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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.

 

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.

Central MA Senior & Caregiver Resources

MassSupport Caregiver Coping Groups

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The Central MA Senior Bulletin

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CMAA Updates

Recently, the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, including Executive Director Moses Dixon, visited senior centers across Worcester County to deliver hundreds of cold weather items and goodies as part of the Central MA Elder Coat Drive.

Curious about how our stops went?

Click the play button below and find out!

Having trouble watching? No worries!

We’ve also posted the video to our Facebook page.

CMAA Events

Join the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging and Jarelys Yoga on Tuesday, December 22nd at 2:00pm for an hour of yoga for older adults and caregivers. This time right on your Facebook!

To participate, visit the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging Facebook page on December 22nd and watch the Facebook Live starting at 2:00pm. Jarelys will guide us through stretching and functional movement to get rid of built up tension.

This free class is a great way to shake out the stress of the year!

Participants will need:

  • comfortable space to practice
  • comfortable clothes to move in
  • chair to sit
  • journal for contemplation
  • rolled-up sock or tennis ball
  • Internet to access the event
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Central MA Local Happenings

Ayer

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West Boylston

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Uxbridge

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Central MA Senior & Caregiver Resources

Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren or other family? Looking for help paying the bills and affording the holidays?

Consider the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Holiday Season Scholarship.

This scholarship provides up to $300 per eligible family for expenses related to holiday gifts, food security, winter clothes, utilities, and more!

Email Deb Dowd-Foley at ddfoley@eswa.org or call 508-756-1545 x390 for more details.

This program is generously funded by the Reliant Foundation and collaborative effort between Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc. and the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, Inc.

 

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Senior Connection Bulletin 11/25/20

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Welcome to The Central MA Senior Connection Bulletin

The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging (CMAA)

serves 61 towns and municipalities.

We want to spread the word about excellent events

and programs for senior citizens in our region.

Read on to find out what’s going on in your community!

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Zoom will be waiving their 40-minute time limit on Thanksgiving Day.

 

That means you can talk with friends, family, and loved ones as long as you’d like!

Get your favorite food together and share a virtual meal. It’s a great, safe way to meet!

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FriendshipWorks invites family members, caregivers, and front-line workers to join in a Service of Remembrance to celebrate the lives of those we have cared for, loved and lost during the past season.

This is a special opportunity to listen, share, remember and honor those who have passed during this most challenging time. Our intention is to create a safe virtual environment where we can hold space for each other and honor the lives of our elder friends, volunteers, family and pets who we have lost over the last year. Readings will be given in English and in Spanish.

Directly after the Service of Remembrance we will break out into small groups for a virtual coffee hour to continue the sharing and receive support from others.

We invite you to share names and photographs. If you are unable to attend the event, and you would like us to share a name or photo of someone you have lost, please email otennyson@fw4elders.org.

The Service of Remembrance will be held on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/92564554542 and will also be broadcast LIVE on the FriendshipWorks’ Facebook page. The event is 3-4:30pm.

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LUNENBERG

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A friendly reminder that the Lunenberg Council on Aging offers a Dementia Caregivers Toolbox to help people find the resources and support they need. Located at the Eagle House Senior Community Center, the Lunenberg COA is an excellent local resource, especially for caregivers.

If you’d like to receive a free tote bag, call 978-582-4166 to make arrangements to pick one up Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm.

*Note: The COA will be closed this Thursday and Friday for the holiday.

GARDNER

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The Gardner Senior Center is pleased to announce a socially distant ‘Holiday Stroll’ (weather permitting). Meet at 1:00pm at the skating rink lot on Park Street. Treats for participants will follow the stroll.

To RSVP, call 968-630-4067 and reserve your spot!

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WORCESTER

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The Worcester Center for Crafts’ Krikorian Gallery presents The Cup Show.

Join Worcester Center for Crafts on Saturday, November 27 from 10:00am-5:00pm for an afternoon of handmade cups and mugs from talented artists!

Handmade cups are on view and available for purchase in the Krikorian Gallery (25 Sagamore Rd, Worcester) & online at wccgallerystore.com

 

RUTLAND

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Rutland’s 1st Annual Holiday House Decorating!

Rutland Recreation has collaborated with the Rutland Historical Society, Rutland 4th of July Committee, CTMS, Glenwood and Naquag to bring you…

Rutland’s first (and-sure-to-be-annual) Holiday House Decorating Contest!

Your display can have any holiday theme you can cook up! Lights, inflatables, construction projects, live actors (Clark Griswold, crazy Uncle Eddy??)

Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

1. Creative Inflatables
2. Traditionally Elegant
3.Christmastime Cheer
4.Clark Griswold Award

Deadline to register to get on the map and be prize-eligible is 5PM on Wednesday, December 2nd.

To register, the form on the town website and show your receipt of your $20 donation.

Your display must be drive-by-spectator-ready for voting and viewing by Monday, December 7th.

Displays must be fully lit (if applicable) nightly from dusk to 9pm (minimum) through Saturday, December 19th (weather permitting).

Judging will be done by the public via a voting link that will be posted on Monday, December 7th. Prizes will be awarded to the best display in each category.

Winners will by announced on Sunday, December 20th at noon.

 

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BLACKSTONE

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Mark your calendars for December 10th because the Blackstone Public Library is hosting an adult holiday ornament workshop!

Learn how to use recycled light bulbs to create a fun holiday decoration from the comfort of your own home. Supplies will be provided except for glue guns and craft sealer spray.

Registration is required to obtain a craft kit, which can be picked up using curbside delivery starting December 1st.

Call the library at 508-883-1931 or this link. Hope to see you there!

STURBRIDGE

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Join the Sturbridge Recreation Committee for the 2020 Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony this Friday, November 27th.

The event begins at 6:00pm and will be available to watch on Facebook Live or on Sturbridge Community Television (Channel 191)

For more information and updates, visit the Facebook event page.

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What a way to kick off the week!

We had an excellent time helping Jubilee Worcester and Friendly House distribute hundreds of pounds of food for the holidays! CMAA also contributed Senior Fraud Helpline materials to be included in the meal kits.

Want to see a recap video? Click here to view!

Senior Fraud HelpLine

A partnership between RSVP Volunteers of Central MA,

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, and Family Services of Central Massachusetts

The Senior Fraud Prevention Initiative helps seniors recognize, resist and report fraud. 
When calling the HelpLine, you will find a peer who may have had a similar experience to yours. You will speak with a person trained and knowledgeable about what to do next; a confidante who cares about your fears. The volunteers answering these calls have been trained to identify the tell-tale signs of scams and frauds.

You are not alone.

RSVP’s Senior Fraud HelpLine receives calls from

9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday

1-800-297-9760

 

Central Massachusetts Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

CMAA is pleased to offer seniors residing in nursing or rest homes

a continuing resource for resolving issues related to long-term care!

What is the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program?

An Ombudsman visits residents in nursing and rest homes to investigate and resolve complaints related to personal care, their belongings, food matters, roommate problems, and other issues which impact their daily lives. Ombudsmen resolve complaints through discussion, negotiation, or referring issues to the State Ombudsman. They also provide residents, their families, and community members with information and advocacy.

These professionals are trained and certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and here to help!

For more information, contact OMB@seniorconnection.org

Senior Connection Bulletin 11/19/20

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, Inc. logo

Welcome to The Central MA Senior Connection Bulletin

The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging (CMAA)

serves 61 towns and municipalities.

We want to spread the word about excellent events

and programs for senior citizens in our region.

 

Read on to find out what’s going on in your community!

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MassSupport is a program funded by FEMA and managed with the Massachusetts DMH and Riverside Trauma Center. It is a free, anonymous, and confidential program that provides support and resources to caregivers.

Sign up for one of their Caregiver Coping Groups by using the links below:

·    Thursday 11/19: 7 PM to 8:30 PM https://forms.gle/x6dcgjqSieL3fVBu5

·    Saturday 11/21: 10 AM to 11:30 AM https://forms.gle/iqsUjS1eq3KtniZUA

·    Waitlist: https://forms.gle/7P6uRa6FutXzETzC6

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AYER

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The 150th anniversary of Ayer is right around the corner on February 14th, of 2021. APAC is making an 150th anniversary video of the Town and would like your help putting the video together. Using your smart phones, we want you record yourself talking about Ayer. If you don’t want to record on your phone we can also set up a zoom call to record you. The goal is to put together a video collage of everyone in Ayer (residents, employees, and business owners) who make this town great! We also wants to know how the town has been a part of their lives.

Here’s a list of things to choose from to talk about.:

  • Family History: Does your family have historic roots to the town? Talk about your family history, and if you have photos you want to go along with your interview please submit them with your video.
  • Personal History: When did you come to Ayer? How did the town change your life?
  • Town History: Are you on a town committee? Do you help preserve the integrity of the Ayer? Talk to us about it.
  • Business history: When did you set up your business? How did you become apart of the community?

How to film your videos?

  • Contact APAC via email: ayerpaced@gmail.com or skurland@ayerpublicaccess.org.
  • They can walking you through using your cellphone to record and send a video.
  • They can set up a zoom interview.
  • They can also walk you through using your own camera if you have one.

How to Send Your Video:

CLINTON

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The Clinton Senior Center has some excellent virutal opportunities for staying connected and active! Here are a few examples:

  • Bingo (Thursdays at 12:30pm)
  • Chair Yoga (Fridays at 12:30pm)

The above programs are hosted through Zoom. Please call the Senior Center at 978-733-4747 for information about how to participate.

SHIRLEY

The Shirley Council on Aging Senior Center has announced that they are closing the Senior Center to the public to combat the spread of COVID-19. Here are some updates about their operations:

  • The Van is running for essential rides. Meals on Wheels will continue to be delivered.
  • Social services and Outreach meetings are over the phone. If it is determined an in person meeting is needed, they will schedule an appointment.
  • Please leave a message when calling. 978-425-1390. They will return calls by the next business day.
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BERLIN

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The Berlin Council on Aging would like to remind senior residents that they have extra blankets and other supplies for winter time.

To learn more, call 978-838-2750.

LEICESTER

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Virtual Pastel Paint Class: Georgia O’Keefe’s Miracle Flowers

Join the Leicester Public Library on Thursday, December 3rd from 6:00pm-8:00pm for a a virtual class with artist Greg Maichack.

Greg will guide you through the process of creating your own unique work of art. Suitable for older teens, adults, and seniors. No previous experience necessary, all materials will be provided. Space is limited.

Email library@leicesterma.org to reserve your spot in advance.

BOYLSTON

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The Tower Hill Botanic Garden is pleased to offer on-demand webinars of their program offerings. Everything from ‘Intro to Birding’ to ‘Native Shrubs – Colorful Throughout the Year’ is a mouse click away! Visit their website for more details.

Note: each on-demand webinar has a small fee to offset costs ($7-$10).

 

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SPENCER

Did you know that Spencer Cable Access is broadcasting exercise classes from the Senior Center?

From Tai Chi to yoga, there are tons of ways to get active and connected right from your own home!

Visit the Spencer Cable Access On-Demand page to find broadcast times and watch recent episodes on-demand.

To watch past episodes whenever you wish, visit www.youtube.com/user/SpencerCableAccess

STURBRIDGE

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Join the Sturbridge Recreation Committee for the

2020 Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 27th.

The event begins at 6:00pm and will be available to watch on Facebook Live or on Sturbridge Community Television (Channel 191)

For more information and updates, visit the Facebook event pageFor more information and updates, visit the Facebook event page.

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Senior Fraud HelpLine

A partnership between RSVP Volunteers of Central MA,

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, and Family Services of Central Massachusetts

The Senior Fraud Prevention Initiative helps seniors recognize, resist and report fraud. 
When calling the HelpLine, you will find a peer who may have had a similar experience to yours. You will speak with a person trained and knowledgeable about what to do next; a confidante who cares about your fears. The volunteers answering these calls have been trained to identify the tell-tale signs of scams and frauds.

You are not alone.

RSVP’s Senior Fraud HelpLine receives calls from

9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday

1-800-297-9760

Central Massachusetts

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

CMAA is pleased to offer seniors residing in nursing or rest homes

a continuing resource for resolving issues related to long-term care!

What is the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program?

An Ombudsman visits residents in nursing and rest homes to investigate and resolve complaints related to personal care, their belongings, food matters, roommate problems, and other issues which impact their daily lives. Ombudsmen resolve complaints through discussion, negotiation, or referring issues to the State Ombudsman. They also provide residents, their families, and community members with information and advocacy.

These professionals are trained and certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and here to help!

For more information, contact OMB@seniorconnection.org

Senior Connection Bulletin 11/16/20

Welcome to The Central MA Senior Bulletin!

 

The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging (CMAA)

serves 61 towns and municipalities.

We want to spread the word about excellent events

and programs for senior citizens in our region.

 

Read on to find out what’s going on in your community!

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ASHBY

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Join the Ashby Council on Aging at the Ashby Free Public Library (Central Library) for a free cup of coffee and a snack.

You don’t even need to leave your vehicle!

 

The Drive-Thru will be held this Friday, November 20th

from 9:00-10:00am. 

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GRAFTON

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MILLBURY

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SHREWSBURY

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The In It Together Volunteer Group is looking for newly purchased gifts to distribute to local seniors during the holiday season. The program runs October 1 to December 1.

 

Items can be dropped off at the front of the Shrewsbury Senior Center, located at 98 Maple Ave. There are designated bins for items. Remember, all items must be new with tags on.

 

They are looking for:

  • holiday cards (handmade or bought)
  • non-skid socks
  • sugar-free candy
  • diet and regular ginger ale
  • adult coloring books
  • colored pencils
  • granola bars
  • cookies
  • cereal
  • peanut butter
  • crackers
  • Spam
  • large print crosswords
  • word search books
  • lotion
  • deodorant
  • toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • soap
  • coin purse
  • flashlight
  • stuffed animal
  • water
  • blankets
  • mittens
  • combs and brushes
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • tissues
  • hand sanitizer
  • masks

 

Questions? Email Paula at inittogether01545@gmail.com

Boxes of non-perishable snacks including Jif to go cups

WORCESTER

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SUTTON

Did you know that Sutton Public Access Television broadcasts a regularly schedule Senior Exercise Series?

 

Airing times:

Monday – Friday 10:30am

Weekends 4:30pm

 

Watch on:

Charter 191/192/194

Verizon 29/30/31

 

UXBRIDGE

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Join the Uxbridge Senior Center every Tuesday morning (8:30-10:00) for grocery shopping at Hannaford.

 

Pick up begins at 8:30 AM. Please sign up in advance by calling  508-278-8622 to reserve your seat on the van.

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Senior Fraud Hotline

A partnership between RSVP Volunteers of Central MA,

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, and Family Services of Central Massachusetts

 

The Senior Fraud Prevention Initiative helps seniors recognize, resist and report fraud. 
When calling the HelpLine, you will find a peer who may have had a similar experience to yours. You will speak with a person trained and knowledgeable about what to do next; a confidante who cares about your fears. The volunteers answering these calls have been trained to identify the tell-tale signs of scams and frauds.

 

You are not alone.

 

RSVP’s Senior Fraud HelpLine receives calls from

9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday

1-800-297-9760

 

Central Massachusetts

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

CMAA is pleased to offer seniors residing in nursing or rest homes

a continuing resource for resolving issues related to long-term care!

 

What is the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program?

An Ombudsman visits residents in nursing and rest homes to investigate and resolve complaints related to personal care, their belongings, food matters, roommate problems, and other issues which impact their daily lives. Ombudsmen resolve complaints through discussion, negotiation, or referring issues to the State Ombudsman. They also provide residents, their families, and community members with information and advocacy.

These professionals are trained and certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and here to help!

 

For more information, contact OMB@seniorconnection.org

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