THE LATEST AT CMAA
From all of us here at the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, we want to wish all of our fellow community members, partners, and supporters a safe holiday season! Thank you for helping us make 2022 a fantastic year. Take a look at this special holiday message.
Holiday Hours For CMAA
We will have some adjustments to our hours over the next few weeks. Please note that CMAA will be closed on December 26th and January 2nd in recognition of Christmas and New Years. We will reopen for normal hours on December 27th and January 3rd, respectively.
New Videos This Month
We’ve been hard at work on several new videos this month. From interviews about aging to caregiver support, we’re here to help!
As an Agency on Aging, we help distribute resources across Central Massachusetts to help older adults and caregivers receive the support they need. Follow us on social media @cmaaging or give us a call at 508-852-5539 to get connected.
Buy a Reusable Bag & Support CMAA
Support older adults, our communities, and the environment this December! For the entire month of December, when you purchase a $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Stop & Shop located at 940 West Boylston St. in Worcester, a $1 donation goes to CMAA. Your purchase helps fund important programs and resources for older community members and caregivers.
Volunteer Opportunity in Central Mass
About 70% of older adults will need some form of long-term care. How do issues get resolved in these settings, though? With your help, we can make a difference.
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, etc. They also provide education for caregivers, families, and community members.
Interested in becoming a volunteer? Email OMB@seniorconnection.org
RESOURCES & AWARENESS
Heating costs are rising, but did you know that relief is available? We want to highlight a program that may be able to assist you with your energy bills this winter: LIHEAP. Also known as Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, this program helps homeowners and renters pay home heating bills and past due balances on utility bills.
COVID-19 Boosters and Flu Shots
Have you gotten a COVID-19 vaccine or booster? What about your flu shot?
With COVID-19, the flu, and RSV rates rising, staying up to date on vaccines is a great way to prevent serious complications. Here’s some more information about getting your flu shot and COVID-19 booster at the same time.
It’s beginning to look at a lot like the holiday season in Central Massachusetts! There are tons of community events happening over this next month, so take a look at the following round up of links:
- Discover Central Massachusetts Events Calendar for January
- Visit New England Holiday Events 2022-2023
- Downtown Worcester Events
We also recommend checking in with your local senior center or council on aging to find out what holiday-themed events and programs they have planned.