THE LATEST AT CMAA
Wow! Can you believe it’s already the end of November? Scroll on for a roundup of what our Agency has been up to this past month, local resources, and fun upcoming events!
The Key to the Heart of the Commonwealth
We have exciting news! Earlier this month, our President and CEO, Dr. Moses S. Dixon, was awarded the key to the city of Worcester.
Dr. Dixon’s dedication to improving the well-being of older adults and caregivers across Worcester was recognized by Mayor Petty, who presented a very shiny key and declaration.
We’d like to extend a big congratulations to Dr. Dixon for this incredible achievement!
FAQ Video: What is CMAA?
We often get asked “what is CMAA?” Well, here’s a quick video that explains it all!
As an Agency on Aging, we help distribute resources across Central Massachusetts to help older adults and caregivers receive the support they need.
Our service area covers 61 towns and cities across the region, from Pepperell and Winchendon all the way down to Sturbridge and Franklin. (Fun fact: we are the largest AAA in the whole state!) We use our broad network to refer folks to the right direct services, support grantees, and ensure that relevant services are provided to folks in the area. This includes Meals on Wheels and other local programs.
Buy a Reusable Bag & Support CMAA
Support older adults, our communities, and the environment this December! Starting Thursday (12/1) and 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. With your purchase, you can help 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
National Family Caregiver Month
Did you know that November is National Family Caregiver Month? We want to take a moment and recognize the achievements and contributions of family caregivers. Thank you for all that you do and your commitment to helping others. Although November is the official awareness month, we encourage everyone to support caregivers all year!
Check out our video with several tips for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s.
Medicare Open Enrollment is Wrapping Up!
It’s Medicare Open Enrollment time. Are you ready?
Open enrollment runs until December 7, so don’t delay! If you need support with the Medicare process or general questions, here are some excellent resources:
- CMAA (give us a call if you’re stuck!)
- The SHINE Program (offers counselors to help with Medicare process)
- MedicareResources.org (article about what will change for 2023)
- How to Report Medicare Fraud (Medicare.gov)
Time to review your policies, learn about the latest updates, and make any relevant changes!
Local Input Needed: Worcester NowNext Survey
As part of their eighteen-month citywide planning process, Worcester NowNext is looking for your input!
Have a say in Worcester’s housing, transportation, and economic opportunity. Now is your chance to shape the city’s future by completing a questionnaire about the priority goals for Worcester’s Citywide Plan.
Click here to complete the questionnaire.
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:
- Guide to Holiday Lights in Worcester and Beyond (Worcester Macaroni KID)
- Discover Central Massachusetts Events Calendar for December
- Visit New England Christmas & Holiday Events 2022-2023
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.