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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 – 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.

The Senior Bulletin – February 26, 2021

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

We are excited to share new activities, resources, and opportunities with you this week! We’ll also be highlighting important updates about 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.)

CMAA UPDATES

Eldercare 2021 Goes Virtual

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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 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.

CMAA Receives $16,500 From The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts

We are extending a big thank you to the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts for recently awarding $16,500 to support grandparents raising grandchildren in North Central Massachusetts!

“This pandemic has put enormous burdens on all families.  Thanks to our partnership with the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging scores of grandparents across North Central Massachusetts and the children they are raising will receive help to adjust to COVID conditions,” said Stephen Adams, President of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.

This will significantly help our Agency continue our efforts to reach older adults and families in need, particularly in the northern part of the region.

Thank you for your support!

“The State of Older Adults in Central Massachusetts”

with Dr. Moses Dixon

Our Executive Director, Dr. Moses Dixon, recently gave an address about the state of older adults in central Massachusetts. In the address, he highlighted the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the older populations in our region. He also discussed how the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging has responded to support local efforts during these challenging times.

Click the play button above or click this link to watch!

Produced and edited by Revelation 

EVENTS AND MORE

Uxbridge Senior Center

The Uxbridge Senior Center, in collaboration with the UHS Student Council, and the National Residence Hall Honorary Bridgewater State University Campus, are offering FaceTime and Pen Pal Programs for seniors. This also include students from Taft Elementary School and local volunteers.

Call 508-278-8622 to sign up and let the Center know if you prefer FaceTime or the Pen Pal Program.

Spring Gardening Program with Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens

Tuesday, March 9 at 6:30pm via Zoom

Join the experts of Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens for this virtual class on Herb Gardening.

Let’s face it…. store bought herbs, either fresh or dried, can really put a strain on your wallet. Why not grow your own?

This is a virtual class which will be held on the Zoom platform.

Click here to register

Medicare 101 Sessions

The SHINE Program will be hosting Medicare 101 sessions via Zoom on:

  • March 2
  • March 9
  • March 16
  • March 23
  • March 30

This is a great way to get introduced to Medicare!

To register, visit shinema.org

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 and older to vaccination appointments

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!

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.

Black Vaccination Day

March 10th

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.

The Senior Bulletin – Feb. 18, 2021

Welcome to The Senior Bulletin, your place for events, resources, and information for older adults in Central Massachusetts.

We are excited to share new activities, resources, and opportunities with you. We’ll also be highlighting important updates about our region’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Read on to learn more!

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

CMAA UPDATES

CMAA Celebrates African-American History Month

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In recognition of this important time, we will be highlighting the many contributions and history of the Black community throughout February.

Follow along on our social media pages!

Links are provided at the bottom of the newsletter.

Eldercare 2021 Goes Virtual

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 cable access 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.

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“The State of Older Adults in Central Massachusetts”

with Dr. Moses Dixon

 

Our Executive Director, Dr. Moses Dixon, recently gave an address about the state of older adults in central Massachusetts. In the address, he highlighted the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the older populations in our region. He also discussed how the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging has responded to support local efforts during these challenging times.

Click the play button above or click this link to watch!

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EVENTS AND MORE

Calling all writers!

Be a part of Quabbin Quills’ newest anthology, Beyond the Pathway.

Visit www.quabbinquills.org or email info@quabbinquills.org to learn about guidelines. They are currently accepting submissions for all genres and it is completely free! Each author also gets a free copy of the book.

Deadline to submit is March 1st.

Webinar: Financial Protection for Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET
Join at FCC.gov/live

Hear from experts from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and ACL on Tuesday, February 23 at 1 pm ET for a free webinar on financial protection of older adults during the COVID pandemic. The FCC will begin the program with an overview of coronavirus-related phone scams targeting older adults. The CFPB will share resources to help older adults address the financial impact of the pandemic. HHS will conclude the webinar with a discussion of the role of the aging services network.

Presenters:
• Hilary Dalin – HHS, Administration for Community Living
• Lisa Weintraub Schifferle – CFPB, Office for Older Americans
• Eduard Bartholme – FCC, Division of Consumer and Governmental Affairs

If you have questions or need additional information, contact olderamericans@cfpb.gov.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables at the

Clinton Senior Center

Beginning on March 5th, visit the Clinton Senior Center and pick up some FRESH FRUITS and VEGETABLES.

This program will occur each Friday through the month of March, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. A fantastic way to stay healthy during the winter!

This program is funded by a Fallon Health Mini Grant.

CENTRAL MA RESOURCES FOR

SENIORS & CAREGIVERS

Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Information

As of February 18th, the following groups are eligible for vaccinations:

  • people listed in Phase 1
  • people age 65 and older
  • caregivers accompanying people 75 and older to vaccination appointments

Please note that vaccine supplies are very limited. It may take several weeks to get an appointment.

Here is a link to a fact sheet with the latest updates for people 65 and older: www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-vaccine-overview-for-individuals-ages-65-and-older/download

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!

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.

Exciting news for the northern part of central Massachusetts!

The city of Gardner has announced they will be providing COVID-19 vaccines in collaboration with Heywood Healthcare. Vaccinations will be at the Polish American Citizens Club (PACC) at 171 Kendall Pond Rd W, Gardner, MA 01440.

You will need to present a form of identification or an attestation form that indicates that you are in an eligible category to receive the vaccine. You can download, print, and sign the form before your appointment or fill it out when you arrive. The form can be found on the website link listed below.

A reminder that younger companions who accompany older residents to vaccine appointments will not be vaccinated at this site.

To register for an appointment, click here.  You can also register by calling their call center at 978-630-8304 during designated times.

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.

CMAA Senior Bulletin – Jan. 21, 2021

Central MA Local Happenings

Blackstone Valley

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“Building a Ballpark” A discussion with Larry Lucchino & Janet Marie Smith,
dicussion about Polar Park

Join the Blackstone Valley Chamber for a one hour session with Larry Lucchino and Janet Marie Smith on Tuesday January 26th 2021 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm.

The session is a free live Zoom webinar.

Larry Lucchino is Chairman and Principal Owner of the Worcester Red Sox.
Janet Marie Smith serves as Executive Vice President of Planning & Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

You will learn about the magic behind “Building a Ballpark” the powerful relationship between Lucchino and Smith that has built iconic ballparks, and what the dynamic duo has planned for Worcester.

Presentation will take place via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link one day prior to event.

To sign up, contact the  Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce
(508) 234-9090 or administrator@blackstonevalley.org

Bolton

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The Bolton COA presents “Songbirds of the Northeast” with John Root (Naturalist)

The free virtual program will take place on January 26th at 11:00am.

To register, call Heather at 978-779-3314 or email hgoodsell@townofbolton.com

Medway

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Medway COA is offering online exercise classes for ALL levels (from stretching to full workouts). Both fitness instructors are wonderful and will work with you if you have specific needs or goals.

Please contact CRiley@townofmedway.org for more information.

Central MA Senior & Caregiver Resources

Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Information

There are a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process. We’re here to help give you the best information directly from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

*Note: this information is subject to change. It is best to consult the state website for the most up-to-date information about the vaccination process.

Who is able to be vaccinated now?

We are currently in Phase 1 of the vaccine distribution process. This means groups like clinical health workers, long-term care communities, congregate care settings, and emergency services are currently being prioritized for vaccination. Click here for a comprehensive list of the groups in each phase of the COVID-19 vaccination timeline.

Not eligible for Phase 1 vaccination?

Based on state information, the Department of Public Health aims to begin Phase 2 in February/March 2021. This means individuals with 2+ comorbidities (high risk for COVID-19 complications), individuals age 75+, and residents and staff of public and private low income and affordable senior housing will begin receiving vaccines.

Where can someone go to get vaccinated?

There are several vaccination sites available across the state, including Gardner, Leominster, Southbridge, and Worcester. These vaccination sites are only for groups deemed eligible for Phase 1. To download a list of vaccination sites or view a map of vaccination locations, click here. The information is towards the bottom of the page.

Have additional questions?

The Department of Health has many frequently asked questions on their website ranging from vaccine safety to what the vaccination experience is like. Click here to be directed to their FAQ page.

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FCC Seeks Input on Providing Broadband Services and Devices to Low-Income Households

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking to provide broadband service and devices to low-income households. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 directed the FCC to create the program, which would reimburse participating companies for providing discounted broadband service and connected devices to eligible households during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will pay up to $50 for a broadband connection per qualifying household. On Tribal lands, that monthly discount may be up to $75 per month. The program will also purchase a device (such as a phone, laptop, or tablet) to connect to the Internet up to $100 of the cost of the device so long as the household contributes no less than $10 and no more than $50 for the device. Participating providers will receive reimbursement from the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program for the discounts provided.

Find more information about this request for comment.

Comments are due by February 16. Comments and replies may be filed electronically via ECFS: http://www.fcc.gov/ecfs.

All filings should refer to WC Docket No. 20-445. Filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission. Comments may be filed by paper or by using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).

Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing.

Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9050 Junction Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701.

U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 45 L St, NE, Washington, DC 20554.

People with Disabilities. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (tty).

CMAA Updates

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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 cable access 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, WTAG News Radio,

and The Vitality Magazine

CMAA Senior Bulletin

CMAA Updates

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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 cable access! More details to come.

Presented by:

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging &

Sheriff Lew Evangelidis of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

Sponsored by:

Joseph D. Early Jr. Worcester District Attorney’s Office,

Reliant Medical Group, UMass Memorial Medical Center, UMass Medical School, Unibank, Fallon Health, WTAG News Radio,

and The Vitality Magazine

Central MA Local Happenings

Across Our Region

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Have you heard of the SilverSneakers program?

It’s an great way for people who are 65+ to get active and moving!

Many places in our area host virtual group workouts using this program, so give your local senior center/council on aging a ring to find out.

To learn more about this program and view online offerings, click here.

Ashby

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On Friday, January 15th from 9:00am-10:00am, swing by the front of the Ashby Library and grab a free cup of joe and a freshly made donut!

For safety, please stay in your car. Coffee and donuts will be delivered to you.

Worcester

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The 36th Annual Martin Luther King Community Breakfast, traditionally held at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, will be held virtually on Monday, January 18th at 8:00am.

This year’s guest speaker will be Rev. John H. Vaughn, Executive Pastor at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, which was the home church for Dr. King.

The program will feature the release of the first Worcester “Black History Moment” — a video presentation of the Worcester Black History Project in collaboration with the Worcester Historical Museum; Greetings from the Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty; and Awarding of the Martin Luther King Scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The link to view the virtual breakfast on Monday, January 18, 2021, @ 8:00 AM will be: www.qcc.edu/mlk .

For more information contact Selina Boria at Sboria@qcc.mass.edu or 508 854-4368

Franklin

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The Franklin Senior Center is proud to present…

TELE-BINGO!

Mon & Thurs at 1:00 PM

Join via phone call, no computer needed! We’ll provide a kit with everything you need to play. Call the Franklin Senior Center to sign up.

Call-in telephone number for bingo is: 508-206-8603

Central MA Senior & Caregiver Resources

MCPHS University Pharmacy Outreach Program

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FCC Seeks Input on Providing Broadband Services and Devices to Low-Income Households

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking to provide broadband service and devices to low-income households. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 directed the FCC to create the program, which would reimburse participating companies for providing discounted broadband service and connected devices to eligible households during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will pay up to $50 for a broadband connection per qualifying household. On Tribal lands, that monthly discount may be up to $75 per month. The program will also purchase a device (such as a phone, laptop, or tablet) to connect to the Internet up to $100 of the cost of the device so long as the household contributes no less than $10 and no more than $50 for the device. Participating providers will receive reimbursement from the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program for the discounts provided.

Find more information about this request for comment.

Comments are due by February 16. Comments and replies may be filed electronically via ECFS: http://www.fcc.gov/ecfs.

All filings should refer to WC Docket No. 20-445. Filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission. Comments may be filed by paper or by using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).

Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing.

Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9050 Junction Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701.

U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 45 L St, NE, Washington, DC 20554.

People with Disabilities. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (tty).

CMAA Senior Bulletin – Jan 6, 2021

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CMAA Updates

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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 cable access!

Presented by:

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging &

Sheriff Lew Evangelidis of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

Sponsored by:

Joseph D. Early Jr. of the Worcester District Attorney’s Office,

Reliant Medical Group, UMass Memorial Medical Center, UMass Medical School, Unibank, Fallon Health, WTAG News Radio, and The Vitality Magazine

Central MA Local Happenings

Grafton

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Fitchburg

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The Fitchburg Senior Center is now offering copies of “The Little Bird”, a newsletter where each issue focuses on a specific theme. Examples of topics range from The California Gold Rush, The Great Molasses Flood, and more! This publication is edited by Nancy Franks, a frequent presenter at senior centers and retirement communities around Massachusetts. She’s taken her extensive knowledge virtual during this time of isolation.

Call the Fitchburg Senior Center at (978) 829-1790 to receive your copy.

Worcester

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WORCESTER SENIOR CENTER: INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY

LEARN TO USE ZOOM

You have heard the term and maybe even participated in a Zoom meeting. Now learn the basics to stay in touch with family and friends!

Join Richard Spool, WSC participant and QCC professor of Computer Literacy who will conduct 3 sessions:

Session 1: Wed. Jan. 13, 2021

10am-11am: Intro to New Zoom Users

Session 2: Wed. Jan. 20, 2021

10am-11am: Creating and using a Zoom Account

Session 3: Wed. Jan. 27, 2021

10am-11am: Hosting a Zoom Meeting

Participants need to know how to use the Zoom invite to participate in the sessions. Ample time for questions and answers throughout the sessions will be given.

After registering by emailing lapins@worcesterma.gov, you will

receive Zoom links, hand-outs to print and links to related websites.

Sessions will be recorded to add to the Channel 192 and WSC playlists.

Space is limited, so sign up today!

Medway

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The Friends of Medway Elders, a non-profit organization run by volunteers, is looking for applicants for its Board of Directors. If you would like to apply to this Board and help the Medway Seniors, please submit a letter of intent by January 10th 2021.

Please contact the Center at (508) 533-3210 if you have any questions.

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