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CMAA Celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

Did you know that over 3 million Americans over the age of 50 identify as LGBTQIA+? (Source: SageUSA)

This month, we will be featuring tips, resources, and community leaders who are making a positive difference in the lives of LGBTQIA+ elders.

Follow our social media pages to stay informed!

 

Let’s Make Worcester Age-Friendly!

The Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging is working with dozens of community partners to formally designate Worcester as an AARP Age-Friendly City!

The Age-Friendly Worcester Initiative focuses on:

Improving access to housing

Caregiver support

Community engagement

Social inclusion

Transportation

And more!

We’re looking for additional community members and organizations who are interested in our collective efforts, including you!

Help us make Worcester a livable place for everyone. Come join the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging and other organizations that have already committed.

Visit our website and click on the Age-Friendly Tab for more information or to get involved.

Worcester Senior Center Reopening on June 15th

Great news! The Worcester Senior Center will be reopening its doors on Tuesday, June 15th.

Programs and services will be offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Virtual programs will continue to broadcast on Worcester Government Channel on Spectrum cable channel 192 as well as Facebook and YouTube.

Lunch reservations are required at least two days in advance by 10:30am and can be made by calling 508-799-8070 between 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. or 508-852-3205, ext. 290 after 1:00p.m.

Transportation to the Senior Center is currently fare-free, courtesy of the WRTA, via Bus Routes No. 1 and 11 as well as paratransit.

Those who are certified for ADA paratransit may schedule rides by calling 508-752-9283 or 1-877-743-3852. All trip reservations can be made as early as seven days in advance, but no later than 4:30p.m. the day before the trip.

All visitors are reminded that, per CDC guidelines, those who are not fully vaccinated are advised to wear a mask.

For more information, email elderaffairs@worcesterma.gov
or call 508-799-1232.

Northborough Senior Center

Earthnotes: Mindful Nature Journaling Course

6 Weekly Sessions

June 17th – July 29th

11:00am on the patio

Think spending some regular, focused time with nature could improve your mental & emotional health? Would you benefit from a structured way of connecting with nature?

Join the Northborough Senior Center for Earthnotes, a nature journaling series from The Nature Connection!

All supplies provided, and no cost thanks to a grant from MW Health Foundation!

Elder Abuse Awareness Walk on June 12th

The Town of Pepperell will host an Elder Abuse Awareness Walk on Saturday, June 12th in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The walk will take place on the new walking path! A $10 donation via cash or check is required. Proceeds will benefit Montachusett Home Care’s Protective Service Agency. Participants will receive a t-shirt with an events logo on it.

For more information or to sign-up, call The Albert Harris Center at 978-433-0326.

To report Elder Abuse in Massachusetts, call 1-800-922-2275.

People age 12 and older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can now get vaccinated.

      • People ages 12-17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine.
      • People age 18 and older can get any vaccine.
      • You don’t need an ID or insurance to get a vaccine.

Social distancing and mask restrictions are slowly being lifted, but safety comes first!

Worcester Senior Center Vaccine Clinic on

June 17th

The Worcester Senior Center will host a vaccination clinic for seniors and their caregivers on June 17 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available. No appointment is necessary.

All visitors are reminded that, per CDC guidelines, those who are not fully vaccinated are advised to wear a mask.

For more information, email elderaffairs@worcesterma.gov or call 508-799-1232.

Disability Information and Access Line

Help with COVID-19 vaccinations for people with disabilities!

The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is now available to help people with disabilities get vaccinated. The DIAL’s trained staff is standing by to:

  • Help find local vaccination locations
  • Assist  with making vaccination appointments
  • Connect callers to local services – such as accessible transportation – to overcome barriers to vaccination

Call 888-677-1199 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern)  or email DIAL@n4a.org

FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Federal Communications Commission Emergency Broadband Benefit is a program to help households struggling to afford internet services during the pandemic. Reach out and stay connected!

Visit https://bit.ly/3tYrxny or call 833-511-0311 to learn more.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Did you know that the

Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development is offering Emergency Housing Assistance during COVID-19?

Learn more about the application process and eligibility by clicking here.

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 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.

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

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