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NEWSLETTERS

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

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – October 4, 2022

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THE LATEST AT CMAA

Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Worcester County

Team CMAA is gearing up for the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s and needs your help. We’re raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association as part of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Will you support our efforts? Click the button below to donate!

SUPPORT TEAM CMAA

 

UnitedHealthcare Expo at Gillette Stadium

Earlier this month, our team attended the UnitedHealthcare Expo at Gillette Stadium and had a fabulous time. We connected with everyone from healthcare professionals to fellow nonprofits committed to improving health outcomes and community wellness. The day was full of interesting activities including dance performances! Thank you to United Healthcare for the invitation and for organizing the event.

 

AgeWell Expo in Fitchburg

We’re looking forward to attending the Aging Services of North Central Massachusetts AgeWell Expo and hope to see you there! The event is Thursday, September 29th from 11:00am-4:00pm at The Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg. For more information, visit the ASNCM website.

 

Celebrating a Champion of Health and Wellness

It’s almost time for the Massachusetts Health Council Awards ceremony and we’re gearing up to celebrate Dr. Dixon’s accomplishment! If you missed last month’s announcement, he is one of four Champion of Health and Wellness honorees who are being recognized for the positive impact they have had across communities. Congratulations, Dr. Dixon!

 

RESOURCES & AWARENESS

Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! From September 15 – October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the lives, accomplishments, and histories of the many Hispanic cultures across the globe. We’re proud to be a part of that recognition! Here are several resources to explore:

 

Fall Prevention for Older Adults

Did you know that September is Fall Prevention Month? Older adults have an increased risk of falls, which can have lasting health consequences. Let’s work together to keep our communities (and ourselves) safe! Click the button below for more details about how you can promote fall prevention.

Facts and Tips for Healthy Aging

Millions of older adults struggle with health and safety concerns. This negatively impact overall wellness and well-being. How can we change this trend?

We’ve rounded up some resources that provide some insights on healthy aging and older adults. Click for more information and advice:

 

Support Long Term Care Residents!

If you are looking for more information about long-term care or help resolving a concern, CMAA is here to help!

Our Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program volunteers visit residents of local nursing homes and rest homes on a regular basis and investigate resident concerns regarding personal care, personal belongings, roommate problems, food concerns, or any other issues that impact their quality of life in the home. They also provide education for caregivers, families, and community members.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Reach out to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Director at OMB@seniorconnection.org

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CENTRAL MA LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – August 30, 2022

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A Woostar at CMAA

Thank you to Country Bank and the WooSox Foundation for recognizing Dr. Moses S. Dixon, our President & CEO, as a 2022 Woostar!

This honor reflects Dr. Dixon’s leadership and efforts to improve the lives of older adults and caregivers in Central Massachusetts. We would also like to thank Country Bank and the WooSox Foundation for their generous donation CMAA! Together can make a difference.

Support Team CMAA in the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

 

 

A Champion of Health and Wellness at CMAA

We are pleased to share that our President & CEO, Dr. Moses S. Dixon, will be honored as a 2022 Champion of Health and Wellness Honoree by the Massachusetts Health Council. His work promoting health equity for older adults and caregivers in Central Massachusetts is making a huge impact across the Commonwealth.

The ceremony will take place at the Massachusetts Health Council’s Annual Awards ceremony on Thursday, October 6th at the Seaport Boston Hotel starting at 5:30pm.

Stay tuned for more updates and details!

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – July 27, 2022

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Presentation at USAging Conference 2022

 

CMAA staff had a blast at this year’s USAging conference in Austin!

In fact, our very own Ethan Belding (Vice President of Planning & Research) and Dr. Moses S. Dixon (President & CEO) presented about the Central Massachusetts Senior Dental Clinic. We are incredibly proud of this program and grateful for the community partnerships that have led to it being such a huge success!

Culturally Competent Meals at the Clinton Senior Center

Culturally competent meals contain food and recipes that hold significance for a particular culture or subcultural group. The Cultural Meal Program for seniors has been busy hosting workshops about nutrition and sharing cultural recipes with participants. Check out their latest stop at the Clinton Senior Center!

For information and resources about culturally competent meals in Central Mass, contact CMAA at 508-852-5539.

Celebrating Our Role in the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s 

Did you know that CMAA is a proud sponsor of this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Worcester County? Our team is gearing up for this October’s event and looking forward to participating for all 3.1 miles! Click the button below to learn more about this important event.

RESOURCES & AWARENESS

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is recognized as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. As shared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health “…racial and ethnic minorities often suffer from poor mental health outcomes due to the cultural stigma and lack of access to mental health care services.” These concerns are especially prevalent in older populations. Click the button for more information and support.

Disability Pride Month

In honor of Disability Pride Month, we’ve rounded up some excellent resources and information about disability awareness. Take a look at our social media posts about this topic by clicking the button below.

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – May 22, 2022

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CMAA Leads Effort to Secure AARP Age Friendly Designation for the City of Worcester

We are pleased to share that through the efforts of CMAA, the City of Worcester, and over 80 community partners, including local organizations, businesses, and community members…Worcester is officially an “age-friendly” city!

What is “age-friendly”?

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities serves as a catalyst to educate local leaders (both elected officials and engaged residents) and encourage them to implement the types of changes that make communities more livable for people of all ages. The network provides cities, towns, counties and states with the resources to become more age-friendly by tapping into national and global research, planning models and best practices.

What is Age Friendly Worcester?

The Age Friendly Worcester Initiative is a group of community stakeholders from diverse backgrounds working together to make Worcester a vibrant, livable place for everyone, regardless of age or ability.

The goal of the Age Friendly Worcester initiative is to combine collective expertise and build on current community efforts to follow the next steps in the AARP Age-Friendly designation process for the City of Worcester. This will make Worcester a more accessible, inclusive 

 

 

What has Age Friendly Worcester been up to?

It’s been an incredibly busy year for the Age Friendly Worcester (AFW) initiative! Gathering community stakeholders, coming up with issue areas to focus on, sharing expertise and data, designing marketing materials, community outreach…the Age Friendly Worcester team has been hard at work to get this designation and committee off the ground.

Press Event and Designation Ceremony

We publicly announced the initiative and received the “age-friendly” designation from AARP at an official press event this May!

From guest speakers and free merch to cake (created by QCC) and pies (donated by TableTalk), we celebrated the immense efforts that have been put into this initiative while encouraging community involvement.

Here are some fun recap video produced by the City of Worcester Cable Services (Government Channel) and photos, including our very own Dr. Moses S. Dixon speaking to the crowd!

 

 

 

Community Outreach at Worcester’s Tercentennial

Members of Age Friendly Worcester had an active presence at Worcester’s 300th anniversary event this June.

Ethan Belding and Amber Krasinski, representing the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, Inc. along with Berni Engdahl from the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, connected with attendees to spread the word about AFW and important programs for the visually impaired in the area.

With the help of a prize wheel from the Worcester Senior Center, we educated folks of all ages about topics in aging and Worcester. We also handed out tons of swag bags and bilingual resource materials. Take a look!

 

How to Get Involved with Age Friendly Worcester

The Age Friendly Worcester initiative is looking for community input and engagement. If you want to make Worcester a more livable, accessible place for all, sign up to receive more info and updates. More details about community conversations and next steps in this process are coming soon.

To learn more about this important work, click here!

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – May 5, 2022

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CMAA UPDATES

CMAA and AARP Community Shred Days at Worcester Senior Center

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Community Shred Days at the Worcester Senior Center. We had a fantastic turnout and shredded a TON of documents.

For a full recap, check out this piece from Spectrum 1 News!

 

 

Cyber Seniors: Tech Training with Verizon at the Worcester Senior Center

Looking for help with your smartphone? Not sure where to start? Check out “Cyber Seniors: Mobile Devices 101” on May 17th at the Worcester Senior Center from 10:00am-11:30am. CMAA is teaming up with Verizon and the Worcester Senior Center for an incredible in-person workshop designed to help you feel confident with your mobile device.

Call 508-799-1232 to register!

 

 

 

Become a Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman!

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

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

 

 

Clinton Senior Center Launches “Grady’s Groceries” with Support from CMAA

We are so proud to announce the launch of “Grady’s Groceries”, a new food pantry at the Clinton Senior Center. 

Grady’s Groceries” is named after Mr. Bill Grady, a longtime supporter and former board member of the Clinton Senior Center. We’re so glad to have met his family at this week’s ribbon cutting ceremony! Thanks in part to support from CMAA, this food pantry will serve the Clinton, MA community by providing appropriately-sized items for seniors. This includes one lb. bags of flour, smaller sized personal care items, and more.

“Grady’s Groceries” opens on May 27th, so mark your calendars and spread the word!

COVID-19 UPDATES

 

Many people are now eligible to receive a third dose of their COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about updated booster guidelines here. 

 

Have you heard about the omicron sub-variant, BA.2.12.1? Take a look at this piece for all the details.

EVENTS & RESOURCES

 

It’s officially Older Americans Month! At CMAA, we celebrate older adults all year, but this month is the perfect time to honor the elders in our communities. Check out this list of activities to get started!

 

 

Our friends at Tri-Valley are hosting a Cornhole Tournament to benefit their nutrition program on Saturday, May 7th. The tournament takes place at Webster Fish And Game (91 Gore Rd. Webster, MA).  For more information, email TKOZIAK12@gmail.com

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – April 21, 2022

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CMAA UPDATES

CMAA and AARP Community Shred Days at Worcester Senior Center

Shred those old documents with the help of CMAA and AARP Massachusetts! Stop by the Worcester Senior Center on April 25th and May 2nd from 9:00am-12:00pm for a community shred day.

First come, first served. Two boxes minimum per person.

 

 North Central MA Senior Home Repair Program

Are you an older adult in North Central Massachusetts who is looking for home repair support? From installing accessibility features to fixing an old deck, the Senior Home Repair program can help! Call 978-348-2749 for details.

This program is a partnership between CMAA and Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts.

 

 

Become a Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman!

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

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

COVID-19 UPDATES

Many folks are now eligible to receive a third dose of their COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about updated booster guidelines here. 

 

Have you heard about the latest omicron sub-variant, BA.2.12.1? This variant now accounts for 20% of all cases. Take a look at this piece for all the details.

EVENTS & RESOURCES

 

Celebrate the official announcement of Age Friendly Worcester on May 11th at the Worcester Senior Center starting at 12:00pm. Hear from local officials and organizational leaders about the initiative and how YOU can get involved. Merch and refreshments will be available. In-person attendance is limited, so don’t delay in signing up!

Register here: https://forms.gle/3MjrvEYjG6Apzy299

Please note: The event organizers are also exploring a hybrid event (virtual AND in person).

Age Friendly Worcester is on a mission to make the City of Worcester livable and accessible for folks of all ages.

Fun in Fitchburg! The 24th Art in Bloom event returns Thursday, April 29 through Sunday May 1, at the Fitchburg Art Museum, located at 185 Elm St. 

Museum doors to the event will open Thursday from 1-5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Check out this article for more info!

 

 

The National Council on Aging is proud to host the 5th annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium on May 16, 2022. This event is co-sponsored with the U.S. Administration for Community Living, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Registration is free and includes a full day of sessions on how to best meet the mental health needs of older adults. In partnership with Rush University’s E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging, NCOA will be offering continuing education credit for several professions.

Click here to register!

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – April 6, 2022

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CMAA UPDATES

CMAA and AARP Community Shred Day at Worcester Senior Center

Shred those old documents with the help of CMAA and AARP! Stop by the Worcester Senior Center on April 25th and May 2nd for a community shred day.

First come, first served. Two boxes minimum per person.

 

Become a Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman!

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

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

 

 North Central MA Senior Home Repair Program

We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Habitat for Humanity of North Central Massachusetts for a new program that helps older homeowners receive home repair support. From installing accessibility features to fixing an old deck, the Senior Home Repair program can help! Call 978-348-2749 for details.

COVID-19 UPDATES

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

 

Test positive for COVID-19? UMass Memorial Health can help!

Check out their information about COVID-19 treatment options and get the help you’re looking for.

EVENTS & RESOURCES

Are you a rural person with a disability with limited transportation access? The University of Montana wants to hear your story!

The Research & Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities at the University of Montana is conducting a study about rural transportation options and are looking for people with disabilities to interview over the phone or via video chat.

For their study, they want to learn about how folks get around their community – where do you go and how do you get there?

They are specifically looking for folks who rely on others for rides or use public transportation (bus, paratransit, vanpool, etc.).

If you decide to participate, you will:

  • Complete a one-on-one interview which will last about 1 hour
  • Receive $30 for your time

Participating is completely voluntary, and you may change your mind even if they schedule an interview.

To learn more or to sign up, contact Andrew Myers by email  or call 406-243-4683.

 

Join the “Sutton Saunters Historical Walking Group” to explore the town of Sutton while discussing its local history and lore!

Tuesday, April 19

10:30am

Meet behind Puckidhuddle Preschool in Manchaug

Wear comfortable clothing and footwear! Bringing a water bottle is also encouraged. In the event of rain the “Saunters” meet at the Sutton Senior Center.

 

Do you enjoy crafting? Check out the upcoming Stampin’ Up Class at the Franklin Senior Center on Wednesday, April 6th at 2:00pm. Call 508-520-4945 to register.

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin – March 28, 2022

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CMAA UPDATES

 North Central MA Senior Home Repair Program

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

 

Become a Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman!

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

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

 

EVENTS & RESOURCES

COVID & Beyond: Services and Resources for Diverse Older Adults

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

Click here to register!

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

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

 

 

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

EVENTS & RESOURCES

 

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

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

Online assistance available at www.WCAC.net/VITA

 

 

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

Tuesday, April 12

11:00am

Templeton Senior Center

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

 

 

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

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

 

The Central MA Senior Bulletin –March 14, 2022

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CMAA UPDATES

Become a Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman!

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

Central Massachusetts Senior Dental Program Accepting Patients

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

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

 

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

EVENTS & RESOURCES

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

 

 

The Making Connections Memory Café at the Worcester Senior Center

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

Tuesday

March 15th 2:00PM

Worcester Senior Center

128 Providence Street

Worcester MA

Performances by: Jim Perry & Johnny Bluehorn

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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