more varieties of vegetables than what the garden centers offer!

On April 6th at 7:00pm, the Franklin Public Library and Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens will show you everything you need to know about starting your own plants from seed.

To register, please visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEscO6sqDstGdw2l8CcAIbaqeX4D83nB2KM

Writing Workshop with Worcester’s Poets Laureate

Join the City of Worcester’s Poets Laureate Juan Matos and Amina Mohammed for a Poetry Writing Workshop on April 14th!

Experienced poets and novices, teens and adults alike are invited to join this virtual workshop and hear the experiences of the Poets Laureate, who will share some of their works and guide attendees through creating their own poetry.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, this Poetry Writing Workshop is hosted in partnership between the Worcester Public Library and the City of Worcester’s Cultural Development Division. For ages 16+

More details available at mywpl.assabetinteractive.com.

Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Beginning April 5th, all those who are 55 and older as well as those who have one certain medical condition are eligible.

Beginning of April 19th, the vaccine will be available to the general public.

Please note that vaccine supplies are still very limited. It may take several weeks to get an appointment, so be mindful and patient as best you can.

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 it to reflect new information and working to simplify the appointment process.
  • 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 to the homepage of our website, including a link to the part of the Massachusetts state website with vaccination clinic locations. (The link can also be found here.) 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 determining eligibility and how to schedule a vaccination appointment.

Your local senior center, council on aging, and certain community groups can offer assistance with online scheduling as well!

Gardner Regional Vaccination Clinic with Heywood Hospital

 

The City of Gardner & Heywood Hospital Regional Vaccination Clinic at the Polish American Citizens Club will continue to announce upcoming vaccine appointments on the Gardner Health Department Facebook page as well as on the city website.

To visit the website and learn more, click here.

The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging will share updates as they become available.

(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 – March 19, 2021

Welcome to The Senior Bulletin, a newsletter filled with important updates for older adults and their supporters across Central Massachusetts!

CMAA and WCSO Continue with

COVD-19 ‘File of Life’ Cards Distribution

Our efforts to get 10,000 ‘COVID-19 File of Life’ cards to older adults across the region continued this week up in Northern Central Massachusetts!

This week, the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging and Worcester County Sheriff’s Office went up to Leominster and Fitchburg to distribute hundreds more cards.

‘File of Life’ cards contain important medical information for first responders in the event of an emergency call. They are now a great place to store COVID-19 vaccine information and can be hung up right on a refrigerator!

Thank you again to our community partners, including the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.

Learn More About Eldercare 2021

Want to know more about this year’s Eldercare program?

Look no further!

Our latest poster highlights speakers and presentation topics for you. Check it out!

We’ll be broadcasting the event online and across the region on access television stations starting on May 3rd.

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.

Questions? Email akrasinski@seniorconnection.org

RMV Extends Senior Hours Through April

The RMV will extend their Senior Hours on Wednesdays through April for customers who need to conduct RMV transactions.

To sign up for an appointment, call the RMV at 857-368-8005 or email the RMV at MassDOTRMVSeniors@dot.state.ma

Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Beginning March 22nd, people over the age of 60, restaurant workers, grocery store workers, agricultural workers, meatpackers, and other foodservice workers will now be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please note that vaccine supplies are still very limited. It may take several weeks to get an appointment, so be mindful and patient as best you can.

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 it to reflect new information and working to simplify the appointment process.
  • 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 has also added COVID-19 vaccination information to the homepage of our website, including a link to the part of the Massachusetts state website with vaccination clinic locations. (The link can also be found here.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 determining eligibility and how to schedule a vaccination appointment.

New Regional Vaccination Site in Uxbridge

Starting March 22nd, the former McCloskey Middle School in Uxbridge will be a regional collaborative vaccination site.

Learn more about the new Uxbridge regional vaccine center by clicking here!

The CMAA Senior Bulletin – March 11, 2021

Welcome to another edition of The Senior Bulletin, a weekly update for older adults in Central Massachusetts and their allies.

We have been so excited to see sunny weather this week and hope you are all doing well. Remember to roll your clocks ahead this Sunday for Daylight Savings Time!

 

Read on for local events, updates, and the latest COVID-19 vaccine information.

 

To view ‘The Senior Bulletin en espanol” click here.

CMAA UPDATES

CMAA and WCSO Deliver 1,000

COVD-19 ‘File of Life’ Cards to Southbridge Area

This past week, the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging worked with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Harrington Healthcare, and the Southbridge Casaubon Senior Center  to deliver 1,000 ‘COVID-19 File of Life’ cards to older adults in the Southbridge area.

This stop was part of our effort to deliver 10,000 ‘COVID-19 File of Life’ cards to local senior centers and aging service access points across Central Massachusetts!

‘File of Life’ cards contain important medical information for first responders in the event of an emergency call. These cards now also provide a safe place for seniors to store their COVID-19 vaccination information.

Thank you to our community partners, including the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, for this collaboration. We are excited to continue serving the seniors in our region!

CMAA Celebrates Women’s History Month

Each day on our social media, we will be highlighting a woman in history whose has made an impact on women’s history.

Follow us on social media to learn more about these important individuals! Click the social media buttons below to be directly connected to our accounts.

Eldercare 2021 Is Coming Soon!

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Mark your calendars for May 3, 2021 because #ElderCare2021 is coming to a screen near you!

Learn about local resources and information for older adults in Central Massachusetts virtually. We’ll be broadcasting the event online on our Youtube page and across the region on access television stations starting on May 3rd.

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.

EVENTS AND MORE

Leominster Senior Center Drive-Thru St. Patrick’s Day Lunch

The Leominster Senior Center will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Drive Thru Lunch on Wednesday, March 17th at 12:00pm.

Space is limited, so contact the Senior Center at (978) 534-7511 to reserve your spot!

Clinton Senior Center Zumba at St. John’s Gym

Join the Clinton Senior Center on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30pm for an hour of Zumba!

St. John’s Gym is located at 149 Chestnut Street in Clinton.

To sign-up, contact the Clinton Senior Center at 978-733-4747.

Winchendon History and Cultural Center Looking for Volunteer Tour Guides

The Winchendon History and Cultural Center is looking for volunteers to give tours of their buildings for this season. No experience necessary. They’ll show you what to do!.

Message them on their Facebook page or call 978-833-3025 for more information!

 

CENTRAL MA RESOURCES

Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Currently, the following groups are eligible for vaccinations:

  • people listed in Phase 1
  • people age 65 and older
  • people over the age of 16 with 2+ certain medical conditions
  • caregivers accompanying people 75+ to vaccination appointments
  • adults who live or work in public and private low income and affordable senior housing

  • K-12 educators, child care workers, and K-12 school staff

Please note that vaccine supplies are very limited. It may take several weeks to get an appointment, so be mindful and patient as best you can.

Here is a link to information about what medical conditions are currently eligible in the current phase: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccinations-for-individuals-with-certain-medical-conditions

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 it to reflect new information and working to simplify the appointment process.

The state is also rolling out a pre-registration link to be notified when it’s your turn to schedule an appointment at a mass vaccination location. For more information, visit www.mass.gov/info-details/preregister-for-a-covid-19-vaccine-appointment

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 has also added COVID-19 vaccination information to the homepage of our website, including a link to the part of the Massachusetts state website with vaccination clinic locations. (The link can also be found here.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 and local senior center can also be of great assistance when it comes to determining eligibility and how to schedule a vaccination appointment.

For our friends in Uxbridge, Mendon, Douglas, and Northbridge

The Uxbridge Board of Health now has a COVID-19 Vaccine Notification form available! Click here to access the form.

If you are a resident or an employee who works in Uxbridge, Mendon, Douglas, or Northbridge and are interested in receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine, please compete this form so they can notify you when a clinic becomes available to you. You can fill out this form on behalf of someone else. If you are inquiring about several individuals, please fill out one form for each individual. Notifications will be sent by email.

The state is closely following a Vaccine Distribution Plan. The vaccine is being distributed in order of Priority identified in the plan. They will use the information gathered in this form to provide you updates on where and when you can receive the vaccine. More information on the COVID-19 vaccine is found at www.mass.gov/vaccine.

For those with concerns about the safety of the vaccine or what information can be trusted, we have found an excellent resource to answer your questions.

The state of Massachusetts has a very thorough information section about what the vaccine is comprised of, how it works to protect you against COVID-19, and more.

Visit www.mass.gov/info-details/trust-the-facts-get-the-vax to learn more.

The AARP Tax-Aide Program Is Available to Help You Navigate Tax Season!

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides in-person and remote tax assistance free of charge to anyone, with a special focus on taxpayers who are 50 or older or who have low to moderate income.

Tax-Aide volunteers are located nationwide, and are trained and IRS-certified every year to make sure they know about and understand the latest changes and additions to the tax code. Tax help is provided in safe environments using a variety of methods based on a number of factors, including where you are located, COVID-19 spread, and volunteer availability. Visit aarp.org/taxaide for more details.

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

The CMAA Senior Bulletin – March 5, 2021

Welcome to The Senior Bulletin, your weekly update for older adults in Central Massachusetts and their supporters.

We have to new activities and resources to share with you this week, including the latest updates on our region’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

(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.

CMAA UPDATES

CMAA and WCSO Team Up To Deliver 10,000 COVD-19 ‘File of Life’ Cards

This past week, the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging worked with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office to deliver 500 ‘COVID-19 File of Life’ cards to the Worcester Senior Center in addition to several hundred cards for the Northborough Senior Center.

Over the next few weeks, we will be delivering 10,000 ‘COVID-19 File of Life’ cards in total to local senior centers across Central Massachusetts!

‘File of Life’ cards contain important medical information for first responders in the event of an emergency call. These cards now also provide a safe place for seniors to store their COVID-19 vaccination information.

Thank you to our community partners, including the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, for helping with this immense effort. Together, we can keep the older adults in our area a bit safer.

CMAA Celebrates Women’s History Month

Did you know that March is Women’s History Month?

Each day on our social media, we will be highlighting a woman in history whose has made an impact on women’s history.

Follow us on social media to learn more about these important individuals! Click the social media buttons below to be directly connected to our accounts.

Eldercare 2021 Is Coming Soon!

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Mark your calendars for May 3, 2021 because #ElderCare2021 is coming to a screen near you!

Learn about local resources and information for older adults in Central Massachusetts virtually. We’ll be broadcasting the event online and across the region on access television stations starting on May 3rd.

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.

EVENTS AND MORE

Virtual Rally to Open Nursing Home Doors

Join Consumer Voice on Friday, March 12th at 12:00pm ET for a rally commemorating the one year anniversary of the nursing home visitation ban.

The rally will honor those we’ve lost and provide an opportunity to hear directly from residents and family members about their experiences during the lockdown.

Click here for more information.

Fitchburg Envision JFH Artwork Challenge

Community members of Fitchburg are invited to submit artwork to the City’s Envision John Fitch Highway Artwork Challenge – depict your vision for a climate resilient corridor and be entered for a prize!

Deadline: March 12th.

For more details, visit the webpage: https://www.fitchburgma.gov/JFHProject

CENTRAL MA RESOURCES FOR SENIORS & CAREGIVERS

Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Currently, the following groups are eligible for vaccinations:

  • people listed in Phase 1
  • people age 65 and older
  • people over the age of 16 with 2+ certain medical conditions
  • caregivers accompanying people 75+ to vaccination appointments

Beginning March 11th, all K-12 educators, child care workers and K-12 school staff will be eligible to schedule appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Educators, child care workers, and K-12 school staff may book appointments at all 170 sites currently open to eligible residents in Massachusetts by visiting www.mass.gov/covidvaccinemap.

Please note that vaccine supplies are very limited. It may take several weeks to get an appointment, so be mindful and patient as best you can.

Here is a link to information about what medical conditions are currently eligible in the current phase: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccinations-for-individuals-with-certain-medical-conditions

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 it to reflect new information and working to simplify the appointment process.

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 has also added COVID-19 vaccination information to the homepage of our website, including a link to the part of the Massachusetts state website with vaccination clinic locations. (The link can also be found here.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 determining eligibility and how to schedule a vaccination appointment.

Mark Your Calendars!

Black Vaccination Day is March 10th

For those with concerns about the safety of the vaccine or what information can be trusted, we have found an excellent resource to answer your questions.

The state of Massachusetts has a very thorough information section about what the vaccine is comprised of, how it works to protect you against COVID-19, and more.

Visit www.mass.gov/info-details/trust-the-facts-get-the-vax to learn more.

Need Help This Tax Season?

Check out the AARP Tax-Aide Program

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides in-person and remote tax assistance free of charge to anyone, with a special focus on taxpayers who are 50 or older or who have low to moderate income.

Tax-Aide volunteers are located nationwide, and are trained and IRS-certified every year to make sure they know about and understand the latest changes and additions to the tax code. Tax help is provided in safe environments using a variety of methods based on a number of factors, including where you are located, COVID-19 spread, and volunteer availability. Visit aarp.org/taxaide for more details.

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