NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Recent news, events and updates from the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging.
Calling all Senior Centers and Councils on Aging in Central Massachusetts!
Come Grab a Cup of Coffee with Dr. Moses S. Dixon, President & CEO of Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, Inc.!
We’d like to formally invite you to participate in an upcoming community discussion series, Coffee & Chat with Dr. Moses S. Dixon!
Dr. Dixon and CMAA staff will come to your center or facility to listen to questions, concerns, or ideas to improve the lives of older adults and caregivers. Sessions will be 30-45 minutes long. Coffee and donuts will be available for participants.
These sessions will be a chance for CMAA to know what the needs of older adults and caregivers in Central Massachusetts are post-COVID over the next three to four years.
There will even be a chance for participants to win a $5 Dunkin Coffee Card!
Please note: we will be taking photos and videos at the sessions for internal purposes and CMAA social media with participant permission. If you have questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is pleased to announce a
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging will hold a Bidders’ Conference on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM, online.
If you are interested in attending, the meeting can be accessed at: https://meeting.windstream.com/j/1122756769?pwd=UHJoYzl2cVM0bVZNRXJ0OUlPNDI0dz09.
The purpose of this Bidders’ Conference is to review FFY 2022 Priorities for funding under the Older Americans Act, the application process, including letters of intent, and highlight criteria used by the Planning and Allocations Committee in its review of proposals.
Only organizations which submit a letter of intent that appropriately addresses the FFY 2022 Priorities will be invited to submit a full proposal.
The Planning and Allocations Committee determines the type of services to be funded by the area agency under each priority. The Committee reserves the right to request interviews with any or all applicants. Applicants’ letters of intent will then be considered for the following areas:
- III B Supportive Services
- III C Regional congregate and home delivered meal services
- III D Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
With adequate notice, people with disabilities may request special accommodations (e.g. sign interpreter, sound system, etc.).
For more information, please call CMAA at (508) 852-5539 V/TDD or
1-800-244-3032. Website: www.seniorconnection.org
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.
With the support of our Agency, these updated cards are now in the hands of hundreds of area seniors!
Thank you to our community partners, like the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, for helping to continue this effort across our region.
Together, we can keep the older adults in our area a bit safer.
Watch Spectrum News video at https://spectrumnews1.com/ma/worcester/news/2020/12/24/grandparents-raising-grandchildren
The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is working to help grandparents raising grandkids.
The nonprofit focuses on seniors serving 61 cities and towns across Central Massachusetts.
Executive Director, Dr. Moses Dixon, said the pandemic can be an especially challenging time for older caregivers because of the technology kids are using for remote learning.
“The grandparents that are raising the grandkids, or are having to homeschool them which is a difficult challenge for them since a lot of them are not technology savvy. So we reached out to a number of funders and other entities to support us to be able to support these grandparents during this difficult time as well as going into the holiday season where there is a lot of mental health challenges not only among the grandparents but also the grandkids,” said Dr. Dixon.
The agency is offering scholarships in partnership with the Elder Services of Worcester for up to $300 per family.
For more information you can call 508-756-1545.